Digital Hermit

#DigPins first week has been an opportunity to examine my digital identity. A few interesting readings, a visitor resident map, slack discussions, and finally putting off my blog post until I have had a chance to see how the crowd was positioned before I shouted my thoughts into cyberspace. In real life… sorry IRL I enjoy the quiet and I would much rather spend my time with a few friends having a drink on the back porch or in some wilderness far from civilization. When planning a vacation big cities are on the bottom of the list – I grew up a short drive from DC, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore yet visited all of them collectively less than a dozen times. I think this identity translates well to my digital identity and explains most of my online habits. Any time I begin to engage in any form of social media I almost immediately become this guy:

Most of the internet I am a visitor. Any place I am a resident is focused on interacting with that small group of friends and family or to promote myself professionally. I seek places on the web where I can accomplish a task without much interaction with others. Just as I get overwhelmed in a city with all the noise, hustle, and bustle, I find find some digital environments to be the same so I avoid them. So now week 1 is done and it is time to get introspective. Who am I online and what does this mean for pedagogy? My digital identity is more or less a hermit, I come out now and then to be reminded about what I am missing then I retreat to my cave (credit to Mitchell Scott’s much better prairie dog analogy). I use digital tools necessary to accomplish my research or teaching. As an instructor or collaborator, I need to consider other’s digital identity to be effective in my teaching and research. I might prefer the quiet, but every now and then you need to venture into the city.

(2) Comments

  1. autumm

    Thanks for this reflection Adam. Though you describe yourself as leaning more visitor I think you have the great makings of a resident if you so desire. One thing that drives me nuts about a lot of resident activity is that much of it can be sort of thoughtless. Being resident is not about pushing content it is about creating meaningful connections with content and with other people.

    Even if you decide that being resident in public is not for you I think that the skills and tools of residency would serve you well in making connections with your students.

    Nice gif use btw

  2. Shan Bryan-Hanson

    ” I enjoy the quiet and I would much rather spend my time with a few friends having a drink on the back porch or in some wilderness far from civilization.” I relate to the need for quiet spaces. As a result, I’ve found I’m very much a visitor when it comes to my personal life and more of a resident regarding things related to my field.

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