Love or dependance

Why I heart media

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved certain aspects of media. I have always felt a special connection to cinema and movies and playing online games with my friends have brought me countless nights of joy. These forms of media have helped me to see new perspectives, become more creative, find out more about myself and what I want to become and they have utterly amused and fascinated me. For me it’s undeniable that I love media, but in some ways, I didn’t like the dependency media creates.
I remember that I lost my phone about a year ago. First it felt kind of liberating to not have the constant urge to check my phone or to waste time on endless scrolling. When it became weekend, I started to struggle. It was extremely difficult to make plans with friends and communicate with family, I realised how important my phone and social media were to my live. I started to feel kind of lost on how to socialize without my phone, I still had my laptop which gave me some options to communicate with the people I knew, but since I mostly use Whatsapp, Snapchat and Instagram to talk to friends online and these things didn’t work on my laptop without conformation from my phone, I started to feel really left out. When I finally got a new phone, I was very delighted and it turned out I hadn’t actually missed much over the weekend.
This made me feel like a fool, I felt so lost for a couple of days, just because I didn’t have a phone and I became aware how dependent I had become.  After thinking it through I realise it doesn’t really matter how incomplete I felt without my phone, I absolutely love media and it’s a big part of my life and everyones lives, so its only natural to feel somewhat lost after missing such an intimate and integral item of that part of my live.



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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