Social Media Today

Media influences consumer culture by having so many things to watch or be a part of that are so alike and so similar that one show or movie or social media site can lead to another then another then another and the consumer will be stuck in the cycle until someone or something pulls them out.

For me, it’s the social media sites, especially tumblr.  I will somehow always find myself back on tumblr.  Every time I open my computer, even to do homework I continually go “Oh, I’m on tumblr.”  It has just become a part of my everyday routine.   It is not so bad when I just go to tumblr for a quick second and see if I have new notifications or followers or messages but when I actually get into tumblr and scroll through my dashboard.

Social media gets you, or at least me, because there will be a post on one site that leads to another and then you’re stuck in that site until you see a link to another.  Facebook does this a lot because there is a link to just about every other social media site on Facebook.  You could be scrolling through and see a cool BuzzFeed food video and be like “wow that looks yummy” and click on the link and all of a sudden be on Youtube looking at food videos for the next hour.

Even though endlessly scrolling through social media can waste a lot of time, if you only use it when you do not have important things to get done, it makes chilling out a lot easier and you get to learn of new things.

like this awesome breakfast recipe I got off BuzzFeed food
like this awesome breakfast recipe I got off BuzzFeed food

You can learn new recipes for food (one of my favorites) or another big thing I do is discover new bands while on Youtube.  In the adds for music videos lots of times will be the video for a new band with the same record label.  This draws me in for so long because then I’ll just want to know everything about the band and watch all their videos.  And ultimately end up back at the page for the band I originally went on too watch.

Many people have been saying how the media is bad, but to help sell a product or get the word out about something it is very useful.  Yes, if someone is using social media every second of every day then that is bad.  But now even social media can cover the news.  If you want to see the news but are too intimidated by big sites or don’t know what site to use you can always just sign up for the BuzzFeed news newsletter.

Social media can also help connect people to their family.  It is good for the consumer and for a company marketing because they can play with someone’s feelings and promote something they would like at the time.  FaceBook is a big one that will put up ads that relate to what you have been recently searching.  So right now that is look helping out Jimmy Johns because all I do is look up food and a Jimmy Johns ad keeps popping up and that sounds good right about now.

Social media is connected to everything now and it isn’t just something those teens do anymore, it is becoming a big part of everyone’s lifestyle.

My Life Without Social Media

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For the past few years my phone has been everything to me. Ever since that fateful day in tenth grade when I finally got a smart phone, the IPhone 4S. From the second I got it, it never left my side. I brought it to class, to practice, to sporting events, to movies, on dates, everywhere!

My phone was my right hand man. I could do anything I want with it. I could listen to music (as I always do), I could go on social media, I could take pictures with my friends in the library garden and instantly post them to Facebook.

This all changed a little over a week ago. My phone stopped working and won’t turn on. Well really it started to crumble last year when I got angry and threw my brand new IPhone 5S and it shattered. Less than a month old and there in the middle of a random Florida road was my broken phone. My brother gave me his old IPhone 4 from three years earlier. That lasted a year but it was so old it that by this year it could not get new apps or updates and worked slowly. Most things on it couldn’t work anymore. So my brother got the IPhone 6 and gave me his IPhone 5. But all he really did was hand over all his problems to me. Now that IPhone 5 won’t turn on and my parents refuse to buy me a new phone until my contract is up to teach me a lesson to take care of my things. So for the past week I have been as unreachable as possible for a college student in 2015.

In the past week I have not been able to make phone calls or text people other than iMessage. I do still have my MacBook and my IPad to communicate. Unfortunately my mother does not have an IPhone to be able to text me though. My way of communicating with her now is FacetTiming because she does have a MacBook and uses my dads account for it. The problem is both of us need to have our computers open at the same time and the same account is hooked up to my dads phone so if I try to FaceTime I never know if it’ll be my mother at home or my father at work. Whoever answers first gets to be the one to talk to their darling daughter.

My only way to communicate with family
My only way to communicate with family

I also don’t have the world at my fingertips wherever I go. Yes I cans still snapchat and go on social media and listen to music but not while I’m at the soccer game or just anywhere like I used to. Now I need to find a wifi connection but I don’t really feel like whipping out my IPad at the gym to listen to music, that would look a little funny. Listening to music was my thing, my whole team knows me for always having my headphones in and my coach always has to take them out when I’m around recruits.

I never considered myself to be someone addicted to technology. I don’t absolutely need it as some other people my age need it. I’m doing fine without it. It’s been a week and I’m still alive. But I have learned that a phone is a great barrier to the world around us. It was intended to keep us more connected no matter how far we are but at the same time it can keep your personal world away. Try sitting in the cafeteria by yourself waiting for the rest of your team eating, all the tables around you in conversation and you there by yourself no one to talk to and nothing to look at. Straight up, it’s awkward. There’s nothing wrong with eating by yourself but it does look and feel a lot less awkward with a phone there to at least make it seem you’re social in some way.

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My favorite station on Pandora. Used to always walk around with it playing or listen to it at the gym.

Another student without social media!!!

Spend way too much time on BuzzFeed

Looking at food is almost as good as eating it

Social Media life

Life is better with social media

Life of a Phone