Intro to Mass Communication 215 Blog Post 1
Hi there! My name is Noelle, and I am currently a Sophomore here at Creighton University. I am majoring in Journalism (on the graphic design and public relations tracks), while also minoring in Business Administration. One of the reasons I am taking this course is because it is required for my current major (haha), but more importantly because Media and Communication is something that I find to be really interesting. I believe that learning how to portray a meaningful message– whether that be through the written word, online, or in person is vital in today’s society. It is often the “new normal” to rely on social media as our main form of communication with those around us. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Instagram post or Facebook friend request, but I believe that we should definitely have a balance when it comes to spending time on our phones.
When it comes down to it, we often use the media in order to connect with other people, or to stay updated in today’s fast-paced culture. For example, I often use social media in order to gain inspiration. I have included a screenshot below of some of my favorite apps on my phone, and because these are the ones that I tend to use most often.
As you can see, I have a pretty wide variety of ways in which I stay connected. Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are all used to stay in touch with friends and family. I use these apps almost constantly (it’s kind of a problem…). In addition to using apps for pleasure, I think that it is also important to find social media that can improve our lives, and serve a purpose. For this, I use TheSkimm— which is a daily newsletter that I read every morning before class, and summarizes the most prevalent news topics in under 15 minutes. I also use Nike Training Club, which is great for quick workout ideas and making sure I stay healthy on-the-go.
As you can tell, I’m pretty much always using Media in one way or another. I would say that I definitely prefer my phone over a computer when it comes to Social Media, since it is always with me and easily accessible. I like the convenience of always being just a text or phone call away from someone, but I also know that there are down sides to this constant connection as well. For one, it makes it really hard to stay present. Whenever I am out to eat with friends, we actually have to make it a priority to put our phones away and to stay in the moment. It sometimes feels like a second instinct to just grab your phone whenever there is a pause in the conversation, or when you are in an uncomfortable environment. I know that I am totally guilty of this. One of the main concerns that comes with a world so immersed in media is that we often use it as a security blanket, or to hide behind the “real world”. As a society, we need to remember that someone’s identity on social media is not always the whole picture, and that we should educate ourselves about the risks that come with being so connected.
I find the Media to be such a fascinating form of communication, so I am curious to see how it will continue to shape societies and cultures all across the globe. I can’t wait to read some more of your posts regarding this topic, and to connect with you all via (you guessed it)… social media!