Mission Impossible

Two days without media was almost as bad as two days without food!
Okay I guess not AS bad, but it was still completely awful. Beginning this assignment I thought to myself, what am I going to do for two days? Media was how I stayed in touch with my friends, family, how I made plans, etc.  From the beginning, I already knew this assignment would be a challenge. But, I never imagined how terrible it would really be.

To start this assignment I decided to shut my cell phone off. I don’t
think my beautiful blackberry has been turned off in two years! I then
put away all my magazines, hid my remote, turned off my iPod and shut down my lap top. As an hour or so passed I noticed I was becoming somewhat delusional. I starred blankly around my room feeling lost, almost like I was nonexistent. I decided that I would clean out my closet to keep my mind off my media free and newly boring life. However when I finished this task I felt lost again. Did the world
come to an end? I can’t call or text my friends to hangout and I can’t
watch TV so what am I supposed to do? I felt alone and unimportant, I
was miserable.

As the assignment went on, I noticed that my friends were acting
strange when I saw them. Then it clicked, they probably were trying to
contact me and thought I was ignoring them. I hated the awkwardness
and not knowing what my friends were up to at all times. Avoiding my
cell phone and face book was a lot more difficult for me than avoiding
other forms of media, like my iPod or TV.
Although I am making it sound like it was the end of the world without
media, there were some advantages to this assignment.

I found myself listening to others more. I wasn’t distracted by my phone vibrating and had more engaging conversations with my friends and even my professors. Instead of updating my status on face book, I cleaned my room and went for a run! I felt free and more accomplished in a way. However as nighttime came I felt lost again. It’s like I was going through cell phone withdrawals! The morning of day two I woke up feeling empty. I couldn’t do it any longer, I cracked. I picked up my phone and it never felt so amazing in my hands before. I called my Mom and texted my friends back. Finally that empty, lost feeling was gone. I was alive again! I didn’t want to do it, but if I didn’t I felt as if I was going to die. Mass media in modern society is a new way of life. It does affect our way of learning and living, yet it is something we must all embrace. This assignment proved to me that it is nearly impossible to avoid mass media in today’s world!

 

True Life: I’m addicted to Media!

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.

How Much Time Do You Spend ‘Consuming Media’ Every Day? Click It !

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.

Hello world! !

Can’t wait to start blogging!