Back in 1988, I had a friend who told me that the state had purchased a desktop computer and delivered it to her home as part of her vocational rehabilitation career training. (At the time I did not have a computer.) I remember thinking that, if I could only get a computer for myself, then it would be so much easier for me to, similarly, improve my career skills – and get a better job.
Fun and easy versus boring and difficult
Eventually I got a home computer. So, did I use it to help myself to improve my career skills?
Yes … somewhat. But I also quickly ran into a problem that was hauntingly similar to the one that I had previously experienced when my “learning avenues” were limited to reading library books. In other words, I just got tired of focusing on the career-useful skills and shifted my attention to the fun and easy things.
In the pre-computer days, the “fun and easy” things meant “watching tv instead of reading books.” Now-a-days, it means using fun and easy internet resources rather than those resources which can (if I study them diligently) move me forward with my career plans.
Reasons or excuses?
So from hindsight, it seems to me that the reason that I was using (in 1988) to convince myself that I did not have a good enough learning environment (because I did not have a computer) was kind of insincere.
Internet usage statistics
Now-a-days in America many poor people have access to all of the worlds libraries via the internet. So, do they use this access to further their career skills in order to help themselves to rise out of poverty?
Or do the poor, by and large, use their internet access in fun and easy ways that tend to keep them locked in poverty? And do they sometimes explain their poverty by using “reasons” outside of their own time-management choices?
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How about you? Do you have access to the internet? Are you struggling in poverty? If so, then, in your own opinion, does the way that you use technology tend to help you in your efforts to become self-supporting – or does it tend to keep you locked in poverty?
If you are satisfied with the way that you use technology, then good for you. But what if you are closer (in your own mind) to having the sense that your use of the internet is not exactly where you, yourself would like it to be?
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