24-Hour Media Diet

Here is an overview of my recent media habits for 24-hours.

cell phone screen with six different social media apps

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

7:00 p.m.: I updated the copy on my WordPress blog and made sure none of the links were broken. I did some basic site maintenance that included deleting and updating plugins.

My husband started watching a show on Netflix. He chose a show that he knew that I wasn’t interested in so that I wouldn’t be distracted.

8:00 p.m.: Checked Twitter. Catching up on what ASU Cronkite School and News Co/Lab have been sharing. I was excited to read about the free education opportunity that Co/Lab is offering about media literacy and the new Cronkite Strategic Communications Assistant Professor. I started following additional people on Twitter that were recommended, thanks to algorithms, who are connected to ASU.

9:00 p.m.: Started going through personal email and updated my RSVP for an evite invitation. I receive a lot of ads that I automatically delete. I am forced to check my spam folder because my Slack notifications are sent to this folder even though I pick the “this is not spam” option.

9:30 p.m.: Browsed Instagram. I dived into Bisa Butler’s account since I had previously written a paper mentioning her and had not looked at her content in a while. I definitely did a bunch of scrolling. During my scrolling I saw the typical memes that make me laugh “don’t let your boyfriend interfere with you finding your future husband”, p.s. I didn’t. I read the headlines of several news posts. One was from BBC News “Father in Canada who hasn’t been vaccinate against COVID loses right to see his child”. I decided to click on the post and read the caption that gave more information that the post headline. This is where I learned that the father was wanting to “extend his visitation”. This got me to click on the link in BBC’s bio so that I could read the full story.

Friday, January 14, 2022

6:30 a.m.: Scroll through my phone notifications which include several Wall Street Journal alerts on my notification screen. The article that is most interesting to me about the dirtiest oil patch in the world, I already read from my laptop the day before. I noticed the headline about tennis player Novak Djokovic. I decided I didn’t want to read it right then.

7:00 a.m.: I am logged on for work and clearing out my work email. I receive updates from the New York Times which I scan and delete. I do the same with Becker’s Hospital Review. I usually read the Advisory Board Daily Briefings. One email that I get at work which is not work related that I always read is from Creative Mornings.  

We turn on CBS morning. I half paying attention since I am focused on work. My ears perk up when they start discussing Novak Djokovic. The news team discussed if they thought the judge would allow him to play in the Australian Open or not, and the adverse impact letting him play would have. They felt it would undermine the importance of the COVID vaccine.

Next I hear them discussing online gambling and that it changes how people interact with sports.

7:30 a.m.: Scrolled through Twitter which led me down a rabbit hole to read a Huffington Post article about Kevin McCarthy’s comments regarding the insurrection on January 6, 2021. I did a Google search about COVID home test reimbursements and read an article by KPBS that shared how much insurance companies will cover but it did not talk about reimbursing for tests previously purchased. A CBS8 article shared that insurance companies may or may not reimburse for tests purchased prior to January 15 but the article encouraged people to submit their receipts to their insurance companies any ways.

9:00 a.m.: I start my podcast about Elizabeth Holmes called The Drop Out, Elizabeth Holmes on Trial.

11:00 a.m.:  I receive a headline that I don’t have time to read that COVID tests will be free. This is interesting to me since I just paid $40.00 to Amazon for two home test kits.

6:00 p.m.: I catch part of the local news that says that if anyone ordered a COVID home test before January 15, something about submit the receipts to your insurance. I didn’t catch if the said this will be reimbursed or if it is up to the insurance company.

I click on Pinterest and review what came up on the first page. I only interacted with a post that was about hair.

9:00 p.m.: My husband and I start watching something on Netflix

Reflection:

I saw a lot of content specifically about the Omicron variant. There were quite a few memes making jokes about people who have made it to 2022 and not had COVID. I have made a conscious effort over the last two years to set up my social media so that I only see certain types of information. I want to be informed about what is going on in the world which is why I subscribe to news updates from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. I want my social media feed to be more about things that are good for my mental and physical well being. I saw someone promote a nutritional supplement called Athletic Greens. I reached out to the person asking their thoughts about it. I trust their initial input due to the fact that they are a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I need to do more research myself.

During this 24-hour period, my personal pattern with social media was to scroll and mostly engage in content that felt good or that was educational from an account like National Geographic. The content that does not feel good, the news, current events, I only engaged in from trusted sources. I would be interested in doing this exercise again. I think that this past week my time was devoted to other activities that were going on in my life. That is not an excuse to not be informed but that might contribute to my lack of current interaction with social media and traditional media.

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