The Test

Day two of my media fast I completely forgot about the fast, and automatic logged onto facebook as soon as I opened my laptop, it was almost like an unconscious routine of my day.

Without the access of facebook I felt like I had no idea what was going on in my sorority. I relied on friends telling me what was going on. I missed signing up for particular fraternity event, and I was unaware of a location change of an event so I showed up at the wrong place for the event!

During times of transportation I was surprised to see how unaffected I was to not using social media as a time waster. Instead I resorted to listening and exploring different music on Spotify. As well I felt I became more in tune of what was going on around me, (literally, meaning I was people watching on the bus and CTA etc.) I began going on CNN, Style.com (It is Paris Fashion Week and without the use of Pintrest and instagram I missed out on the street style and runway looks), blogs, and Refinary29 on my commute. Basically I found other ways to entertain myself. I even started playing candy crush, which I never play. I’m not sure if any of these are actually more beneficial than what I was doing before. Although In conversations I felt much more present because the person I was talking to was my only focus.

After turning on my read receipts, I was much more aware of my response times. As well I would get annoyed when people didn’t respond to my messages quickly. As far as trying to call five people a week….. I called three, which isn’t too shabby considering this week I have been swamped. I called my mom (who I actually don’t talk to on the phone very often) cleared up some things that could have been misconstrued through texting. I called a good friend from home, it was nice to hear to her voice and tone in the way she spoke to me, however, I felt like our conversation was a bit rushed since she was with a group of her friend (I wonder if we would have been able to talk more, or feel more connected through texting each other). Lastly I spoke to a sorority sister who I actually see on a regular basis, but had some time to kill and felt like aimless conversation.

The one social media app I miss the most…… SnapChat!! I felt very unconnected to people I normal snap chat on a regular basis aka people I don’t see everyday.

Testing is still going strong!




These past couple weeks of analyzing my media use, something that happens so frequently and without much thought, was quite eye opening. I never really thought of myself as a person that was very dependant on my iphone or the internet. When I studied in Rome for 4 months I only used my phone for taking pictures and it was actually freeing, I wasn’t constantly looking at my phone, checking social media, texting, and it then forced me to really explore, and learn how to use a real map! This assignment really made me miss that freeing feeling, and made be evaluate what is important to me.

Through this assignment I found out, to my surprise, that I am actually in fact dependent on media. My biggest problem I realized is I need to be engaged with something at all times. I need to be constantly “doing,” I really don’t know how to “just be.” Students are incredibly busy with class, work, studying, extracurriculars, daily chores, and trying to have a social life. It is really important to take time to oneself to just relax and detox. This is one of the important lessons I have already taken from this assignment. I found that I use media most during my boredom, transportation, and in the evening right before going to bed.

My analysis helped me discover that it is really important to me that my friendships and relationships are maintained. I use twitter, instagram, or snapchat to feel up to date with what is happening in my friends and families lives. I have friends from all over and it really hard for us to keep up to date sometimes. I can just log onto one of their social medias and figure out what they have been up to. For example my best friend is studying abroad in France and through her instagram I can see what country she is visiting. And lets be honest sending a quick snap chat of yourself at a Cubs game to a friend from home is much easier than sending a text. Same goes with other social networking, liking someone’s status update about their new job creates acknowledgement for you both, and creates a feeling that you are aware and care about what’s going on in each other lives. Although social networking is a great tool for keeping in contact, this assignment made me want to pick up the phone instead of just a “Liking.”

I use media to pursue my interests in fashion, film, travel, and food. I follow editors, designers, bloggers, models, and photographers on social media, which gives me interesting content I am highly interested in. As I realized during my field notes that I’m kind of a social media snob…. I only really like or favorite posts that I thought were interesting, even my family and best friends. I see instagram as area of artistic expression. We are not all photographers but I appreciate some artistic and unique accents. If it’s boring or doesn’t catch my eye I’m not going to like it. The idea of likes still confuse me, user will use likes to evaluate their popularity. Why does it matter is someone didn’t like your picture our not?

An aspect of media that truly frustrates me is when users over share. When users tweet, facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tweet, Yik Yak, etc. about every little thing they are doing in their lives, it’s too much. The media world does not need to know what you ate for brunch every single weekend. I think our society needs to put down the instagram; stop worry about likes and actually enjoy life. If you’re worried about your instagram likes you are clearly not enjoying yourself. I think the key to this problem and to this assignment is everything in moderation. Media cannot and should not control our lives.

Field Notes

Field Notes

The idea of taking field notes seems quite anthological for a technological based assignment. Also the idea of taking field notes on myself is also quite strange, I found myself on the internet or on my phone forgetting to analyze myself. I that I check my phone WAY more often, from my notes I discovered that I checked my phone 30 times in one day! I had no idea I was addicted. The reason for this I believe is my “mindless” scrolling. I did this constantly during class, in the elevator, walking, riding the shuttle or L, at the library, and even when I was out with friends. Why do I feel the need to check social media when all my friends are right in front of me? This mindless scrolling was through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, email, and Spotify. All excellent time wasters. Out of all of them I used Snapchat, Twitter, Spotify, and Instagram the most, but I realized I wasn’t doing very much tweeting or posting just viewing other peoples. Snapchat I used the most because it is a quick and easy way to feel connected to friends from all over without much effort. I also listen to music constantly when I’m walking, taking transportation, or working out so my phone it literally always attached to me which could account for the constant checking.

When it came to my computer I was actually surprised with the amount of social networking I didn’t do (because I was doing it on my phone). I actually did a lot of work! Which is reassuring. I used RescueTime to give me an idea of how productive I was actually being. In one week I only had 15% of social media! In the past couple weeks I have been searching for a job so I was spending a good deal of time on Linkedin applying to jobs, networking, and updating my resume. As well as searching, researching, and emailing for jobs online through freefashioninternships.com, careersushi.com, and ramblerlink. My one downfall I have to say is Pinterest. I used it as a time waster, and I really do get inspired by some of the content on there. I was pinning fashion looks, editorials, and places I want to travel. One day I spent a straight hour on Pinterest without even realizing, time seemed to speed by. I am very visual, so the idea of less-reading more picture is very attractive. Another large tim waster from my notes was spending 2 hours on Vogue.com watching their Videos such as funny shorts that included celebrities and other high profile people, cooking tutorials , music videos, interviews with designers, models, etc., and fashion shows. After watching one video I just kept going. It was addicting. Of course a this post wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Netflix, which I was surprised how much I didn’t use. In the course of a week I spent total of 8 hours on, but I was always doing other things like searching the web, homework, or reading while watching. I was watching House or documentaries which I have recently been really interested in. The last documentary I watched was called Undefeated, which is an amazing film on a intercity football team. It is one my favorites, I’ve watched it several times.  After analyzing I realized that on my computer I am much more productive and when I am wasting time I am going on sites that truly interest me and that influence my passions (fashion, food, travel). IMG_5967 IMG_5968 IMG_5970


SnapChat Walkthrough

For my walkthrough I decided to show my very non tech savy friend Katie the beauty of Snapchat. The reason I enjoy snapchat is because it is a quick and easy way to stay connected with friends and see what people are up to without much effort. So I explained the basics. Snapchat is a photo/video messaging application to use on your phone. I explained that you make a user name, add any contact or friend through your phone contacts or entering their user name. You can then take a snap of anything you wish, add a caption, filter, or time and then decide how many seconds your want it to be open for the person your sending it too. Next decide who you want to send it to. Snapchat lists your “best friends” (the people that snapchat or receive the most) and press send! Most recently snap stories have become a new  fad, where instead of picking people to view your snap, you can post it to your story and have all the your snapchat contacts be able to view it. I helped Katie make a account, add contacts (mostly our sorority sisters) and send her first snap. I realized my own snapchat best friends were friends from home, and my cousins, people I don’t see on a day to day basis.