Mass Media- Can’t live with it..Can’t live without it!

Impossible.  I know that word should not be in my vocabulary.  But going without any mass media for two days is the hardest thing I have ever done, some would say Impossible.  I have never noticed how much I use mass media everyday until I had to stop, cold turkey for two days.  Wake up.  Media is there.  Walk to class.  It is there.  Studying for an exam.  Oh hey it’s there too.  From commercials to billboards or a text that you have to reply to, it is like a gnat at a picnic, always there and will never you alone.  However avoiding the voluntary exposures to media, I learned alot about our society’s media habits.  

How I Felt LIke for TWO DAYS!

I learned the difference between voluntary and involuntary exposure to media.  Those commercials, billboards and emergency texts are involuntary, they just happen.  There is no way to escape those types of mass media. Unless you live as a Amish, you can’t get away from mass media. However, the voluntary ones like going on Facebook or watching an all day marthon of your favorite television show.  Those are the ones that you can control. The first thing I do when I walk into my room is turn on the television and get on the computer. Pretty sad huh?  Well be proud, I went without voluntary media for two days…and I almost died!  

All I kept thinking about during those two days were my poor parents.  This was their lives all growing up.  They didn’t have Facebook or 100 channels to distract them from doing work.  I am guessing that is how they got so much work done.  Cause let me tell you, me without mass media = all my homework done, studied for my next exam, got a good work out in, and cleaned my whole dorm room.  Did you get tired just reading that list?  Cause it was exhausting!  I never knew how much I could accomplish without the distractions of mass media.   

My Life= Mass Media

What are the necessities of life? You have three seconds to answer….Time is up! The answer would be Water, Food, Oxygen and for me and most other teenagers would say Mass Media.  We need it to survive.  I know that seems alittle ridiculous to some people but it is the honest truth.  The use of Mass Media is a legit addiction, it is like you need it, and without it you get anxious and nervous.  We all have the same addiction but maybe to different products, either it be to the television, internet, cell phone, or an ipod.  If you look down from this screen right now, how many  electronics do you have at arm’s length?  Don’t lie…I know there are electronics around you.  So I am leaving you now so I can get back to my television show and Facebook, and I know you will be doing the exact same thing after reading this. It is just natural!

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