I enjoy being able to do mostly anything anywhere at any time with my media devices. Watch a movie on the toilet, listen to music while walking through the park, looking up a quick recipe on my way back home, checking the news and wikipedia. The freedom I feel from being able to access so much information with such little effort is great.

I do however think this does have a dark side. People tend to only look down at their devices, be it a laptop or a smartphone, most of the day. Something else I’ve noticed the last couple of years, is the fact that some of my friends suffer from ‘self induced attention deficit disorder’. They can’t keep their attention on one thing for longer than a few minutes at a time, when watching a movie they will whip out their phones every now and then. When having a conversation in real life, it’s considered normal behaviour to check your phone whilst someone else is talking to you.

This is a very interesting phenomenon, and I wonder how this will develop over time. I for one, can’t wait until I won’t even have to whip out my phone in order to google what came first, the iPhone or the iPad.

Daniel Driessen


Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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