After reflecting upon all my previous blog entries I’ve begun to realise all the different ways I really do use media when looking at them all as a whole. I’ve nailed my main uses to 3 separate topics, these are;
- accessing online media for social uses (I both want to do this and feel pressured to),
- accessing online media for professional uses (I have to do this in order to complete uni work, update work rosters, find my way home on public transport etc.) and
- using online media as a platform for pure consumption for entertainment purposes (Netflix, YouTube, Facebook etc. any site that I browse in my free time that isn’t necessary to me).
I realised throughout my blogging that everyday was so similar yet so different. I always used the same major platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Email, however it were the little things that interested me such as Uber, Tram Tracker, Google search, Google Maps, TimeTarget, and online banking. (all of these are applications on my mobile). I certainly found that I accessed much more different medias on my mobile than any other platform as it is always in hand and the quickest device on which i can access any information I desire or require.
I’ve discovered that I’m extremely reliant on media and I’ve been quite oblivious to this fact, and why wouldn’t I be, it’s been a long time since the internet hasn’t been available for me to access with the touch of a thumb. Not only am I reliant on it but I’m heavily encouraged to use it for professional reasons such as university, work and banking. In fact I’d be unable to do many things relating to these topics without access to online media. I don’t think I could have even applied to be a student at RMIT without it (research, discovery through advertising, application, payments, student portal, email).
After all these discoveries I’ve become intrigued at the comparison of my internet usage between the above three reasons of use. I want to explore why and how I use it in these different ways, and how it’s changed the way I live today.
Over the last 7 days I have been (attempting) to document all, or most, of my media use on that has been occurring daily, and then writing up a blog post about said use. This was the first task of our 1st assessment for Networked Media as it is a starting point to analysing our own contribution and interaction with online media.
The week was eye opening for me as I realized how much media I actually interacted with online. I mean I knew it was going to be a lot but I was still surprised at exactly how much ‘a lot’ was. I noticed that I was almost constantly consuming online media and rarely ever creating and sharing it myself. The first 3 days of documentation were easy, I focused each on a major media platform that I often use (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube). The 4 days following were more interesting. I found them more difficult to write because I started repeating things that I had already said. This was strange because I do not have a daily routine at all in life, yet I tended to have similarities in my daily interaction with social media’s and other online platforms.
I was pleasantly surprised that each day I had at least one little new thing I had done compared to the previous day, whether it be downloading a new application, booking an Uber, uploading a photo or applying for houses and browsing housing websites. At first thought I didn’t consider these things to be relevant as I didn’t use them as heavily as the main platforms, but I now think the opposite, little things do count and they will help me in the rest of this assessment as they prove the connections I have with the online atmosphere and how much I rely on media every single day.
I honestly thought that this task would be a total chore for me every night, but, even though I ay have been late with some entries, I found the results entertaining to overlook upon. It really illuminated that I would be up struggle street if I didn’t have the online access that I have today, and that I certainly take it for granted. It’s no wonder the older generations find it difficult to keep up. We are constantly online doing everything that they used to physically do through the web.