The average person supposedly sleeps six to eight hours a night. I for one do not sleep as much as I should. I simply have trouble sleeping at any normal time and find myself getting a few hours each night. However, the question often crosses my mind; what am I doing? With all of those long nights and spare time; what am I possibly doing? Through analyzing my every move, it is evident that I go to sleep with media and wake up to it. It is a cycle that you go through and experience everyday that is on repeat.

Waking up to the alarm on my phone, the first thing that I do is head towards my laptop. I open it up and check my Facebook and email, which has certainly become the same thing. I turn on my music to get ready for the day that is ahead of me. Everyone knows there is not a good day without some good music. The walk to class today, yesterday, or the day before only differentiate in terms of what song I am listening to and what is on my twitter timeline (my morning newspaper). With my iPod and phone, my walk to class is so relaxing that it is over before I know it. After my classes, the rest of my day consists of whatever I want it to. I grab some food and watch a missed episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Hulu. That obviously will not go without the advertisements every five minutes and the usual pop up saying “Would you be interested in blah, blah, blah?”

After my down time I usually convince myself to go to the library. I am motivated and ready to work….for about fifteen minutes. I will usually tell myself I deserve a small break and find myself checking my Facebook. It seems that small break turns into a good thirty minutes. I get back to my homework, but just like any other day it is a habit to check and answer texts before making any commitment. Although, when it comes to my phone there is no such thing as a “quick check”. It is more like constant glancing whenever I think I hear it vibrating. A post, tweet, or text easily grabs my attention, especially when the task at hand is burying my head in some textbook. When it gets really bad I usually have to put it away, but then again that does not often last long.

The rest of my day consists of small errands and responsibilities. All of which including intervals in between consisting of texting, social networking, and online entertainment. No matter the day or schedule, it seems there is always time made for media, media that has undoubtedly become a necessity. I am aware this cycle of nonstop media should not be a priority, but it continues without me even noticing. It is a huge part of my day-to-day life that is possibly overlapping the more important aspects of life at times. Being oblivious to everything going on around me is posing a negative impact and may be taking the reality out of what is in front of me. I have realized being in “my own world’, consumed with media, may in fact just be me being too concerned with everyone else’s world.

So just think, there are twenty-four hours in a day, 365 days in a year, and the unfortunate fact that time is sometimes not used wisely. It seems the most common question these days is, “What are you doing?” Whether is from Facebook, Twitter, or from the various text messages received per day; everyone wants to know. The world has changed to the point where friends, family, and strangers are all connected, but sometimes you also need to ask yourself; what am I doing?