Controlling Personal Media Consumption

Musing

“Ultimately, I want to be in control of how I use Social Media and I don’t want Social Media to control me.”

Christina Farr, CNBC Technology Reporter

I watched this on 23rd June 2020, Tuesday, at the comfort of my home, as I enjoy a period of lull time from a day of errands. My iPhone 6S just died on my yesterday, and the battery simply would not charge up, let alone to start up, even with the power plugged in. Having no phone basically halted my mindless scrolling of Instagram feeds (or whatever feed in whatever social media platform I am in).

As I travelled via public transport, I found myself looking at the sceneries and reading a book on my Kindle. My eyes were not “glued” to the screen of my phone. Refreshing.

This idea of “consuming too much media” behaviour is not new. Watching this video has been a good reminder to me. Tools and technology are meant to support and assist our lifestyle.

Truth is, we need information, but we don’t need information all the time. If you may practise to source for relevant information from the right source at the right time, it is good enough. Habit.

Here is another video for your consideration.


References

CNBC. (December 11, 2018). Why Quitting Facebook And Instagram Made Me Happier. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/69Il1AHsT-c

John Delony. (Apr 24, 2020). How Much Media Consumption Is Too Much? (And Who Can You Trust?). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5o_HtFbXU4

Frnka-Davis, L. (2020, April 02). Too much media can take a toll on mental and physical health. Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://www.utphysicians.com/consuming-too-much-news-can-take-a-toll-on-mental-and-physical-health/

McNaughton-Cassill, M. E. (2017, February 23). We’re consuming too much media. It’s time to detox our brains. Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://www.vox.com/2017/2/23/14669710/reprogram-brain-media-overload-political-fake-news

Savage, M. (2020, May 06). Coronavirus: How much news is too much? Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200505-coronavirus-how-much-news-is-too-much

Westcott,, K., Loucks, J., Srivastava, S., & Ciampa, D. (2018, October 05). Digital media segments: Looking beyond generations. Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/telecommunications/media-consumption-behavior-across-generations.html

Palm, M., & Pilkington{, M. (2016). Perennial Millennials: A viral phenomenon [PDF]. London: Executive Insights. Media & Entertainment Analysis. Retrieved from https://www.lek.com/sites/default/files/insights/pdf-attachments/Perennial_Millennials_Viral_Phenomenon__Life_Stage_Analysis_Of_Millennials_Media_Consumption_Habits_Executive_Inisghts_Analysis.pdf


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