Tracking my media use…

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As many of you who follow my blog know, I have been taking university courses for the last two years.

My current course load has me taking an introduction to prose course and an introduction to mass media course, simultaneously, while working as well.

As part of the first assignment in the introduction to mass media course, we are working on a media tracking exercise as well as a reflective blog post on the tracking. The goal is to track all media use over the next seven days, as well as write five blog posts discussing and reflecting on the tracking exercise.

Today is the first day I am starting the tracking, and I have already had an eye-opening experience. The first thing I noticed through this tracking exercise is my social media use. It is just way too easy to use, and despite only tracking periods of use for 15 minutes or longer, I’m already at an hour for Facebook. A couple minutes here and there really adds up in a hurry.

The second thing I noticed is that I spend a lot of time listening to music while I work and I study. Again, only tracking increments longer than 15 minutes at a time, I am already over five hours for the day. Some of it was listening to our local radio station while I was covering the store for an hour and a half, and the rest of it was music I have downloaded to my computer.

The third thing I have noticed so far is that I partake in a lot of other media throughout the day, only for a few minutes at a time, but it doesn’t matter whether it’s looking something up on Google, checking news links on Facebook, or going directly to media related sites, I spend a lot of time with diverted attention. The criteria to log the media use is for any use over 15 minutes at a time. I find a lot of the media I consume in this category is under 15 minutes, but happening frequently throughout the day.

The first and third things are definitely things I need to work on to help me become more productive. I’m looking forward to see how the rest of the week with the tracking exercise goes.


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