Living In A Wired-Wide World

These days we have been talking about digital technologies and, inevitably, how connectivity is affecting our relationships and lifestyle. We are constantly engaged in many different ways, from texting, to producing and sharing our own media.

This urge to keep our eyes on a digital display is particularly powerful among young people, as this article from New York Time mentions. Yet, adults are also falling for the digital trap very quickly. And I feel we are all still in the process of adapting to the frenzy of being wired 24/7.

The following short film, directed my Miles Crawford, is amazingly revealing. How do you feel after watching this two-minute film?

Gary Turk is the man behind “Look Up”, another powerful short film that became viral last Spring.

There is obviously a heavy irony in this film becoming viral, as explained on this blog post by Jez Kemp. I recommned reading it. Do you agree with the point he makes?

Irony aside, it is definitely food for thought. And, I am quite sure it is an aspect of our lives that you have all ended up talking about with friends and relatives, decribing the downsides of digital technologies. But what about the advantages?

Digital and social technologies are here to stay. Why? What do we really get from being connected? What are the main advantages for you? In which areas of your life have you experienced greater benefits from having a social media profile?

As an English teacher,  I  see wonderful learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their linguistic and communicative skills.  I am an advocate for using digital technologies to be exposed to learning experiences, which were unavailable only ten years ago.

Effective language learning, in my view, may not possible without face-to-face interaction, but learners empowered to make the most of everything out there, can make a difference in their learning journey. It requires support, learning to filter content, rehearsing and, also, discipline (knowing when to switch off). But I think it is worth it.

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