Becoming more digitally aware

Over the past few months I’ve been home, A-LOT. We all have.

I’ve been doing my internship from home, studying from home, attending events from home and even having coffee catch-ups with friends (from home!).

Whilst all of this has left me feeling a little bit isolated from the outside world, it has made me more digitally connected in way that I’ve never been before.

A few weeks ago, I had my first ever ‘online coffee catch-up’ with a bunch of my high school friends and to be honest I felt it would surely be somewhat awkward…

To my pleasant surprise, this wasn’t the case at all. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Although we were miles away, our conversations felt so natural, as if we were all in the same room. We even had a few laughs playing rounds of scibbl.io (the online version of ‘Pictionary’).

I have to say…technology has no doubt made my life easier, and I often find myself taking it for granted. I can’t tell you the number of TV shows I’ve binged or the number of days I’ve spent entirely in my PJs.

Spending more time away time away from the world and in a digital space, has given me the time to explore new hobbies (like discovering new shows on Netflix to binge) and trying out new recipes.

In some ways it’s made me really productive – by being able to attend plenty of events without travelling. But it’s also made me rather unproductive by spending more time pointlessly scrolling on social media. Not to mention, I just like being around people.

One thing I’ve taken away from being at home (a lot), and attending a fair few webinars, is that I need to be more proactive in times of uncertainty. There are so many opportunities that can come out of taking advantage of online courses, webinars and tidying up online career personas, especially when everything is closed and we can’t physically network.

I think technology has so much to offer and as young professionals entering the workforce, we should take advantage of this to learn and grow, and not just use it as a tool to burn time. That’s not to say I won’t binge watch my favourite shows every now and again, but rather try to keep it in moderation.

I am only human after all.

This article was written by Rebecca, one of the genYOU content creation team members.