After analysing my online media use over a week, It has made me feel like my life is honestly quite boring and repetitive. Constantly in contact with the same apps, doing the same consumer actions day in, day out, multiple times a day. But it seems so natural to need these sort of apps in our lives. We use imessage and messenger to communicate with our family and friends, we use facebook to entertain ourselves and build our relationships with people we’re maybe not that close to. We see something interesting in the street, or we like the look of our food.. And we take a photo of it, posting to apps like snapchat or instagram. We don’t get looked at funny, people don’t laugh. I bet if I went out for lunch today and started taking photos of my meal, nobody would even turn there head. It might not be a good thing, but everyone is slowly being sucked it to the online world being, just the norm.
Then there’s all the other forms that aren’t social media. The weather app, maps. The ones we really need to get through our lives. It seems so natural to pull out your phone when you don’t know where to go, or you don’t know what you want to wear for the day. Just like our social media apps, these practical ones don’t seem out of the ordinary to pull up when we need or want to.
Then there’s the online media we use for educational purposes. How would we know when that assignment was due, or what reading to read before the next tutorial. We never think, what if we didn’t have these, we just open our laptops, type in what we want, and its there. Thinking about an alternative option isn’t part of the process, we just do what we know and what we need to do to get through our university lives.