Is Media More Addicting Than a Drug?

These past two days must have been the most miserable days of my life.  Until you are actually forced to live without media you never really realize how much media is out there.  Media includes music, billboards, posters, television, cell phones, and many more things that I had never imagined. Television was an any easy thing to avoid, as I don’t watch tv at school as it is, school.  I noticed that I am not one of those people who are addicted to a stupid reality television show.  I have my own interesting life and don’t to watch someone else’s in order to make myself feel better.

The hardest part about this experiment was not being able to use my phone.  Every minute or so I would reach into my pocket thinking that my phone was vibrating or maybe I was receiving another text message.  My phone is my life and I love knowing that I am connected with my friends and can find out what they are doing at any time of day with just a call away.  Without a phone I feel lost and lonely.  This does seem like a problem to me, but it’s something that I simply cannot live without.

On a side note I was searching around on Youtube and I thought this video was intesting….

When the two days of no media were over I had several missed voicemails from my parents asking me “where?” I was and “why?!” I wasn’t answering their precious phone calls.  They threatened to cancel my account and sounded very upset.  This is leads to another thing to think about with media.  Years ago when there were not phones, how did people communicate?  Parents in our society today have become more attached to their children and can always be connected. Some provide their children with cell phones, but there are numerous other ways to communicate such as email, facebook, and web cams. I really connected with the man from the video clip that we watched in class- I just wanted to break down and give up.  Media plays a large role in my life and I never want to experience a life without it.

http://ericksonbarnett.com/blog/detail/the-10-warning-signs-of-social-media-addiction/

The Sweet Life with Media

When I was done with my two days of hell the first thing I did was check my phone.  I had over 20 missed calls and 13 text messages.  I responded to all the phone calls and text messages.  I soon was becoming relieved and felt back on track with my life.  Next I needed to check my facebook and see what everyone in the world was doing.  I forgot that my best friends’ birthday was yesterday because with facebook it gives you a reminder of everyone’s birthday and you can simply write on their wall.

Here are some interesting facts about Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

Luckily my experiment was over before I took a long car ride back home.  Listening to music in the car makes the ride go by fast and it’s more enjoyable.  I don’t like listening to the car engine next to me that sounds like a constipated old man or the loud noises from construction around campus.

Media makes work faster and it’s more efficient.  I can find out anything in the World in a matter of seconds.  The internet has sites that will answer any question for you and there will be numerous credible sources.  I feel like I do have a media addiction and I don’t feel like it’s such a bad thing to say.  If I didn’t have access to media as a college student in today’s society then I would behind everyone else.  They would have access to more things than I do and I’d most likely not succeed.

Cell phones are a necessity and will always be in today’s society.  When working in a business or raising a family.  Everyone needs to be connected and the easiest way to do that is from cell phones.  In a matter of seconds you can be talking to anyone in the world by one click of a button.  Seems insane, but technology is rapidly increasing and I am looking forward to what the future brings in media.

media history video response

In response to the media history video I felt that it was educating and gave me an idea on how media has changed over time.  It gave me insight to things I hadn’t realized or thought about before watching this video.  I never knew that the printing press was such a big deal when it was first created.  It gave opportunities for news and other important information to reach out to more people.  Before the printing press it was very time consuming and almost difficult to make duplicates.  I would never have thought that telegraphy was to improve public morality and education.  I figured it was simply created for long distance conversation, but nothing more.  I wouldn’t expect telegraphy to change newspapers, but instead of sending reporters all over they could find out information in distances through telegraphy.  I learned what narrowcasting was and how it appealed to as many people as possible such as MTV, ESPN, and CNN.  This reaches out to those who are specifically interested in music, sports, or the news.

Before the television was invented the radio was the biggest media communication to many people at one time.  I have never listened to the radio for information or news.  It is unreal to my generation that families huddled around the radio and would listen to shows or messages from the president.  I am always watching the television for news on the oldest stations; ABC, NBC, and CBS.  I could not imagine myself living without Facebook and my cell phone which makes me sound spoiled compared to how my parents grew up.  It is hard to believe that at one time there wasn’t such a thing of telephones and televisions.  After watching the history of media I am so grateful for what we have today and I’m looking forward to what the future will bring us in mass media.

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