Can I do this video without going into a rant? Leave your bets in the comments below. Hey everyone it’s Katy, and welcome back to my channel. So today I am doing another sit-down, random, chatty video, because I’ve had this topic in mind for ages to do a video on, and I can’t really organise my thoughts into a proper video. It just never goes well, I have too many thoughts and feelings to even really be organised into a coherent structure and a coherent video. So I thought why not just turn on the camera, have a conversation and just see where it goes because I feel like that’s probably the only way that I can talk about this topic and get everything off my chest and have this discussion and maybe you guys joining in on this conversation in the comment section. I feel like these thoughts and this kind of discussion point and my opinions on this whole topic really started to get solidified and to almost form from conversations and situations that I would be in where the adults in my life or just people who are of a different generation to me would say things like “Oh, well, we did survive without technology, you know, you wouldn’t be able to survive in my day. You’re too addicted to your phone. You rely too much on your phone. What would you do without your phone?” And I feel like because I was brought up in a generation where technology… I’ve been around it since I was born really, I’ve always been aware of technology, I have been taught in the field of technology, you know, I’ve been very computer literate since a very young age and people who didn’t have that same experience with that upbringing I feel almost are a little bit critical of the people who did because it comes across as being like, “oh well, you know you rely on technology and technology is just something that you are addicted to” and that “you wouldn’t be able to survive without it” and almost like technology is a bad thing and that we shouldn’t have it in our lives because it hinders us and it really started to get like a bit of a niggle in me that I was like, why are we having these conversations? like, eurgh. So I think I should actually get into talking about what I wanted to talk about today, which is autism and technology and why I personally get a little bit hurt when people accuse me of having a technology addiction and just generally my thoughts and feelings about this. I feel like technology nowadays gets really, really bad press. Lots of people have a very negative opinion of technology because they feel like it’s taking away from valuable life skills, we’re no longer having to do a lot of things manually, we can have technology do them for us. And perhaps in many ways it is diminishing our social skills because we are socialising and communicating a lot via email and text and messenger nowadays as opposed to face-to-face interaction or phone calls and I can understand people’s negative view of technology in many respects, I do also agree with people’s negative view of technology mainly because when people take it to the extreme and they start thinking of people and jobs being replaced by technology and having like androids and robots and things like that that terrifies me because I am low-key scared of robots and things like that – they freak me out. So I don’t like to think about how technology is going to advance years and years in the future but here and now in today’s society, I do disagree with people’s negative view of technology in many ways and there’s a reason for that and that is because I have my own experience and my own kind of story with technology and people I think don’t tend to take that story and people like myself into their views and they don’t tend to consider us when it comes to their negative views of technology and they just lump us all together as like millennials who can’t be away from Facebook for two minutes. And that is really why I wanted to have this conversation is because I feel like a lot of people look at people my age and of my generation and if they see us on our phones they automatically assume that we’re on social media and just being like “oh they have to be connected to everything and they have to post about what they’re doing at every second” and it’s not always the case and I just really wanted to talk about this and hopefully change opinions and maybe get people to think about things in a slightly different way. Technology for me has had such a positive effect on my life and I am constantly grateful for the technology that is now in place because I am able, because of this technology, to travel independently to use public transport, to shop independently, to manage my finances, to communicate with people, to work, to contribute to the economy, like it’s enabled me to really be independent and live and that is not something that I am ashamed of. I am not sat here saying to myself “Oh, I should have been able to do all of this without technology” or “oh god, I’m relying so heavily on technology”. That is not the opinion that I have. I am sat here completely indebted to the amount that technology has given me and the independence that it has enabled me to have in life and this is the side of technology that people don’t tend to consider. The fact that the advances in technology are actually enabling a lot of people with disabilities to be much more a part of society and actually contributing in a much more positive way to society and you know things like self-service checkouts allow me to go shopping independently without stress because I’m able to put my shopping through without having to communicate with people socially which I get hugely anxious about and that really stresses me out because of my autism. Things like being able to buy my train and my bus tickets online and not having it to again ask for things from people, worried that I’m asking for the wrong thing, muddling up and getting very scared. I have a visual in front of me that I can like tap in and know exactly what I’m doing and what I’m buying. Things like maps, Google Maps! I’m able to know where I am and walk and travel independently from place to place because I can follow a route and it’s telling me where to go as opposed to me just fumbling around or having to travel with my parents constantly and just not being able to be independent in my eyes. And you know, just things like communication, I’m able to now communicate with people via email and text as opposed to constantly ringing people and this just brings down my anxiety, it gets things done, I’m able to work. I still feel like a lot of people will probably have the opinion that I’m too reliant on technology in situations that I should be learning how to overcome these situations myself without the help of technology. I feel like that’s a perfectly valid opinion. There are still times where I will be using technology like a self-service checkout and I’ll be beating myself up because I’ll be like uh, I should totally be using the normal checkouts because you know, maybe I should be pushing myself, maybe I should feel like I should be breaking myself out of my comfort zone and trying things and I do still beat myself up for the amount of times that I do rely on technology. But I still have times where I’ll leave my phone at home or I’ll try something new or I’ll push myself but it has to be on my terms and it has to be when I know that I’m feeling strong enough to even think about taking on that challenge. Most days I’m not strong enough to do that and the technology that we have in place today allows me to still function and live independently even on my bad days, which I just think is such a privilege and such a thing that I just never take for granted and I don’t mind people saying that I rely too much on technology because in many respects I also feel that but telling me that I’m technology-addicted is in my language telling me that I’m independence-addicted and what the hell is wrong with that? So I think that’s pretty much everything that I wanted to talk about, lord knows I could go on all day about this topic but I feel like hopefully I’ve made my point and I don’t want to over-saturate this video with loads of other just rambles, so hopefully that has all made sense and you guys have enjoyed hearing my opinions about technology usage and technology addiction and autism and how my opinions differ slightly from those around me. Let me know if you have enjoyed this video by giving it a big thumbs up and please continue this conversation with me in the comment section. Like I said, I have not finished discussing this so please have a chat with me and let me know your views about technology and technology addiction and technology usage and technology and disabilities. Let me know in the comments! I hope you’ve had a really, really good day, and I will see you soon. Bye guys.