You might be surprised to see me talk about this topic here.
Though I’m a computer and technology advocate, (and teacher) I do make jabs at tech. Technology is meant to serve us, not the other way around. I’ve lately seen how completely ridiculous Instagram has become as pre-teens overrun the space. Classic example: a handful of 11 and 12 year-olds at a party, sending each other status updates. From within the same room!
I thought this was an age thing, until I read this thought-provoking piece titled “Technology is Not The Answer : A Student’s Perspective.” It was published in Education Week in October this year.
By a high-school junior.
He cites cases of why students need to develop personal relationships, and not just on-screen button-pushing skills.
Back to Instagram. This is how WikiHow recommends how to gain followers.
Like and comment on pictures. Once you start following some people, take some time to Like and comment on their photos. Not only will this make the other person feel good, but other people may see your name or comment and check out your profile. If you stay active, this can lead to a steady stream of new followers.
It’s all about making others feel good?
It may be time for schools to require any student who has a phone in their backpack to take a digital literacy 101 lesson. Maybe this is harsh, but some parents need this too.
If you don’t believe me:
- Google the words Instagram, stupid, and people and check out sites such as damn cool pictures.
- Or read this piece in Fast Company called “How Instagram almost ruined my life.“