I Love Media*

Every time I wake up, the first thing that comes to mind is grabbing my phone to check my socials. When there’s not much to see i just turn to YouTube, Netflix, or any other video streaming app for a few minutes before getting out of bed. That is how much I love media: it is how I start my day off. My media adventure doesn’t stop there though. Throughout the day i constantly check my Instagram and Whatsapp, and I really mean that. On an average, I pick up my phone around sixteen times an hour. Is that really because I love media though?

A little while ago my phone stopped working. It was stuck in a boot-loop (constantly trying to turn itself on and failing), so I could not use it until i had it fixed, which was only one day since it was so easy to fix that i could just do it myself. However, on that day, I still picked up my phone every other minute, only to realise that it was indeed still broken. I kept forgetting that i could not use it. Not only that, but I had never been as bored as I was on that day. Is that love or just addiction? My roommates said that it is indeed addiction and I should try to fight it. However, there is only one problem with that: I do not want to fight it. Media surrounds us whether we want it or not and I love it. It is even the reason why I chose to study Media and Information. Maybe I do rely on it too much and maybe the amount of time I spend consuming media is problematic, but I like it, and I recommend everyone to do the same. But who cares? This is just an addict speaking.

-Dries

Published by deuzemedialife

Mediastudies, University of Amsterdam

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