8 AM: Texts → Email → Instagram → Twitter → TikTok
The first thing I did when I woke up is to check my phone notifications. I first checked my email and then browsed Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok as I got up, used the restroom, and brushed my teeth.
8:15 AM: Canvas
I sat at my desk and logged into Canvas to check on my assignments for the week. I used this time to update my planner with assignments or To Dos for the week.
8:55 AM - 9:25 AM: YouTube
While walking on the treadmill, I played a video to help the time go by faster.
9:30 AM - 10 AM: YouTube
While eating my breakfast, I continued watching videos on YouTube.
10:30 AM: YouTube
I had some downtime before therapy, so I finished watching a YouTube video I started during breakfast.
11 AM: Video Call
I met with my therapist virtually. I logged into the video call via Cerebral.
12:30 - 2:30 PM: Canvas
I began working on school work. One of the biggest tasks for the day was finding a photobook for one of my assignments. I browsed Amazon, Dashwood Books, Photoeye, and Books&Books to see what option I had.
2 PM - 3 PM: YouTube
During lunch, I continued watching YouTube videos. I have been obsessively binging interior design videos by Alexandra Gater.
3 PM - 5 PM: Canvas
I continued schoolwork. In a continued effort to look for a photobook, I emailed my professor to inquire if the Fred Herzog: Modern Color book I own met the requirement for the assignment. I then completed my first test for my Digital Media Literacy course. For this test, I used the NAMLE Core Principles and Key Questions.
5PM: YouTube with Instagram → Twitter → TikTok
During my downtime, I browsed social media while having a YouTube video playing in the background. This showed me how dependent on constant entertainment I am.
6 PM - 7 PM: Work → Slack → Email
I signed up for an extra shift at work, so I clocked into my work computer. During this hour, I checked my work email and use Slack to communicate with my team.
7PM: YouTube with Instagram → Twitter → TikTok
Dinner consisted of continuing to watch YouTube videos obsessively. I also browsed Instagram and posted a photo to my Instagram stories.
7:50 PM - 11 PM: Work → Slack → Email
I clocked into work again, read through Slack for any important information and checked my email. During work, I occasionally browsed social media.
11:15 PM -12:30 AM: Book Lovers
Before bed I spent some time reading to help unwind.
Although I already knew how much media I use, thank you, weekly Screen Time notifications. This assignment helped me recognize a pattern in the media I consume. I mainly consume what I would consider light media. This is most likely because certain media can induce anxiety in me. I also consume specific media obsessively. I know that if there were a television show or book, all the time I spent watching YouTube videos would have been replaced with these other forms of media.
Keeping track of my media usage for the day helped me to take a step back and realize that although not all forms of media are harmful, I could benefit from controlling how much time I spend on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.