The other day, I received a call to schedule a job interview appointment with Vector Marketing, for which I signed up for via WorkForStudents.com. Shortly after receiving additional information, such as interview location, I was curious as to what I was getting myself into. (Since starting college, I’ve made it a habit to Google anything I don’t know or don’t understand.) After doing a quick background check on the company, I discovered that Vector Marketing is known for scamming college students. I even looked up the street view of my interview location, and it was just a shady attic above an auto garage. =/
I quickly called back to cancel my interview, and upon telling the receptionist that I was no longer interested in the position, she put me on the line with a man who claimed to own the company. He was very unprofessional, made snide remarks, and was overall very arrogant and condescending. Not wanting to put up with the jerk, I hung up and that was that. This experience really put into perspective how technology has changed our lives. Information is so readily available, that you can research your options before making an important decision.
The more I think about it, the more I realize how easy it is to look up reviews on anything before investing any time or money into it. Of course, the source must be reliable, but even then it’s a huge advantage when you’re a broke college student. I can’t count all the times I’ve read reviews on restaurants, musicians, shows, products, and based my final decision on what I’ve read. In my opinion, this effectively filters out quality services and goods from the rest of the junk out there. At the same time, it may make the younger generations more gullible to anything they read on the internet.
And I know I’ve already made a similar post about Skype on my other blogs last winter, but I can’t emphasize enough how grateful I am for it. With myself living in New York City, and my boyfriend living by Boston, these next three months of summer vacation would strain our relationship if not for the wonders of technology. Just this morning, we had brunch together via webcam. : )
When I’m away at school for most of the year, I keep in close contact with my younger brother via webcam and texting. To be honest, a lot of people say technology is the downfall of our generation, but I believe that if you keep it in moderation and use it for the simple things that make you happy.. I say go on ahead.