Consumed by Media

This week in Intro to Digital Communication, we talked about our digital media consumption.

There were some similarities that everyone had. Most people spend most of their time on their phones. That seemed logical, considering that we can only have our phones with us…except on days like today when I left my phone at home when I went to work.

Surprisingly, I was there for more than an hour before I realized I didn’t have it. Then, I was sick to my stomach, until my husband called to tell me it was at the house. I was relieved because at least I knew where it was. However, not having it with me gave me the nervous twitch shaky leg for the rest of my time at work.

I wonder how many others are so addicted that they get tremors when their phones are not within reach.

One of the biggest differences I saw between me and many of my classmates was the fact that I don’t stream music very often. I don’t even know how to use Spotify. I only have an account because they provide Hulu for free with their account, which is only $5.99 per month with the student discount, so I save about $3 a month there.

Another thing I’m curious about is how many people downplayed certain aspects of their digital media consumption that they didn’t want to make public, perhaps by intentionally significantly decreasing the amount of time they spend playing games like “Candy Crush” or “Angry Birds” on the day they tracked their usage.

All I know for sure about digital media usage is that the addiction is real.

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