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Four people of different ages discuss the effects - good and bad - that
technology and social media have had on their everyday lives
particularly Twitter and YouTube. It's
how I like to spend my free time
Sally: I'm suspicious of tech and I think
it's because l'm not any good with it.
There are so many people around who
are amazing with it, so I'll pay them to
get me into a WhatsApp group, set up
a website or explain how to upload
JPEGs, or whatever it is I need to do.
Has tech changed a lot in your lifetime?
two years by something else shiny
What about kids and tech?
Lucy: I worry about my friends' young
children. What kind of society are
they growing up in? Nine-year-olds
have iPhones. It's terrifying
Sally: There are four-year-olds who
can use tech better than me!
Emma: My sister, who's five years
older than me, wasn't allowed a phone
at school. I was, but it had to stay in
my bag. Now, I think a lot of schools
let students use phones in class
What's the first piece of technology
you were really excited about?
Paul: Definitely the Motorola. I was
given it for work. I was able to contac
the office without having to find coins
for a public phone box.
Emma: The BlackBerry. It was the
From computers that filled entire
rooms to the arrival of the internet
and smartphones, technology
shapes our lives. We asked four
people from different life stages to
share their experiences of living in
an increasingly connected world
How would you describe your
relationship with technology?
Paul: Ever since the early 1960s, when Paul: Tech has evolved so quickly. My
our office was the first in London to first mobile phone, in the late 1980s,
get a mainframe computer, l've been as a Motorola known as 'the brick'!
interested in tech. And when Apple
released the iPhone, it was a whole
new world. I tend to look at anything an hour, and calls cost £2.50 a minute.
new and buy i
mad because I'm always on my phone
Lucy: l'm always on mine, too. It's the
It had a battery pack you swung over
your shoulder, the charge only lasted
I can. My wife goes
I can answer
the last thing I check at night. It's my from Japan - it's t phone that had internet. Everyone
thing I check in the morning, and
lifeline for my business. We live in an
era where we spend more time on
our phones than talking face to face
Emma: I'm constantly glued to mine, Everything is much smaller now the brother and me one and I thought
too, scrolling through social media
had one, so I really wanted one, too
Lucy: I had a pink iPod Nano, one of
the first iPods. My mum got my
first computer I worked on filled a
room. You wonder where it'll go in the Sally: A BBC Micro computer. I set i
next 10 years. I can answer my doorbell up to do my VAT invoices and other
Lucy: When I was 14, we got dial-up Killer Gorilla, which I was addicted to!
internet and I'd chat to friends on MSN What are the positives of social media?
Messenger. Now, my entire house i
connected to technology. I have Hue with my family while I'm at uni and
smart lights, Alexa to turn them on and they can see what I'm doing via my
off, and a Sonos system so my musi
can follow me from room to room
Emma: I was 11 when I joined social
media, so l've grown up with it. When other fans of theirs online, too
I was younger, I'd play outside a lot, S The internet is patchy in deepest,
but now I just stay in on my phone
Sally: I hate all these new gadgets
most of which will be replaced in
I can carry all my music around!
88% OF ADULTS
IN THE UK ARE
Japan now - it's phenomenal
things.I also played games on it, like
Emma: It's a great way to stay in touch
ON AVERAGE, WE
24 HOURS A WEEK
posts. Plus, I use it to keep up to date
with celebrities and influencers. I follow
One Direction and Joe Sugg, and meet
84% OF PEOPLE SAY
ONLINE SHOP PING
HAVE MADE THEIR
darkest Warwickshire, where I live!
But, as a journalist and writer, I can
file stories so quickly. I can do three
Source: ofcom.org.uk Communications Market Report 2 August 2018. Source: CMR research 2018
ofcom.org.uk Adults' Media Use and Attitudes Report, 25 April 2018.