I would consider my self a digital resident. I feel very comfortable with technology and I turn to it to get work done and to relax. However, I feel like my relationship with technology has changed over the past few months of quarantine. I know that I am not alone in this feeling. Before technology felt like a companion that I could take with me and use to get things done. But now it feels more like my portal to everywhere that is beyond the walls of my house. And I am both grateful and resentful to it.
I used to go to teach in a school building every day, now technology is my portal to work. I used to go to the store, now I shop a lot more online. I used to hang out with my friends, now we connect online. I used to go out exploring in the city, now I… I… I kind of do that online. I am extremely grateful for the access that technology has given me when my access to most everything else is so limited. This time would be so much more difficult in most every part of my life if I did not have the ability to use technology to connect.
At the same time, this tool that was such a welcome companion for life’s journeys has become a core necessity of life that I am terrified not to have but also get tiered of always being there.
Digital resident… perhaps but it feels more and more like I cannot leave.