On Wednesday, February 13th, I had to go twenty-four hours with out using, seeing, or hearing any form of mass communication. Doesn’t sound too difficult, right? At first, I thought all I would have to do was avoid websites like Facebook and Google, not listen to my ipod, and not watch television. I assumed that if I stayed in my dorm most of the day, that I wouldn’t run into many forms of unwanted mass communication. And I believed that I would get a lot of homework done, because I would not be distracted by the social media websites, music and television. Wow, I was so wrong!
To kick of my twenty-four hours of no media, I turned off the television at exactly 12:00am, and went to sleep. Wednesday morning started like most days do. Wake up at 7:20am, putting on some comfy clothes, and throwing on some makeup. I was just about to check my Iphone for mail update and twitter notifications, when I remember that today was a special day. Today was a day to think about media, instead of being involving in it. I begrudgingly put the Iphone back in my purse. I usually checked my email about five times a day, so it was difficult to not see if I got any messages. I left my dorm and walked to the elevator. As soon as I stepped into the elevator, I heard it. A familiar song was blasting out of some one else’s headphones. I had only been awake for twenty minutes, and I had already been faced with mass media.
Throughout the rest of my morning, I desperately wanted my ipod to distract me from the freezing temperature and chilling wind. Theres nothing like listen to music to get your mind off the fifteen mile per hour winds hitting you in the face. After all my classes, I walked to my school’s union to grab a quick lunch. I was envious of every student I passed wearing head phones. While getting lunch I realized that there were several newspaper stands around me. I rushed out of the union to avoid seeing any bit of news.
I went back to my dorm room to eat my lunch. I put my sandwich on my desk and reached for the power button on the television. It was such an instinct for me to turn on the television that I didn’t even realize that I was doing something wrong. I left it on for a full five minutes before remembering that television counted as mass media. I turned the television off. I was so frustrated that I couldn’t watch television that I scarfed down my lunch and took a nap.
I woke up about three hours later. I My roommate had put on the television, I asked her if there was any way that we could turn it off. She looked at me as if I had grown a second head. She then said, “Steph you love tv.” I explained the assignment to her, but I felt bad that she couldn’t watch television. So I went to do my homework in the quiet room. Unfortunately, I couldn’t focus while I was there. I was so used to having background noise when I did my homework. Not have television or music in the background really threw me off. I couldn’t get any of my work done in the entire two hours I spent in the quiet room. I was so annoyed with the day that I just decided to go to bed early.
My day without mass media was very difficult. Mass media helps me relax. Because I couldn’t relax, I spent the whole day feeling angry and anxious. It also didn’t help that I saw so many people enjoying their media. It made me a little jealous of them. I thought that I would be okay without mass media, but I was wrong. The two things I missed the most were checking my email and watching television. My email helps me feel very connected to the outside world. It helps me organize all of my school work and extracurricular activities. Without my email, I felt very lost and scattered. Television is very important to me. I don’t think I have gone a day without television since I was six years old. Television is the one thing that can always make me laugh. So a day without television is a pretty bitter day. But I think that some good did come out of this day. I learned to appreciate my mass media.