The average American adult spends 10 hours and 39 minutes per day consuming various media (Nielsen’s 2016 Total Audience Report). Most people are unaware of how much media they consume. As critical consumer of media it is important to have an awareness of the various types of media that are pervasive in our culture, the ways we use media, and how often we use those media. For the bonus assignment you will keep a detailed journal that records all your use of the following media over a 48-hour period:
Cell phone
Apps and social media
Streaming platforms and services
Computer/tablet–online
Computer/tablet—offline
Internet browser use
TV
Newspapers/Magazines
Radio/Stereo/CD
Books
Other
For each day, keep a detailed record (2 points) of how much time you spend using each medium and the purpose of the media use (e.g., talking to parents, playing music while studying, recreational TV, etc.). In addition to the detailed journal, you will write a 1 – 1.5 page reflective essay that comments on what you learned about your use of media by doing this assignment