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This assignment made me wonder why I love the media so much and why I am so dependent on it. 

I admit I am addicted to my phone and all the social media I have downloaded on it but I have never asked myself why. I’ve never met people through social media alone, I hardly ever post anything, and using it doesn’t earn me anything; yet at the end of the week, I always find myself with an average phone usage of at least 10 hours while living my life normally between school and friends.

I think the real reason is that whatever I do with the media (in my case more specifically with my phone) takes me out of my reality and into a ‘world’ where I don’t have the problems that plague me every day. 

Through the media, I can stay informed about my favorite celebrities at all times, which would be much more difficult without it. 

Also through the media, I can feel part of a group of people who have the same interests as me as I don’t know anyone offline. 

Through the media, I was able to improve myself physically and mentally for all the motivational videos.

Of course, one should never forget that with all the positive things the media brings, there are many (if not more) negative things; for example, It is also because of the media and social networks that suicide and eating disorders among teenagers have increased.

Now more than ever I understand the importance of media given the distance of my closest friends and family; but with apps like “Whatsapp”, “Instagram” or “BeReal” I can always be in contact with them and it is almost as if we are not separated.

In conclusion, I would like to say that I believe that the media is a good thing and for example I couldn’t live without it, but at the same time, it’s important to take them seriously and not underestimate the impact they can have on people’s lives. As we have studied, media are not perfect and they make us become “zombies”, so we cannot rely solely on them but use them as a help and a pastime.


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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