First of all, I’m still trying to comprehend how this blog came to be as a result of a course requirement. I think part of the incredulousness also stems from the fact that I am currently writing this during the Great Ontario College Strike of 2017 (my comedian brain is weighing the odds of this not being read until early 2018).
Having said that, if you are here, you likely fall under one of the three following groups: 1. Professor Martin Waxman; 2. my fellow classmates; 3. my peers from the other two sections. Or maybe you arrived onto this blog serendipitously. None of that matters, as I intend to do my best in writing interesting and engaging material for the both of us. You are more than welcome to comment below and share with me your thoughts.
My writing style is a reflection of me in real-life: usually introspective, rarely gossipy, often witty, while always aiming for authenticity. My writing also revolve around certain themes of my experience, and for this blog – at least for the foreseeable future – you will get a glimpse of my views on the intersectionality of technology and health. This being a working-project, other topics may be introduced later on, I might not even stick with prose.
Now, a warm-up…
Per the World Health Organization, health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. This definition is tricky enough from a medical perspective, it’s made more complex by social norms, modern lifestyle, and increasingly, modern technology. In our earnest attempts to become healthier by utilizing technology, we make ourselves weaker because we become consumed by and dependent on the technology itself. In other words, we miss the forest for the trees.
As a mental-health advocate, and having struggled with episodes of depression, the next post will focus on how my reliance on modern technology affected my mental-health, and what I have done to loosen its grip on my well-being.
Now, go and unplug, we will Randezvous again.