How numbers have caught my attention recently

Just very recently, while doing our quantitative research together with my group, I realized one thing: I loved numbers. Encoding our bulk of data was rigorous and time-consuming, but when I saw them arranged neatly on an Excel sheet, I beamed at the rows upon rows of numbers occupying my screen. Next, we needed to sort these numbers in such a way that when we would start our statistical analysis of this data, we would need to copy a few things here and there, and finally, with just a few clicks away, the IBM SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) Statistics program would load our results in the blink of an eye.

Truly, I absolutely loved looking up online what these numbers meant, as well as the consultations we had with a teacher whom we referred to for the statistical treatment of our data.

Beyond my realization of my love for numbers sat a series of thoughts fortifying my love for numbers - I owe this all to technology.

After all, how would we defend our topic if not for Google search engines, the infinite sea of information that there is waiting for us to press the enter button, and then for Google to take you on a cruise of over 152,000,000 results and links in just 0.52 seconds? How would we ever cite the studies we read and used for our rationale, our review of related literature, and analysis if not for the many published papers out there that were uploaded and made accessible for the convenience of the field of research?

How would I ever re-apply formulas in Microsoft Excel 30 times faster if it weren't for the geniuses and scientists behind the copy-paste feature? How would I change my font, font size, font color, and fill colors if not for the many people who contributed to the creation of these features?

Lastly, how would I know where to find IBM SPSS Statistics for free to be able to use it to analyze our data and yield the most accurate results, free of error, because it is a computer that thinks faster than the human brain when it comes to numbers?

Because of technology, I loved the numbers. I realized that if this is how easily I could use these numbers and yield valuable information from them, why shouldn't I consider using technology and numbers over and over, like a marriage made in heaven, to contribute to the field of research in the future as my career?

All things considered, technology has made it easier on my brain, and lifted a heavy weight off my shoulders, when it comes to numbers. It didn't just relieve, me - it made me love the one thing I used to hate the most. Numbers. Technology has made it possible for me to love numbers, and now, I go on wanting to live off numbers.

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