By Jasmine Watts
This trip has made me realize how dependent I am of my phone. A few days ago, Darrien lost her phone and we all thought the world was over. I almost cried for her. I couldn’t imagine being in another country so far away without a phone. (She found her phone thank God.)
Yesterday we stayed in a hostel. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. I’m one of two people on this trip that has an international plan and still, I couldn’t use my phone. Every time I went to post a picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat and I couldn’t even open the apps I was disgusted. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t even log into WordPress to upload my daily blog. Everyone on the trip was frustrated because there was no wifi.
When I woke up, I thought about it. What would our generation do if there was no wifi? How would our future career paths be without the technology that we’re used to? How could I start my career in a small town like that? Would I even want to study mass media if I was from a small town like that? What would mass media even be like there? When something like wifi is taken from us so abruptly, it’s hard to adapt. It’s hard to focus on other things. It’s hard to just realize how fortunate we truly were to be in that small town and experience the things that hardly anyone else we know will ever experience. It’s good to be connected to connected to others, but are we too connected?