These are a list of all the online media platforms I have engaged in within the last 24 hours:
- Other Instagram account
- Apple music
- Online banking
- Flixreel (only way to see that new real housewives episode!)
- Facebook messenger
- Facebook live
- Instagram live
And these were only the things I could think of off the top of my head, I’m sure there are plenty more that I interact with and don’t even realise.
20 platforms in 24 hours. Thats normal right?
Its kind of scary when we get asked to think about our online media use. I have just grown to think its just part of my everyday routine. My alarm goes off in the morning followed by a solid 20-30 minutes of scrolling through my socials. Instagram is usually first. 2 new followers. Sure i’ll give them a follow back. High school friend posted a picture of their boyfriend, other person I know through a friend posted some artsy film shot. Give them both a like, keep scrolling. Scroll some more. Have a browse of the new followers profiles. Give them a like on their most recent post. Scroll through my profile and wonder if I should have posted that most recent photo. Only 50 likes, not as many as my last one. Maybe I should have edited it in a different filter? Ponder whether or not to delete it. Decide to keep it as it was only posted 13 hours ago. Exit Instagram.
I go through a similar process with my other socials, spending more or less on one or another depending on the notifications I have woken up too. When that 30 minutes is up I separate myself from my phone for long enough just to shower, have a coffee and brush my teeth. I can’t even say though I went through all of those activities without checking my phone and my socials again (wow I’m starting to realise I’m REALLY addicted to social media).
I took a few steps out of the house this morning and floating in the distance was 5 hot air balloons. Immediately in my head I thought “hey what a great instagram post that would make!” I took out my iPhone and took a few happy snaps and then of course posted a picture on my snapchat story so everyone could see how early I was up. Once on the tram I spent the next few minutes editing my photo before checking in to my location then posting it.
This is a photo from my instagram feed.
The rest of my day is spent constantly checking who liked my photo (why do I care about this stuff so much?!?). People at school actually commented on how nice of a photo it was so for me my social media use was kind of justified. After a long day of further scrolling through Facebook and Instagram activities I ended up back in bed finishing the day as I started browsing through my phone on my socials before falling asleep. If documenting my online media use teaches me anything its that I think Im going to have to go on a social media cleanse real soon!