I heart my media because…

… it gives me the possibility to connect with people from all over the world, anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

I have gone through several situations in my life where I was genuinely thankful for the existence of phones, laptops or any device enabling people to connect with each other. A personal, striking example, for instance, was when I was traveling the world with a friend of mine for five months, being almost 20.000 kilometers away from my family and friends. This was when I really started to embrace technology and the many advantages that come with it.

However, when we were staying in hostels with a really bad internet connection (which happened pretty often), I really started to become aware of how media can actually influence people. I constantly caught myself checking my phone for a possible internet connection and instantly felt bad when I realized that there was none. This might also be one of the negative sides of this “addiction”, as some people might want to call it.

I still find it fascinating how social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Skype for example, facilitate the contact between people who are worlds apart. Being physically separated from somebody you love does not necessarily mean that you cannot spend time with them, no matter how far apart you actually are. It might not be the same as genuinely being in the same room and having physical contact for instance but it in my opinion, it comes pretty close to that. Sending a snap, sharing a picture on Instagram, talking on Skype or Facetime with your loved ones; there are so many ways to connect, sharing happy as well as sad moments.

All in all, media is a real life-saver in my opinion, especially for students or anyone who is away from home but likes to catch up with family and friends from time to time without having to travel ages to see them.

-Jil Meyers

Published by deuzemedialife

Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam

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