Hao

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It’s the golden hour when we finally get a chance to sit down. Sunlight streams in through the windows và lights up the dining room and kitchen’s warm tones.

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One side of the dining table is littered with magazines, unopened mail, & coupon leaflets from various newspapers. The other side has a tray full of condiments ready to lớn use for meals.

Short, blachồng hair frames An-Hoa Pham’s face, and despite her tired expression from dealing with a hot summer’s day, she looks relaxed and youthful for her 60 years.

All around us are various devices. There’s a công nghệ Bluetooth không dây speaker sitting next lớn a house plant on top of an oven. In the office desk snuggled inlớn a corner, there’s a Macbook paired with a Magic Mouse nestled amongst a frenzy of monochromatic wires.

An-Hoa loosely grips the lademo iPhone in her right hand as she leans her elbow on the edge of the table, occasionally checking the screen with a glance whenever a notification pops up. Within her reach is her máy tính bảng ipad, complete with a stvà for hands-miễn phí viewing.

“I’ve had Facebook since around 2008,” she says.

Then she gives a small huff of amusement. “I find out a lot of news, & even though I’m not friends with some friends, I can still get their news through other people. It’s interesting. I get a lot of updates through Facebook.

“It made me aware of many things around the world. And I got reconnected with longtime friends và a lot of people I haven’t seen for years”

When asked if there’s anyone she hopes she could talk to lớn on Facebook, she immediately gives a nod. “A few cđại bại friends still don’t have sầu Facebook, so we only talk by phone. And some of them live in other countries where I have no connection.”

Compared to lớn the rest of her age group, An-Hoa tries khổng lồ embrace social truyền thông and work her way around the new gadgets that are constantly getting released, although she was initially reluctant.

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“I needed lớn use computers for my work in bookkeeping. I had khổng lồ send reports. I didn’t even have my own computer until 2004, but that was a hand-me-down from my husb&.”

However, she readily admits that her technological journey is one of increasing dependence.

“I’ve sầu been using computers for a long time. I think I would be lost with no connection. I check the mạng internet every day, check mail every day, kiểm tra Facebook every day.”

Looking back on her childhood though, An-Hoa notes that while it was a simpler time, but it came with its inconveniences.

“Before that I had khổng lồ use snail mail to skết thúc letters khổng lồ my boyfriend, who then became my fiancé. And growing up in Vietphái mạnh, my friends are my neighbors. We talked all the time, so there was no need for letters or anything, even though we didn’t have sầu anything. With long distance friends, there also was no communication, only when we meet & we talk.”

I ask her what she thinks about the general impact of social media and whether it’s a good or bad thing. She cocks her head slightly in thought, but seems a little hesitant lớn respond. When she does answer though, she focuses on the need for relevant information rather than gratuitous oversharing, the latter of which she struggles to lớn underst& and visibly cringes at.

“It’s good in a way, but it’s bad,” she begins. “Sometimes I clichồng on things but something unrelated shows, and it’s bad things that I don’t need to know. But in general, I think it’s good. I learn many things too. Especially now you know, all the recipes that people methandienone cycle for women evidence for share. Before, people just want lớn keep secrets about cooking, about household cleaning & supplies. Now you can find out almost everything that you want to lớn do-it-yourself. DIY. People chia sẻ freely, comfortably. Not lượt thích before.

“I think Facebook và Instagram and other things, I think it’s too much exposure,” she continues. “Your personal life, there’s some privacy to lớn it. Not that you want lớn hide anything, but sometimes if you tóm tắt too much about yourself it’s not good. Sometimes you want lớn save those things for your significant one.”

I argue that there are friends and family who are concerned and vày want khổng lồ know the details of personal life, especially those who can’t be there in person. It can be beneficial to lớn mô tả personal milestones and thoughts, so why keep it away from everyone else?

An-Hoa nods in understanding, but counteracts with questions of her own.

“Things lượt thích celebrations, I think it’s okay lớn post online. But things that are more intimate, you should keep it with your significant other because it has more intimacy, like proposals. Things between you and your spouse, you don’t need to lớn tell other people. Why? You can talk to your family in person, why bring it to lớn Facebook for everyone khổng lồ know?”

This leads her to shares concerns about the impact on younger people & how necessary it is to lớn be cautious.

“Technology nowadays, there’s so many things available. Especially, you know, pornography & inappropriate sites. It creates temptations. Nobody toàn thân knows so you can have sầu the freedom to lớn look at anything you want. There’s no limits. If you don’t see it, you won’t have sầu the temptation. But then you see it, temptation arises and you get hooked, addicted easily. Especially on YouTube, there’s a trail. You see one, and then there’s more and more. It leads you & it’s unending.

“In a way, it has good, và it has bad. But how can you control it?”

And that’s the ultimate question isn’t it? As An-hoa noted, we live in an age where giải pháp công nghệ and social truyền thông media is becoming more accessible và affordable by the day, & it’s good, sometimes even great. But do we control it or is it controlling us?