I heart my media because it gives me the possibility to connect with people 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 from all over the world 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.

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. The fact that being away 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; there are so many ways to connect with each other, sharing happy but also sad moments. When my friend and I were staying in hostels with really bad internet connection I really started to become aware of how social media can actually influence people. I constantly caught myself checking for a possible internet connection and instantly feeling bad when I realized that there was none. This might be the negative side of this “addiction“, as some people might want to call it.

All in all, media is a real life-savor 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 miles to see them.

-Jil Meyers

Published by deuzemedialife

Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam

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