1.Which one form of media did you use the most? How much time did you use it?
The form of media that I used the most was definitely on my iPhone. I have my cell phone connected to me at the hip, just like most college students. In fact, most of the time I am on my phone, there is no talking involved. I constantly check my email, send text messages to my friends and family, and play the occasional game. While I use my phone as a media source for mostly everything, I would have to say that I go on the internet primarily. In a two day period, I would have to say that I was on the internet for at least twenty hours. As previously stated, I am constantly on my iPhone, thus it is hard to approximate exactly how many hours I spent on the internet.
2.Which one form of media did you use the least (but still use)? How much time did you use it?
Over a forty-eight hour period, I did not watch television nearly as much as I expected. Every night, however, I do set time aside to watch Jeopardy. In two days, I had only watched one hour of television, two episodes of Jeopardy.
3.How much time was spent communicating with another person over media (phone, e-mail, etc.)?
As I previously admitted, I spend a great deal of time on my cell phone. What I have recorded as communication over the phone is probably not even a good estimate of how much I actually use it. According to my log, I spent about six hours in two days, texting, emailing, and talking on the phone. (Yes, I still do like talking on the phone. My dad called me a few times to tell me about my little brother’s audition for a Robert Downey Jr. movie. This information is better sent by voice rather than through text message.) Whether in work, on my phone or on my computer, I consistently check my email and receive much of my information through email. Six hours is definitely an underestimate of how much time I spend emailing, texting and talking on my phone. It has become so second nature to just pick up my cell phone that it is completely slips through the cracks. I do not even realize I am on my phone sometimes.
4.How much time was spent using media that was monologic (one-sided, such as TV or radio)?
As I previously remarked, during this time period at least, I had not watched that much television aside from Jeopardy. I did, however, listen to a great deal of music, whether on my iPhone or on the computer. Every morning I put my headphones on as I walk to class or work; I am actually listening to music as we speak. If PowerPoint counts as a form of media, I had also listened to various presentations throughout these two days. Although we could ask questions at the end of each presentation, I feel that PowerPoint presentations are primarily monologic; without the presenter, it can serve somewhat like a television program.
5.What surprised you about the amount of time you spent engaged in the use of media? Why?
I actually was not very surprised at the amount of time spent engaging in the use of media. I know that I have my cell phone basically attached at the hip. I guess I was a little surprised that I did not watch as much television as I had expected. As I previously noted as well, I was also a bit surprised that I had only used communication media for about six hours in two days. I feel that through involuntary use of my phone I had not recorded all the uses of my cell phone.
6.Based on this exercise, will you do anything differently (increase or decrease) in using media? Why?
Based on this exercise, I feel that I would want to change my media consumption but that I would not actually change my habits. I have gotten myself into this routine of using my phone as an alarm, waking up with its music, and walking to work with my headphones, listening to music and checking text messages along the way. I feel that this routine has fixed me into this daily pattern that will be hard to adjust.
7.If the answer to question 6 was no, why will you maintain the current amount of time you spend using media?
I want to start to lose my somewhat dependency on my cell phone, but as previously stated, habits are hard to quit. For instance, while there are so many clocks around the campus (especially the large one at the library) to inform me of the time, I still constantly check the time on my iPhone. It is not that I want to stop using my phone altogether; I just need to get some willpower to put the phone down sometimes.