I am a fake. A sham. A charlatan. To my credit, I'm a pretty good faker, but I am not the genuine article, the real deal.
If you looked at my tech footprint, you would think I am a reasonably tech-savvy guy. I have a personal iPad and one from my school and I use both. I have a Bluetooth keyboard, a Bluetooth speaker, and an iPhone. At school I have a desktop computer, and at home we have a laptop. I have e-books on both my tablets, on my phone, and on my Kindle. I store a lot of music on my phone.
As for my web presence, I maintain a personal website, a business website, and a website for my classes. I host three different Twitter accounts and three blogs. I am on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. I check three different email accounts multiple times per day. Colleagues laugh when I post pictures almost faster than I take them.
Yet for all that, I would make a terrible teenager. For you see, none of that activity and none of those tools are my first thought or choice.
I noticed this when I recently spoke to a class of student teachers at Ball State University. I had tweeted about the activity prior to speaking and thought I would get some pictures to tweet from the event. Yet as I sat in the parking lot responding to tweets from new followers, I realized I had forgotten to take any pictures. Why was that? After my talk I was engaged in several conversations with undergraduate education majors. I spoke with faculty from the school of education. In all of that I was focused on the person in front of me. I simply forgot about the cyber world. I was captivated by the human-to-human conversation at hand. It just never occurred to me to take out my phone.
I doubt that a teenager would have had to think of it at all. It would have been as natural as breathing. While I do wish I could have had some pictures from the event, I am rather pleased by this particular example of forgetfulness. It shows me that while I use the tools of the age in which I live, I have not completely forgotten the ultimate purpose for why I use them.