The perceptions that we have of the world shape the way we understand it, and new technologies lead to new perceptions. Perhaps my greatest shift in this direction came once I had an iPhone; once I began to carry in my pocket a device that would allow me to capture and share what I was seeing or hearing instantly via tools like Twitter – tools that were simultaneously personal and not directed at any single other person. This device, these capabilities altered the way I experienced the physical world. I no longer had to be stuck behind my desk to share content, to make connections; I could do so from the wild. This started changing what I saw by changing what I looked for.
I experienced this as well when I got my first iPhone/first reliable smartphone. Even though I used to carry a camera in my purse, I had to wait until I got home to upload the photos anywhere. Now that I can share on a number of networks anytime right away, new conversations happen in my head - “do I put this photo on Instagram, or Facebook? Or both? What’s a cute caption?” On and on.