Networking 101

AM’s technology usage on Friday, 2/1

created with Mindmeister.com

My Map

The above map represents my use of technology on an average Friday. I chose to create my map with an emphasis on purpose.  Each thread, as is indicated by the text (lessons/teaching, bookkeeping, planning, communication, etc.) represents the task I was doing or the purpose for my use of technology.  I then used the image of the clock to represent the amount of time I spent on each task during the given day.  The larger the clock, the more amount of time spent.

Clearly, the largest portion of my time with technology was on direct instruction or teaching.  Within each thread, there are several images that I used to represent the tool, the location, and whether or not the interaction also included face-to-face networking at the same time. 

Icons on map

  • used laptop: Apple icon
  • used phone: cellphone icon
  • at school: stack of books
  • in the car: red car
  • at home: house
  • included face-to-face: smiley face

“[We] cannot understand the relations of two people-or a small group-online without considering the broader social networks in which they are connected, offline as well as online”-Wellman and Haythornwaite (qtd in Gane and Beer 25).

Surprises

I was mostly surprised at how little time I used my phone and how “disconnected” I was at home.  Although I am not a huge phone person (I was one of the last holdouts to get a smartphone), the screen time via my phone was even less than I would have thought.  This, however, was likely due to the fact that I was tracking my technology usage on a Friday.  I usually “unplug” much earlier on a Friday night than on other weeknights.

“Castell’s argument is that new media, while not causing the rise of networked individualism, has provided the technical infrastructure for it to develop, be sustained and perhaps even intensified over time” (Gane and Beer 23).

What does it say? 

I think this map says that I spend a great deal of energy and networking on my work.  Just from the visual of the clocks, it’s apparent that a large majority of my screen time is spent on work activities.  Only the tiny little portion in the upper right-hand corner involves home and friends.

“Communities… were based on the sharing of values and social organization.  Networks are built by the choices and strategies of social actors” –Manuel Castells (qtd in Gane and Beer 23).

Other ways of looking at it?

When I first began mapping out my networking, I used pen and paper and focused less on type of activity and more on the device that I used to connect.  I noticed that 90% of my interactions with information and other people came through my laptop rather than my phone.  (I did not initially recreate this on Mindmeister because I was having trouble figuring out how to make one thread look larger than another.) 

When I was initially focusing on device, it was important to me that the laptop on the map looked significantly larger than the phone appeared, since so much of my time was spent interacting with this device.  It wasn’t until I was almost finished with piecing it together, with a focus on task rather than device, that I discovered the ability to make the clock images larger.   Either way, however, whether the map focused on task or device, it is clear that the majority of my networking time is done at work and for work-related activities.  Very little networking was personal.

“When a computer network connects people or organizations, it is a social network” –Garton (qtd in Gane and Beer 27).

Works Cited

Gane, Nicholas, and David F. Beer. “Network.” New media: The key concepts. Oxford: Berg, 2008. 15-33.

MeisterLabs. “Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming.” MindMeister. 2019. 03 Feb. 2019 <https://www.mindmeister.com/&gt;.

Published by amhudak

a life-long learner trying something new

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1 Comment

  1. I agree that knowing you are tracking your activity makes you more mindful. I downloaded an app to track my phone use. While using the app, I really scaled back with my phone. I’m also interested in your awareness of different kinds of mapping and how that influences your visual.

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