Randomly Met

In this new series, we ask random people in different cities around the world about their digital lives. Our first is an illustrator from Munich who happens to love the idea of a robot baby harp seal

Name: Carolin Eitel

Age: 30

Job: Illustrator

How many hours a day are you online?

It’s really hard to say. Checking emails, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, and Google needs time. Probably three hours a day, including work and entertainment.

When did you have your first mobile phone?

At the age of 15. I think it was in 2003, and it was a Nokia 3330.

Do you have digital breaks (when you’re offline)?

Not really. I try to minimize my time on digital media when I’m on vacation. If I have free time I want to read books. I also have the desire to discern the place I visit consciously not just physically. But in fact I can’t say that I have digital breaks like one weekend offline. That’s not my style.

What are your favorite apps?

It sounds so simple but I really love to use the weather app. It feels like I could be at every place I want to. I’m always where the sun shines. In my imagination it feels good to start the day like this. Another app I use every day is the Tagesschau App. And of course I use Instagram, too. Especially for showing my illustrations.

What’s the best thing about living in the digital age – and the worst?

One of the positive aspects is that it’s so easy to be connected. My cousin is living in Buenos Aires, but I know what she’s doing there and what her life is looking like.

Negative aspects? You need to be careful to spend your time in the real world. Walking down the streets, sitting in a coffee shop and meeting real people. Not just writing or talking via the different platforms or social media.

There are so many good ways to let robots into our daily life.

What do you think about robots, AI, and VR?

Robots and AI, as well as VR, could help us to make some parts of our lives easier. I love the idea of PARO, a therapeutic robot baby harp seal. There are so many good ways to let robots into our daily life. But I also think that there is a need of control in that field of research, like an ethics council, to limit the danger of misuse.

Delete or keep embarrassing posts (e.g. on social media)?

In my opinion it’s important to keep posts on social media. It’s like a photo album. So why delete them? It would feel like deleting a part of your life. Not every part of a lifetime is glorious. And if you don’t want people to see it, then get in private mode.

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