Sorry, your media consumption has exceeded your daily limit.

One would look at this and think this is more than enough technology for one person at any given time. In fact it is and I am a bit embarrassed in a sense that this is my life on any given workday.

The reality is, we live in a world of instant media, far beyond the place we were when twenty-four hour news stations were born. Social media has definitely changed the way the look at media, discuss media and rely on media for the most part.

A Pew Internet Report found that online and digital news consumption, meanwhile, continues to increase, with many more people now getting news on cell phones, tablets or other mobile platforms. We are more involved and engaged and I would argue most news stories are driven by public opinion.

The fact is, there is more, so we consume more. Social media has established a platform that has engaged the audience by encouraging comments, discussion and content sharing.

Back in the day, I remember adults sitting down daily to read the newspaper, particularly on Sunday, and my mother watching the news every single day at 6pm. This of course when cable television was a luxury and network television was the primary source in most homes. Gone are the days.

Not only do we consume a lot of news media, we also play a very important role in driving media content as well as producing and sharing content. According to a Pew Internet research article (How social media is reshaping news), after Facebook, YouTube is the next biggest social news pathway — about half of Americans use the site, and a fifth of them get news there, which translates to 10% of the adult population and puts the site on par with Twitter. This is a good thing.

In the end, I admit that I sometimes need to be reminded that, limiting daily consumption is a good thing. Our minds are clouded by way to much unnecessary information on a daily basis. The only solution is to disconnect.


In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable. (2012, September 27). Retrieved April 24, 2015, from

Rubin, A. M. (2009) Uses-and-gratifications perspective on media effects. In Media Effects, 3rd edition. 165–184. Eds. Bryant, J. & Oliver, M. New York: Routledge.

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