Why I Heart My Media

There are many reasons for which media bring me joy in everyday life. I am surrounded by them and choose to use them for entertainment all the time. They help me with sadness, during my worse days and coping with the problems of adult life and I appreciate them for that, but lately, I understood I love them for one particular reason. The one thing I don’t think I could live without. That is my family and friends. I moved to Amsterdam about a month ago and the first week of being alone without anyone I knew, may as well be called the worst week of my life. The quietness of the room, no one to talk to after living with family for so long. Separation, feeling of being left alone in my new situation and there comes media, one in particular: skype. I could see and hear my sister again and for a moment it seemed like she was here with me, sitting right next to me and not thousands of kilometers away. For this time I felt at peace I felt the closeness of the people I loved even though they were not close. I owe it to media; skype, WhatsApp, and all those other ways I could communicate with people I left behind, showed me that I can perceive my dreams and reach for my goals, and still feel connected to the people most important to me. Although, I can’t go home and eat dinner with my family or go out with my friends from my home country. I can just take my phone into my hand and for a moment it will seem like we’re in the same room and nothing really changed. Even though it did. I love my media for keeping me in touch with the ones I care about and at the same time being able to be here in a new place so far away from them. I love them for taking the feeling of loneliness, even if it’s just for a moment.


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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