Where would I be without media? Have you ever asked yourself this? What a different world it would be. Where would you get your information from? How would you communicate with one another? What would you spend your time doing? My emigrant media class arises all these questions in me as we as we awaken the truth on just how much this generation uses media every day.
- In a recent class exercise, everyone recorded their media use for a 24hr time period. Interested to see my results?
|watching TV or streaming TV||__0___ minutes|
|listening to music||__960___ minutes|
|reading newspapers||___0__ minutes|
|reading books||__180___ minutes|
|reading magazines||___0__ minutes|
|surfing the internet||__630___ minutes|
|watching movies online (i.e.Netflix)||__25___ minutes|
|playing video games||___0__ minutes|
|playing games on cell phone||__0___ minutes|
|checking social media updates||__0___ minutes|
|taking pictures (i.e. Instagram)||__0___ minutes|
|talking on the phone||__30___ minutes|
In a 24hr period, I had consumed over 30hrs of media. Wow.
After taking a look further into my results I noticed that most of my use in media was consumed while multi-tasking. That explains why I have more hours of media use than hours provided in a day.
I recalled that throughout my day, I had music playing throughout the house while I completed daily chores such as cleaning, cooking, getting ready for the day and doing laundry.
When you multi-task, your media consumption can be somewhat automatic. Therefore, you are filtering through information you see all the time without hardly noticing because so you can perform them at low attention. These things that become automatic to you, you will realize are your routine. So for instance, I can multi-task two things at once such as listening to music while doing laundry. Because I am multi-tasking, I am not fully concentration on any one of these two things intently. Therefore I do them with low attention BUT I can still do laundry and listen to music at the same time because it has become routine, I do it automatically. I hardly notice I am using media and doing chores all at once.