I heart my media because it helps me to keep in touch with my cousins who live in New York and Vienna. Because it makes life so much easier when you can send people messages online or call them instead of having to go all the way up to their houses. Because it makes feel like I’m still home with my parents when my mom keeps sending me funny pictures of my dad. Because Instagram made me realise that I’m not the only gay person on earth and that it’s ok. Becacuse memes on 9GAG have taught me a lot about humour. Because it helps me to learn more about the world and everybody on it. And last but not least, because it makes me appreciate the game-, movie- or partynights with my friends more, where we don’t need our phones except for ordering pizza.

Esther van der Wel

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Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam

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