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Day 8 – Technology

What gadgets surround you and how do they help?

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Ah one of my favourite topics! Even writing this post I am typing on my laptop, talking to people through Twitter on my phone, watching a film on my TV, and have my kindle open beside me on Facebook.

I recently wrote these two posts on technology, maybe give them a read? Monday Morning Musings and Millennials and Our Technology.

I probably couldn’t survive without my phone. My entire life is on there, never mind my main method of contacting all my friends. I blog from it, call people, keep up to date on the news of the day, and so much more! I could probably now survive without my TV as long as I had access to Netflix and/or a film website.

How about you? What could you not live without?

Ktkinnes xx

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Millennials and Our Technology

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For those of you who read Monday Morning Musings back at the beginning of August, I found an interesting post by The Tab Glasgow (and yes I did just use the phrases ‘interesting post’ and ‘The Tab’ in the same sentence). As a brief summary for anyone who doesn’t want to click on the link and view the post (do it… doooo itttt) – I was thinking about how our generation are labelled as being addicted to technology. Even as I sit here writing this post, Rachel is reading up on Robert Gordon University on her iPad instead of their prospectus, Dad is scrolling through his Facebook feed, I’m on my laptop to write with my phone beside me, and the TV is on. How was time spent before we had all of these distractions?? Now I know it’s been a while since my post and the post by The Tab were first published, so you’re forgiven for not remembering I even wrote this post.

 

Anyway, I digress – how novel. I’ve posted the link to the article down below, as well as, well I suppose I copied and pasted it, quoting it. I’d like to take the opportunity to only and clearly state that I am not the author of this piece of work, I have asked and received permission to include it in my blog, and I would like to thank The Tab Glasgow for allowing me to do this.

 

Have a read and let me know your thoughts! Maybe we can get a discussion started on it?

Where did it all go wrong for millennials?

 

You’re probably reading this on your iPhone on your lunch break at your London media job, eating an overpriced Pret sandwich (at your desk, because taking it out rather than eating it inside is cheaper) and sighing at yet another accusation of being a ‘millennial’. I mean, you technically are a millennial. A millennial is just someone raised in the 90s and noughties – no negative connotations, just a fact. So why has being a millennial become lazy switch-out phraseology for being a boring, self obsessed twat? Why have we come to hate the word so much?

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Today the Daily Mail claimed “The Facebook Generation are saying No To Sex“, while The Times titled a similar article, “No Sex Please, We’re Millennials (but only to a degree)”. Basically the articles say millennials aren’t having sex. Our generation has more virgins than any generation since the 1920’s. We don’t smoke, take drugs, or do anything but stay inside and watch Netflix.

Why do we keep getting painted as boring sacks of shit? Maybe we aretaking less drugs, going out for fewer beers. And do you know why this is? Because we’re poor. When the only jobs available to you are essentially: ‘send tweets for startup chilli jam companies’ or similar, and London rent prices for a singular, mouldy room in a house sharing with 8 strangers could get you a palace in Scotland, we’re allowed to be poor and miserable. We are boring. We are poor, boring millennials who can’t afford more than one of Shoreditch’s finest £6 beers. A lack of money leads to a lack of fun , a lack of alcohol in our systems leads to a lack of shagging randoms. It makes sense as part of the big picture, but where exactly is your evidence?

In 2008, The Times posted an article claiming that ‘More Students Prefer Studying To Socialising’ (because one uni’s accommodation built a common room instead of a bar, that is the sole basis for this groundbreaking evidence). Last month, The Times posted another similar article. In 2008, Uni fees were still capped at £3,000, and The Times cites this inflated price as the cause of students focusing more on their education. Well look at us now, The Times, 8 years later in a hellish Brexit purgatory, with £9k+ fees and no maintenance grants. You were shocked we were boring back then, and yet you’re somehow still shocked now? The world is a depressing place and instead of getting bang into hard drugs to cope with the fact we’ll never own a house and the closest we might come to true love is a cute Pomeranian we saw on Happn, you’re complaining because we’re reducing teenage pregnancy rates and getting better degrees?

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But why are adults so concerned, at all, with what we do in our spare time? I don’t see many articles claiming that OAP’s prefer heroin to MDMA, or ham sandwiches to anal sex. Is it because the older generation know one day we will be running the country, and looking after them? But this insane judgement feels misplaced, because the older generations did the two things they accuse us so frequently of, too: not partying enough, and partying too much. If a young girl gets raped, the commentators want to jump on the ‘that’s what happens when you mix young girls and cheap alcohol’ bandwagon. When a guy gets hurt on a night out, you want to tell us that it was because of the drinking game he was playing. We’re warned that our binge drinking is out of control and we’re causing irreparable damage to our health. One minute we’re scolded for not socialising down the pub with our mates regularly enough, but when we do, the fact we were drinking suddenly becomes all of our hamartia.

Your da’s generation had the mods and rockers. Your nan’s generation had people married and settled down as soon as they were old enough to procreate. Millennials are just a blend of everything that has come before us. We’re well rounded people, that all have different opinions, different desires in life, different past time preferences. You can’t paint us as Tinder using robots incapable of human contact in one article, and then slam a 20 year old for having sex on Love Island in the next. One minute we’re a bunch of hyper sexualised kids, ready to fuck anything that moves, and the next we’re going to die alone due to our general ineptness? Either make your mind up about us, or accept we’re just a generation of normal people that have grown up in simultaneously advanced and excellent, but also extremely shitty, circumstances.

Drug usage levels amongst young people may be dropping, but I could still probably find you a dealer in any part of London with no more than three consecutive text messages. There’s enough real-life evidence that doesn’t come in the form of confusing bar charts and misplaced government funding. In the bigger picture, we probably are boring. But please, stop framing this idea you have around the fact we’re doing it for some introverted, selfish reason. We want to go out with our friends.Literally no student in the history of ever has preferred revising to necking Jäger Bombs. We don’t have to get a husband from down the street aged 15 and hope to get pregnant at 16 in case we die young anymore. Things have changed. Please stop telling me ‘facts’ about my generation whilst simultaneously being so far removed from it you can’t even see us back here, swiping everyone left on Tinder and ordering Deliveroo to our £800 PCM zone 6 flat.

Ktkinnes xx
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Monday Morning Musings

Well firstly, I’d like to thank The Tab on Facebook for getting The Vengaboys stuck in my head this early in the morning (it’s 5am by the way, I’m writing this at 5am). Good morning! How was your weekend? I’m alright, thanks, just a bit sleepy. Rachel’s flight is at 7am so she wanted to leave here early enough to give herself time for breakfast at the airport. It was a good weekend but I’m actually now looking forward to getting some serious revision done! Once I wake up again because let’s face it I’m about to go back to sleep. 
As is my normal routine, I looked at my Timehop today and realised that 6 years ago I was writing in slang constantly – no wonder English wasn’t my strong point! My musings of this morning, however, are when did I resort back to actual typing? Yes, I still use some slang when on Facebook messenger or texting, and who doesn’t shorten words to make your tweet the right number of characters on Twitter? Our generation get slated for our addictions to technology and social media. While I can admit that I have a small addiction, it’s not only our generation. My 60 year old Dad spends hours just scrolling through Facebook, unsure if I shared something or just liked it. My 75 year old granny has a better laptop than me and is always on her iPad, checking the weather and, again, browsing Facebook. So when did it become a crime to use the technology given to us? 
I love my phone and my laptop. My life wouldn’t stop without them, but they are now an integral part of my day to day life. It’s why I don’t feel guilty for being away from my blog or Twitter on Saturday. I was with family and enjoying a family day out. Didn’t even have headphones on in the car!
What’s your opinion on the whole technology/social media debate?
Ktkinnes xx

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Two for Tuesday!

Hello! Me again 😊 Not only is it Two for Tuesday because tonight I share 2 facts about myself, but this is also my 2nd post of the day. How about that? My posts are a bit like buses – none for ages then 2 come along at once.
My favourite meal is the first of tonight’s reveals. Now as it’s “meal”, I’m including starter, main, pudding and cheeses – yes cheese gets its own mention, what sort of lactose-tolerant, omnivore would I be if I didn’t like cheese?

The best starter has to be prawn cocktail with either a salad or a thick slice of fresh wheaten bread. I’ve recently started to put some avocado in there too! Definitely my all time favourite starter. Unless there’s something with goats cheese. Goats cheese always wins in the end…

Main course, and please wait a minute before passing any judgement, would definitely be scampi and chips from the Ramore Wine Bar in Portrush, here in Northern Ireland. There aren’t really any words that would explain why this is my favourite except that it’s tradition and when it’s cooked fresh beside the sea you can’t help but fall in love with it. Served with a nice portion of mushy peas and lots of vinegar and ketchup, there’s very little I can think of that makes me as happy as when that plate arrives in front of me…

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All time favourite pudding would definitely be sticky toffee pudding served with honeycomb ice cream. Need I say anything else?

Now for my favourite course. I love cheese, can’t get enough of it. To be honest, for 10 months of the year it’s my main source of dairy as I tend to only eat natural yogurt with fruit during the summer months and I’m really not fond of milk. For years I would’ve told you that my favourite was either Brie or Camembert however this changed a couple of years ago. I was introduced to Stilton and marmalade on hovis biscuits and I promise you there is nothing better on this earth. You have to try it! I’ve now moved on to stronger blue cheeses as I love the salty tang from them. Again, I can never turn down goats cheese but it is rarely on my cheeseboard so I don’t count it in this list.
I love knitting. For years, Rachel and I would go visit our grandparents in County Fermanagh. After Granda died, we went more frequently but often found ourselves sitting inside a small bungalow with only basic analogue TV – hands up if you remember having at most 8 channels to flick through! Granny decided, to pass time, that she would teach us to knit. From scarves to blankets to dolls and bears and clothes, Rachel and I were taught to knit quietly and it kept us happy. There was no DVD player for years, and Granny didn’t have wifi. Also, with our location so close to the Republic of Ireland, we couldn’t use 3G on our phones even if we caught signal (which was rare in itself). It actually makes me sad that a lot of kids these days wont grow up with somewhere to go to just shut off from technology… Does that make me sound old?

Good night!

Ktkinnes xx

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The pre-sleep thoughts

Every night before I go to sleep I follow the same routine – change, close curtains, use the bathroom and brush teeth, get into bed, close blinds and go through the apps on my phone, normally starting with my emails. Tonight as I finished going through the multiple discount emails, I remembered the fun I used to have when I’d come back from a holiday. 

It was exciting to see how many emails I had received when I had no internet to see them. Now, with technology being what it is and almost all hotels having some form of Internet access, it’s quite rare for my emails to build up. There’s no longer that anticipation, the silent begging that went on inside my head, willing the computer to hurry up. No more sitting on the edge of my seat as Internet Explorer slowly loaded. 

Instead, for £3 a day, Vodafone allow me to use my normal contract when travelling within the EU. This means 3G, or sometimes if I’m lucky 4G, access pretty much anywhere. Even better if there’s wifi. Last year in Ibiza we refused to pay €7 a day each for wifi and so each day one of us would take it in turns to share around one phone. It didn’t matter if we didn’t get on that day because then you knew you would get on the next. This year there’s apparently free wifi in our bedrooms so there’s even more chance of me accessing emails and Facebook and, more importantly, WordPress.

At first I was delighted to hear about the wifi. It meant I could keep in touch with my friends back home, or check what’s going on with Wimbledon and other TV shows I watch (yes I know that makes me a little pathetic…). But it also means I can still be brought into different discussions about who’s fault it is that we were fined for not cleaning the kitchen. I will have access to my emails, none of this waiting around. If I wanted to I could even check on my dog Baron on the live webcam from his room in the kennels he’s staying in.

So now I ask myself, has technology gone too far into our personal lives? As a family, when mum comes home from work, the TV is turned on and it isn’t turned off again until bed time. We all sit together to eat at the kitchen table, which is more than a lot of my friends can say. The volume is turned down but the news or Pointless is on in the background. However we do have one rule of no mobile phones allowed on us during dinner and they should be on silent out in the hall. After dinner, my sister and I do the dishes and chat before moving back to the living room to watch TV. But we don’t really watch it. We’re on our phones, checking Facebook or messaging people. Mum by this stage is normally on her iPad, looking things up and sharing random bits of information with us, while Dad just zones out completely focused on the TV. This continues until we go to bed where we all continue to either watch TV or use our phones. 

This routine we have found ourselves in is actually quite depressing if you think about it. Families used to talk and play games or do things as a unit, giving each other their undivided attention. So my aim for tomorrow is to use my phone and laptop less. You never know, I might find that I actually like my family!

Good night everyone, thanks for reading 🙂

Ktkinnes xxx