Online Today: keeping in touch

Steven Morris

With the launch of the ‘Online Today’ project, I thought I’d write a short oldblog about what being online means to me. I can actually sum this up in one word… everything! That’ll probably sound like a bit of an exaggeration, and maybe it is, but it is very close to how I feel. Almost everything I do requires some degree of online access and I’ll cover some of these in this oldblog.

I’ve lived in a number of places during my life and I keep in touch with friends online with Facebook, Twitter and other video chat services such as Skype and FaceTime on the iPhone. As getting out and about to socialise with friends can be more challenging for me, being able to keep in touch online is really important. This doesn’t stop me getting frustrated when the video crashes and I lose the connection though!

I love keeping up to date with the news, particularly this year with an election just around the corner. Don’t worry, I’m not going to turn this oldblog in to a political post… I promise. Being deafblind means that I’m unable to read a normal newspaper, so online resources play a big part in how I access the news. Sites such as the BBC, as well as some of the newspaper sites, are all websites which I regularly visit. I’m also a big sports fan, and, because the football team I support (Swansea City if you are really interested) play over 100 miles from where I currently live, I follow their games online also.

One of my biggest passions is reading and, I’m always looking at Amazon to choose my next book to read on my Kindle app or the next audio book to download and play on my phone while I’m at the gym!

Online banking gives me the freedom to manage my own bank accounts and online shopping gives me the opportunity to spend the money in above mentioned accounts! I also use services such as the BBC iPlayer and Sky Go apps to access live or on-demand TV.

So, therefore, it is fair to say, that being online means a great deal to me, giving me the freedom to do the things which are important to me and which I enjoy. Please use the comments section of this oldblog to share what being online means to you.

The Online Today project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund

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3 thoughts on “Online Today: keeping in touch”

  1. Good post, and so true.

    Being online means I can work, study, keep in touch with people, find out what is going on in the world, read, shop and so on, independently.

    I often go weeks or even months without support from someone who could do things like food shopping with me. So without the Internet, and online grocery shopping, I’d be unable to get food.

    Being online really does mean everything to me, too.

  2. Dear Steven Morris
    Thank you for posting your bog. I must say I enjoy reading your article. I truly understand all aspects of what you wrote down.
    I just wonder how you write down what comes up to your mind as you said being deafblind.
    I wish you healthy and always enjoy to keep your passions going.

    1. Hello Tan. Thank you for your kind words about my blog– and I apologise for how long it has taken me to answer your post. To answer the question you asked, I have some hearing so I am able to hear my screen-reader ‘JAWS’ which converts text on the screen in to speech. I also have a Braille display which enables me to use Braille on my computer and smartphone.

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