We are all cyborgs!

 

This was a big part of my final project but I felt it deserved its own blog post instead of being crammed into my earlier outline post. One of the sources I used for my final was a TED talk by a Cyborg Anthropologist and Amber case. She states the traditional definition of a cyborg in the video as an organism “to which an exogenous components have been added for the purpose of adapting to new environments.”   She then goes on to describe how we have made technology a part of our selves. We rely on these devices we carry with us everywhere to hold our information and to give us instant access to it. We use these devices to communicate with each other and to allow us to do things we could not do before. She stated that all of these things are not an extension of our physical selves but our mental selves. I found this extremely interesting because it means that my cellphone is a part of me, a part of who I am. Maybe not the phone itself, because I do get a new one every two years, but the ability to access information through it and to connect with others. In my project I cited a study that found that 79% of people 18-44 have their phone with them 22 hours a day and that that fact was true of me too. I’ve always thought of my cell phone as a device that I happen to be extremely attached to but I never really thought of it as a part of me, but it is. I feel completely lost without it. Aside from my summer without air conditioning, for my journal I also wrote a short entry of my day without my cellphone. Only one day and there wasn’t a whole lot for me to write because I didn’t do much. I didn’t even really leave the house because I didn’t know what I could do. I also stayed off of my computers so I couldn’t message my friends. I mostly just watched TV. I am completely attached to my devices and without them I wouldn’t know what to do with my life. I use them for work, for school and for my social life. If I were to be without them for an extended amount of time I don’t know what my life would be like. I’d say I’d read a book but all of my books are digital now and on my computer or tablet. Amber Case also states in the TED talk that we have a second self, and that that second digital self is being interacted with even when we aren’t there, which is very true for me. I can barely think of a day where a friend or family member didn’t ask me “did you get that link I sent you?” or “did you see the invite?” Thinking about this is kind of amazing, I now feel like there is this whole other “me” and I have to figure out who that person is, because if I lost that person (lost my devices) and couldn’t interact with them I would “totally freak out.”

 

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