Email: As a result of technological advancement in the last 30-40 years I have seen myself become addicted to several online behaviors. When Brinkman explained virtual and online addiction, he described it as certain online behaviors like gambling, video games, internet surfing, sex, extreme sports and so on. Although he did not explicitly mention emails, they are, however, implied by his examples. I see myself as been addicted to checking my email at least twice every hour when I am awake. Although other technologies have facilitated this behavior such as the multimedia apps on my cell phone making access to my emails fairly quick. In addition, I tend to prefer to send emails to my professional colleagues instead of calling and talking to them on a phone.
How I Learn: I tend to depend on online search results for topics I would like to know more about. These search results may be customized for myself by search engine companies. People have described this as living in an online bubble, as Eli Pariser mentioned in a TED talk that we should beware of online 'filter bubbles'. He explained that 'web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.' (Pariser)
Online Communities and Social Networking sites: Although, I am not actively involved in an online community, my self-concept of meeting new people have changed as a result of these communities. During my last summer internship, I moved to a new city without knowing anyone who resides there except my roommate. Thankfully, I was able to register with meetup.com and joined a few meetup communities where I was able to be involved in. An example would be a meetup for soccer enthusiasts whereby we meet at a bar, socialized, and watched soccer. Other communities encourage discussions, such as DaniWeb.com which is an online discussion community of IT professionals and contain forums to get free computer help and support. Furthermore, social networking websites can be categorized as a larger online community where we meet and interact with one another. I spend a considerably amount of time on social media websites such as Facebook. I love this website because it allows me to effectively communicate with my family outside the United States. Although, we may not see each other in over 1 to 2 years, I am still able to be involved in their life by viewing their Facebook statuses and communicating with them regularly.
Online Video and Music delivery: Online video delivery has impacted my way of life although it is still fairly new. Websites such as Netflix.com, Youtube, and Hulu provide visitors or users with movies, music and videos including network and professional content. I have never owned a TV as a result of online video delivery websites and I don't see myself buying a Television in the nearest future.
Wikipedia: The most used web-based, free-content encyclopedia is Wikipedia. I regularly use Wikipedia to learn more about historical events, topics, famous people, or issues. I use Wikipedia at least twice a day. Wikipedia has defined my self-concept on how I retrieve information. The website is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay leading people to believe that most of the articles on the site are not legitimate and, therefore, not reliable. I tend to think otherwise because of how much I utilize the website's services and having positive experiences in all occasions.
"Eli Pariser: Beware Online "filter Bubbles"" TED: Ideas worth Spreading. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2014.