When I sat down on my laptop to begin this assignment I was a little disappointed. By keeping track of all the media I am exposed to lately I have actually become quite the observer. Within five minutes of being on the computer I have already updated my Face book status, read Perez Hilton’s latest blog about Lady Gaga and answered six text messages. That’s right SIX! Not to mention I turned on MTV the minute I walked in the door. I’m supposed to be doing homework aren’t I? The media is consuming my life!
Over these past few days I have realized how dependant I am on Media.I wake up and the first thing I grab is my cell phone. I don’t have to go very far to reach it because I usually sleep with it under my pillow. That’s normal, right?Face book is next on my daily routine. You would think I would at least brush my teeth first! As I aimlessly spend half my day on face book I exposed to so many more types of media. My room is never quiet. I always have iTunes blasting and if I’m not playing music, my TVs definitely on.
I also noticed my addiction to celebrity media. I watch E news every night and bought two magazines in the same day! When I lay in bed at night I never realized how much media I consume. I am constantly multi-tasking; with my phone to my left and Face book logged in, I read magazines during commercials of my favorite TV shows. There isn’t a day I go without all these types of media. No wonder why it takes me so long to dose off, I have so much running through my mind!
So how much media do I actually consume? I found this article in New
York Times titled “How Much Time Do You Spend Consuming Media
Everyday” extremely interesting. In the article Katherine Schulten
stated that those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours
a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours
five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not
count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour
they talk on their cell phones.
After reading this article, I was shocked. Society is becoming more
and more dependent on media every single day. As I drive down 695, I
am overwhelmed with the huge billboards that catch my eye. As I walk
to class, I sing along to the music from my iPod. While I’m learning
about income statements in accounting, I’m texting my boyfriend!
Media consumes my life and to be quite honest, I’m addicted.