The exercise of building my visitor-resident typology map was eye-opening and thought-provoking. While creating this map, I used colours and font size to represent the time and energy investment in the various technologies I visit and/or reside in. A number of interesting trends emerged.
First, Google’s various features and products take center-stage in my map, for personal and professional purposes. Whether I am working on RRU-related tasks, personal reflections, or in collaboration with my work colleagues and students, Google is my go-to space online.
Second, the visitor quadrants of my map are filled with small tools and spaces that, although not at the top of the list in terms of importance, are present nonetheless. Visually, this space is busy and overwhelming, which aligns with the general feeling I have in trying to manage all of the tools I access as a visitor.
Finally, the resident quadrants of my map appear to be relatively sparsely populated, but the tools here occupy rather large plots. This is representative of the time and value attached to them in terms of social connections, and developing my personal and professional identities. I use the plural ‘identities’ to signify the distinction between the professional and personal versions of myself that I cultivate in digital spaces.
The rapid advancement of, and increasingly widespread access to technology is changing the nature of the human landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated an intensification of this change. After contemplating my use of technology and mapping it according to the visitor-resident typology, I wonder how much my map will change, and what it will look like, five, ten, twenty years down the road.