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Make Cycle 2: Summary work with Audrey Watters’ “The Weaponization of Education Data”

Ashley López: Weaponization Through Algorithms

The Weaponization of Education Data” – written by independent scholar Audrey Watters – provides many points of views in regards to the data being collected by the federal government and educational institutions. In the world that we reside in, it is simply necessary to have our personal information collected in order to do things like attend a university. But the real question is if collecting this personal information is really necessary. Are the institutions that we are providing our information with using it in the most professional and discreet ways possible? According to Audrey Watters, the answer to this question is no. There are a number of ways that data is being used to undermine our personal freedom and upward mobility. Watters focuses on three major points in her article: Education Technology in a Time of Trump, Algorithmic Discrimination, and Education Technology and School Surveillance.

Watters begins by explaining to the reader how in her previous years she would have been able to write an article on the topic of data insecurity, but now in our modern times it is much more complicated than that. She states that there are many incidents of personal data being stolen in the departments of education. Although many incidents do occur in the education systems, Watters believes that this issue extends beyond education technology. She proposes this because according to the article “The Verge: 143 Million Compromised Social Security Numbers,” over 140 million Social Security Numbers and other personal data have been stolen in a data breach at Equifax. Then she continues to inform the reader about how education technology has immediately changed under the Trump administration. Watters explains how the data of people who are undocumented in this country is leading to them being targeted. She claims that their immigration data is being weaponized. This is lamentable because many of the immigrants who are being tracked down with their immigration status information are scholars, tireless parents seeking better lives for their children, and even doctors. They too make up the future of America, which is why it is essential that institutions only ask for necessary personal information. This is crucial, specifically for undocumented people in this country because giving someone your legal status could potentially change your life forever. I believe Watters does a great job in making sure that we as the readers understand that once we put our identities into someone else’s hands, there is a chance that they will use it as a weapon against us. After discussing this touchy subject, she ends with informing the audience about algorithmic discrimination.

We all know that discrimination exists in our everyday life, workplace, and in politics. However, we do not stop to realize that there is discrimination occurring in algorithms, which are essentially the key segment of computer programs. Although Audrey Watters’ article is full of knowledgeable information in regards to weaponization of data, the topic I found most interesting was algorithmic discrimination, which is one way that data is being used to track our every move. According to the article “Should Big Data Be Used to Discourage Poor Students From University” written by Asha McLean, which is linked in Watters’ article, McLean states that an algorithm using government data in Australia is being used to discourage students from low income socioeconomic backgrounds to attend universities. According to the article: “Should big data be used to discourage poor students from university?” there have been groups of people who have created programs that will literally tell students, “Well based on your socioeconomic background and your parents history etc you won’t do very well at university … or your odds are low” after putting in their personal information. This comes to show how low income minorities are being discouraged to pursue higher education simply because of the world they come from. This is a form of discriminating against people who do not fall into the category of “eligible” to attend a university. Because being “eligible” usually means being more wealthy, this means that in the future the poor will stay poor and the rich who have always been on top, will stay on top. A handful of data should not be able to say whether or not you can or will attend a university. Sadly this is our reality.

After reading some background information of Audrey Watters on her blog and reading her article “The Weaponization of Education Data” I have become eager to learn more about the types of writings she does. When she describes herself in her blog she does it in such an honest way that it makes me want to personally meet her. She describes herself in a plain-speaking tone, which allows the reader to hear her true voice. In the same way she describes herself, she writes “The Weaponization of Education Data.” She communicates to the reader the major concerns that we all as global citizens should be worried about in regards to putting our personal information into someone else’s hands. Personally I enjoyed this reading because it was something that I could relate to, being a student and a person from low socioeconomic background. Therefore, I found all of Watters’ information interesting and helpful. Now that I have read this article I will be more careful to whom I am giving my personal information to. I also enjoyed reading this article because it reminded me of the many roles that algorithms is having in our society. I, of course, was already somewhat aware of the things that Watters discusses in her article, but reading it has kept me in check and reminded me of the world I live in. It has been a wake up call and reminded me why I came to Chico. I have come to pursue a higher education and make my parents who have gave me the world proud, so that one day I could give them the world. For this reason I will not let an algorithm be correct in predicting my success at here at California State University, Chico.

Alex Xiong: A World Run by Capitalism

“I won’t be another statistic,” a phrase that I remember from the recent movements and events happening in the last few years, from the Black Lives Matter movement to a number of movements, events, and statements. In my mind that phrase never really applied to me until reading the article. That article being “The Weaponization of Education Data” written by Audrey Watters. In her article, she argues how data that is collected today “[can] be weaponized” and can be used against us (Watters Paragraph 9).

She first starts off with the multiple breaches in big corporations, such as Equifax and Yahoo to name a few in the recent years. With these hacks, it left some hundred thousands maybe more, exposed to identity theft. She argues that this a huge problem because if major corporations can be breached, how can school systems keep personal data, such as our SSNs, out of the hands of someone with an malicious intent: As “schools are simply not prepared to [answer] the cybersecurity threats” of today (Watters Paragraph 3). She explains that there have already been breaches in education technology that left some millions of people vulnerable to attack. One of the examples showing how our data can be used against us are the recent ICE raids. Audrey explains that because of the data collected by schools, they can make “inferences based on the data that’s available” (Watters Paragraph 18). They use the data they collect on people and to determine if that person is a citizen or not. The data collected can also be used in another way: Discrimination. Tech companies can do this through data compilations and algorithms to sort us into groups. For example, school systems can sort students into groups that were “supposed” to fail with the very same algorithms, setting up those students for failure, already assuming their fates are pre-determined. Her arguments in the article she writes shows how exposed we are in the digital age, as we constantly being tracked 24/7. In this day and age, we are just another statistic for others to take advantage of.

One of the articles she pulls evidence from, that she links to in the her article, is called “Educon 2.9 and ‘Student Voice’ or ‘Finding a Glimmer of Hope in a Time of Chaos’” written by Chris. In the article, he argues that his students, who are millennials, have more to them than meets the eye. He explains how millennials are often stereotyped as being “awful” but they aren’t the only problem with the world (Chris Paragraph 4). As he explains, they aren’t the ones wrecking and destroying the planet. This article supports Watters’ arguments because it showcases how some people feel like they are set up to fail. As she explains, the fear of getting set up for failure is a very real thing especially with all the data collection going around. Some people are stereotype as failures because of the upbringing or performance. Millennials can find this extremely relatable because we are categorized as an awful generation. As Simon Sinek explains, we’re “accused of being entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused, and lazy.”

I think Watters’ article and arguments are extremely compelling. The data collection is a very complicated situation. I’m actually really scared of it as our personal information can be turned in a gun pointed at our backs. Even now we are vulnerable to anyone with a malicious intent, because of school, work, my bank, to name a few, who have a whole bunch of personal information that people can use for identity theft. Of course there are a lot of benefits to data collection. However, I think the the negatives of it overwhelmingly outweighs the positive. The government uses data collected on a person for public safety, watching and taking anyone they deem dangerous. But, like Rey from Star Wars once said to Luke: You can’t assume one’s destiny when you foresaw their fall to the dark side. As their destiny is not set in stone. When thinking about this during my workshop, the data collection topic kept leading to one place for me: It is the fact that our society is a capitalistic one. One can say if you want more money find out what other people like doing so you can profit off of it. But how can our society function as a capitalistic one when how hard we work doesn’t matter. Does it mean the hard working lawyer work less harder than a hacker?

Kinnah’d Hughes

While reading Audrey Watters’ article, I received her argument to be about our education system and how the government goes above and beyond to track certain things now, even though the majority of it doesn’t need to be tracked. I was a bit confused throughout the article, but the part that I found most interesting was the section about Education Technology in a Time of Trump. Throughout this section of Watters’ article, she mentions a very important situation in my life, specifically for the people I care about, which was about the DACA and immigration situation.

Watters’ starts this section by talking about Donald Trump, and how his first order as “President” was banning all refugees. That was a huge effect on America and our immigrant students because “the order had an immediate effect on scholars and students, many of whom had returned home over the holidays and were stuck outside the country – some even stranded mid-transit” (Watters). Another result to Trump making this horrendous decision was that many international and immigrant students were affected in the school system as well. For example, a group of girls from Afghanistan on a robotics team were all denied their visas to get to the US to continue their competition. Though you would think those two effects were bad and hurtful enough, those weren’t the only effects of Trump’s actions that Watters’ mentioned. She continued to inform us about two more important situations which were: ICE and DACA.

ICE is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and I would like to mention they are a group who, before this “President” that we have now, I have heard nothing about. But since Trump’s leap to strengthen the country’s border, ICE has been on a rampage. They’ve been arresting high numbers of immigrants, even some who “did not fall into categories previously targeted by law enforcement – they did not have criminal records” (Watters). This went too far to where parents were taken away after taking their children to school and even one student, Diego Ismael Puma Macancela, was taken away just hours before his own prom.

Watters’ continued on with her point about this outrageousness by next mentioning a new situation with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a way for American Immigrants, like my best friend, who were brought to America illegally as little children to be able to grow up and get an education here. According to the Hechinger Report last updated September 5th, 2017, about 800,000 students are protected through the DACA program. About 800,000 students who are most likely still immigrants, because of this simple minded country making it hard for them to get legalized, are protected under this amazing program, which Trump planned or plans to end. This section of the article continued with Watters’ expressing how all the data collected from DACA students, which should have remained in privacy in my opinion, could possibly be an effect with the deportation of them or someone really important to them.

I thought this article overall was amazing, and it gave us great information that our country would have probably liked to keep quiet, so I am very grateful for it. Once I finished reading this article it left me feeling very irritated with this country that we call “Land of the Free.” It left me with the thought that we cannot in any way shape or form call ourselves that, while we constantly kick out people for wanting nothing but a better life for them and their family.

Horacio Romo-Robles

In the article “The Weaponization of Education Data” by Audrey Watters, many different things were specified but the main points that stood out to me were insecurity on the internet in school, immigration, and the Trump Administration. During her arguments, she explored the different schools that had data security issues, where they got hacked and they got information taken away. She listed various schools and had different information of the school. After discussing the data insecurity, she went on to talk about immigration and how families were getting separated from their parents just because of a simple travel ban or a law that had been implicated. In the same frame as immigration, she went on to discuss the DACA program and the education of individuals. This is when she transitioned into talking about Trump and how he had all these different travel bans and had all these ideas on immigration, education, and people’s uses of technology as to where schools are tracking and keeping information recorded of many students.

A link that I followed from the article has to do with travel bans:“What You Need to Know About Colleges and the Immigration Ban.” It has to do with an executive order that Donald Trump put in work that bans refugees from entering the United States. It didn’t only affect the people trying to come in but it affected another seven majority Muslim countries. During this travel ban prompts were given to colleges to see what they thought this travel ban was going to do and how they were going to be affected. According to the article, “Of the more than 15,000 international students who are directly affected by the order, roughly 12,000 are from Iran”: that statement has a big impact because many Iranian citizens that were just trying to reenter the country to keep going with their education were refused their entrance because of the travel ban. After implicating stats on affected people, they went into thoughts of colleges and how they were responding. They stated that many would be affected financially, education wise, and stability. At the end of the article they discussed what was next to be seen and they indicated the following: “On Saturday, a judge issued a nationwide stay that prohibits anyone currently in the United States from being deported under the order.”

My thoughts on these two articles are different because one talks about one specific thing and the other one opens to a much broader discussion. I believe that having many concerns about what goes on is good to a certain limit. Like it’s good that Watters worries about data insecurity and all these other things because what if my kids, or yours, or a relative’s kids go to these schools. You might not want them to keep track of everything or you might not want them to do all these tests on them to get information. Basically, if you can avoid something, I’d be better. On the second article I touched on, travel bans are something that is going around a lot right now, and it’s something that many of us should be aware of because of our immigrating families, friends, neighbors, etc. For me it touches me because both my parents migrated to the country and even though they are both legal we still fear that something will happen to them.

Jordan Fuentes

While reading the “The Weaponization of Education Data” by Audrey Watters, I like how she describes the important roles that the internet and its IT services offer, and how they’re completely unprepared when it comes to being able to defend themselves from malicious attacks such as ransomwares and cyberattacks. I clicked on one of the links, which led me to “Brewer School System Still Dealing With Effects of Recent Cyber Hack” by NBC Maine; there was a part that caught my attention because it began to talk about a cyberattack on a school system in Maine which would call parents with the automated voicemail saying that they were going to harm their kids. I found that part interesting so I decided to look more into it. The reason being is because I wanted to know if there was a solution to these attacks. Unfortunately, there was no clear solution except hope, because these school districts would close the schools for weeks and open in hopes of the attacks being over.

While I kept reading the text, I found another part that caught my attention: it was the wannacry Virus because it was publicly announced that the US had declared North Korea the culprit for the effects of this virus. I then clicked the link in order to learn more about the topic, which led me to the article “U.S. Universities Race to Contain WannaCry Ransomware, Officials Say.” This article described how this virus affected three hundred thousand computers world wide and how the situation was handled. The way the virus works was by targeting computers that ran on a really old windows software that was extremely outdated: it would lock the computers files and ask for a ransom. Most of the time they did not release the information until the three hundred dollar ransom was paid. If it was paid in the following three days it would double the amount, six hundred dollars, and if the ransom wasn’t paid within the following seven days their files would be deleted from their systems. Fortunately, some of these companies have a backup system, which backs their data just in case of breaches. I personally believe that it is a temporary solution to a permanent problem because they can be continued to be hacked, but they back up their system, what is the purpose of it? If they, once again, have no protection from these malicious hardware. An idea that caught my attention was that some of these universities who were affected by this virus decided not to participate in the discussion about the topic; for example, “North Dakota State officials confirmed an infection had occurred but declined further comment.” I believe this may be the underlying cause as to why these schools are targeted because they are showing vulnerability. For example, if these companies decided to speak out they would realize that it could actually become a learning opportunity for many companies, schools, hospitals, and any location that has this kind of access. The way that these places could benefit from these potential situations is by studying the signs before hand of how the virus works and to better prepare for the attacks.

While analyzing the article “Casper College Looks to Amazon Approach to Customize Student Experiences,” by Autumn A. Arnett, something that caught my attention was that they described how the students could actually benefit from having these personalized profiles by giving them access to after hours check-ins or simply advice on any curriculars. This could benefit students by giving them these resources and having a better retention and graduation rate, which could prove to be absolutely life changing not only for the students, but for schools too, for these schools have “the ability to combine personalized learning with intrusive advising and allow students to customize their collegiate experiences based on their own preferences could be a game-changer.” To conclude, I believe the author has some very strong beliefs on how were coming into a new era of technology with little to no protection. These systems are becoming so integral in our everyday lives and hold valuable information why shouldn’t we become more self aware on how to become more preventative while accessing these services.


Make 1 Cycle: Featured Makes–In make cycle 1, we looked at the self, selfies and the quantified self. For our makes, we created artifacts that represent our identities.

Abraham’s remixed song

 

 

 

Ariana Figuero made a mason jar project; so so cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veronica Beltran’s Video project:

Jacob Barrera’s “unbounded latino”

Who knew I’d be at Chico State one step closer to success

Or as I would say comin out the varrio

Throwin it back to elementary sketchin out the ol S

Me llamo Jacob n this how the story go

Grew up in a latino household about 8 deep

My dad the only one workin sometimes a struggle to eat

gettin home late he’ll sleep n have a cold beer

My moms in the kitchen cookin n gettin n his ear

Now the arguin start to happen n i gotta get my lil bros

Take em to the room so nun tryna get in they peepholes

I’m first born n I got a lot of sh*t growin up

But I can’t blame my parents for givin me they two sense

I’m grateful for what I have now so I raise my mid finger up

Cause I want my own dream fu*k a white picket fence

Growing up in the hood made me see n realize lots of stuff

Watch whatchu wear cause being outside can get rough

I didn’t even say I was from and that’s the San Fernando valley

A place where all you see are minority families

Now my family isn’t perfect but I love each and every one

We all got our ups and downs but It’s better than havin none

To me family is everything and I could say I’m blessed

But there are others out there who have none or less

Now what I brought to the table was a lil of my past

N will definitely be more as I get older

This the piece that I wrote for this class

And it sound like this poem is over

Bianca Rosa’s Pictochart

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Yang’s Pictochart

 

 

 

 

Manting Xiong film:

Daniela Galván’s film:

 


Week One Discussions: Featured Writers

Danielle Collier

The article “Big Mother Is Watching You” took a while to draw me in. For a while I was just reading and reading to get the reading assignment done. As the article got into talking about the sleep tracking bracelets my attention was drawn in because my aunt and I were recently talking about the bracelet that she had. I thought hers was creepy because it was able to track the different times that she woke up throughout the night and what time it happened. We talked about how cool it was because the device was able to tell her how deep she slept. The watch subtracted the times she woke up throughout the night. The app later apprised her of the total calculations and displayed the levels of sleep she in the night. I was amazed, interested and creeped out all at the same time. I thought that the sleep wristband was advanced and was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard. Little did I know that sleep wristbands are old and technology is way more advanced than I knew.

The article opened my eyes by providing a timeline of the technological evolution from tracking steps with pedometers to tracing heart rates and tracking sleep levels. This article made me think of how advanced technology is today and that’s where my mind went on a tangent. I thought about how social media has advanced from little ole harmless Myspace, to Facebook, to Instagram to Snapchat to Twitter. I thought about how we just agree to the terms and conditions to install the app not knowing what we are really agreeing to. We allow these apps in our messages, photo gallery, call logs and recent searches not knowing that they have now webbed across our whole phone and have access to everything. This thought creeped me out and it brought it back to how allowing those same companies who track our phone and what’s in our minds how actually have access to our unconscious selves. We have allowed these companies access to our unconscious heart rates. Maybe I’m overthinking it or even too paranoid but I know that with this much access and power over someone they have the ability to do many things far beyond our knowledge.

Personally I don’t post anything personal on Facebook anymore, Instagram is used as a way to get my music out there and Snapchat I delete and reinstall every so often when I feel like I need a break from posting about my personal life every so often. I wish I could permanently delete social media and have their be no history of my accounts. I wish I could transfer all the photos that are meaningful to me in an online vault that isn’t all tracky tracky then use a regular old camera to document the moments I want to member. That way I will still be able to have the images that I want to keep close to heart and not be under the surveillance of whoever is behind the webcams, tracking social media accounts and now the people that have access to track our sleeping patterns and when we are unconscious.

Ashley Napper-Vaquera

In the article “Big Mother Is Watching You: The Track-Everything Revolution Is Here Whether You Want It Or Not” by Anne Helen Petersen, there are many points that that she discussed about tracking things. Although of all the information gathered in the article but what stood out to me the most was the tracking device “MimoBaby. MimoBaby in my opinion is a little creepy, because of how they track babies patterns. I never actually realized the amount of work they do for apps like this, like specifically I didn’t even know that this is a thing. I just assume that mothers and fathers would prefer it, but I know they would need that personal moments with them instead of having some tracking device do it for them even though it would be easier on them. In my opinion, I don’t think I’d use this for my baby because it’s weird and it’s a must as a parent to do so don’t use a easy way out. But that is just my opinion; it may be fine for others or who knows I may even change my mind as time goes on and when I get a child. So basically I think if just depends.

Another point in this article that stood out to me was that by this year there will be 60 million fitness trackers in the world. 60 MILLION! Like why that many? And I’m sure there is more coming as time goes on. I find it fascinating that there is that many; I guess people need to find the right fitness tracker to fit them but I still think that’s a little excessive. “As of September 2014, $1.4 billion in venture capital funding has been directed toward the wearable and biosensing market; by 2018, wearable sales are expected to push $30.2 billion” (Petersen, Big Mother Is Watching You). The money does so well that they push for these trackers. They know that people want to be fit, and by finding the right app will be the start of them being fit. Personally for the times I have worked out, I prefer the free apps because they are still effective in achieving goals but some people want those apps where they offer more to get the results they want, so they’re willing to pay and that’s why the funding and business for it is good.

Right now the things I keep track of don’t compare to what were mentioned in the article. Some examples of the things I track are emails, text messages, eating, blackboard, and my phone battery. Those are some of what is important I need to do to get things done. I don’t track how much water I drink when I in fact probably should, I don’t keep track my steps but it is interesting to see how many I’ve done, and the amount of likes/views I could get on social media. The two points I’ve mentioned above are what stood out to me in the article and got me to think; not only think how about them as if I use them but for others too. I just stated opinions on the topics if I found them necessary or not. The MimoBaby is a little strange but if some people like it then good for them. The fitness trackers, hey I mean it’s a pretty good product to do and it gets money, you just need people to want that motivation to workout to use it. That’s all I got for this discussion.

Daniela Galvan

While reading “Big Mother is Watching You,” I was surprised by how much we track ourselves. It’s crazy how obsessed some people are with how much they want to know about their workout, miles and even pets. While I personally do see benefits to knowing how many miles I just ran with an app or about knowing about our sleep patterns, what I found the most interesting about the whole article was this quote, “Its not surveillance, after all, if you’re volunteering for it.”

Most people don’t realize that thy are volunteering to be monitored by the app or websites they willingly sign up for. I also don’t like how they are coming up with ways to track everything your dog does. The dog never volunteered to be tracked and while it may be helpful if the dog gets lost. I personally think its creepy to know when your dog goes to the bathroom or chases a cat.

Reading this strange Buzzfeed article has made me reflect on myself and on what I track in my everyday life. I am not obsessed with tracking my followers or likes but I do notice when I get less likes on certain pictures. I guess in a way I do track who sees my snapchat story. I definitely track how many hours I work because I’m trying to get paid and buy cute shit. In a way we don’t get anything out of tracking our life on social media. Tracking things in life like how much water we drink or hours we work is beneficial. We as busy college students need to learn to prioritize our tracking so that we benefit and don’t get distracted with irrelevant tracking.

Elizabeth Ramirez

The article “Big Mother Is Watching You” by Anne Helen Petersen, I found it interesting how she’s been tracking her sleep for 3 years on an app called Sleep Cycle. I personally have used it before then suddenly stopped; I don’t remember why. The way I used it was plug in my phone to charge, turn on the app on the set time I was going to sleep that night and wanted to wake up in the morning, then lock my phone and placed it on my night stand where it was close enough to hear me if I moved. But the way she used it was placing it under her pillow, which I found interesting and it is what you’re supposed to do but I didn’t because I was scared that if I moved too much then my phone would fall into a tight space where I couldn’t reach it.

Some things that I track would be the time on my phone because I don’t have a watch I use daily. I check it every ten to twenty minutes because if I leave too late from my house, which is about 45 minutes away plus traffic, and do not find a parking spot there would be no chance of getting to class on time. I also keep track of how much water I’ve drank and if I’ve had all 3 meals a day. I find it really important for me to drink a lot of water every single day because in the past I wouldn’t drink any water. If I was wanting some sort of liquid I looked for apple juice or just eat an orange for the juice. I now have a habit of always having my canteen during school and drinking it throughout the day. I make sure I eat 3 real meals a day because it’s really easy to forget to eat a meal when your busy doing all sorts of assignments and going to meeting etc… and instead grabbing a snack because it’s faster.

What I gain from getting to class on time is my education that I’m paying for and I wouldn’t want to fail a class because of so many tardies. Drinking lots of water and having 3 meals a day is important for making sure that my health is good or at least trying to be healthy. All these have something in common and that is they all benefit me for good. The reason I don’t really care about other things such as likes on a post is because at the end of the day I think to myself did I waste my time on something that isn’t going to matter tomorrow or for my future. I’m not going to lie: I used to care so much that if I didn’t get a certain amount of likes on Instagram I would delete the post. But I’ve changed and realize there’s so many other things that are important to focus on then some likes.

Allison Mendoza

After reading “Big Mother is Watching You,” I was honestly terrified, dazed, and confused. For example, when the article states, “he most holistic baby-tracking devices come from MimoBaby, whose “Smart Nursery” currently includes a respiration-sensing “baby kimono” that not only protects against SIDS, but combines data about the baby’s feeding, naps, and sleep patterns to determine whether a waking baby needs to be fed or can be settled back to sleep…” First, I would not feel comfortable that a machine is taking over my job as a parent.

I should be the one tracking all of that, sure it would make it easier but there are risky factors that come with electronics. The first thing to pop into my head would be hackers. Hackers can hack into that tracking device and take all that information about your baby then it’s no longer in your hands but in others. (It was never to begin with, but you get it.) I also found this statement strange when it says, “a device like the Lumo Lift promises to give you better posture through the use of a device, magnetically affixed to your lapel or shirt, that buzzes every time you slouch.” I found it strange because I remember as a teenager my mother used to always tap my shoulder in which I hated when I would slouch and to see that there is an actual device that can advise you when you do is creepy. I can’t imagine having a device that would be the one to remind me to stand straight!

I feel like I keep track mainly of my work hours, how much I eat, my likes on social media, makeup lines, and how much gas I use. I keep track of these things because they affect me. For example, I track my gas because I must make sure I have enough to get me to work and last me until my next pay check. If I don’t track this next thing you know I have to ask to borrow money and I don’t like that. I track my likes because I like to see who sees my stuff or who’s up to date with what I choose to share. I usually don’t track my followers I just like to see what kind of people I have on their and if they bother me in some way, I tend to simply remove them. I obviously track makeup lines because I work at a cosmetic product base store so its part of my job to stay updated on what new products have launched and what new things we get at out store. I don’t like to have customers confused when they come in and ask for something that I don’t even know what it is. Luckily, by being updated I tend to always be able to give the customer correct feedback. I feel like I gain a sense of responsibility and knowledge because I become a little more selfish yet organized with what I do and use daily. I learned that I am aware of what I chose to share and what I put out there. I stay on top of my hours to make sure my paycheck is the accurate amount that I worked for.