My Media Free Experiment Ran From Saturday 11 / 5 Essay

1098 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
My media-free experiment ran from Saturday 11/5 through Tuesday 11/8. My typical day is not as social media oriented as many other people, so I thought this exercise might be a bit easier for me than the typical student. I don’t have Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or any of the other various social media accounts. I do text quite a bit to keep in touch with my wife, kids, and friends since I am on a rotating night schedule now, which severely limits the amount of quality, face-to-face time I have with them. I am working when they are home or asleep, and they are working or at school when I am asleep or at home.
During my typical work day, I wake up around 10:00 AM, and I turn on the TV as I eat breakfast and get ready for the day. Afterward, unless I have something pressing to do in the three or four hours of “free time” available, I park myself on the couch in the family room with my laptop, and slog through whatever school work I have for the day. I take frequent internet breaks to randomly entertain myself or look up some useless factoid; anything to distract from the work I really should be doing. I pick my son up from school at 2:30 PM, briefly help him with homework, and then head out the door to work. My drive to work is about 25 minutes. Anywhere I drive, the radio is on, or I’m streaming music from my phone. I work from 4:30 PM to 3:00 AM, and when I have downtime I converse with my co-workers, or more frequently, check the news or various automotive blogs and forums…

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