48 hour blackout

[Keep paragraphs short.] In today’s day in age just about everything we do is somehow linked to social media, telephones, television or a media source of some kind. We have developed such a desperate need to constantly be holding on to our phones or listening to the radio or watching the television that we would not know how not to be bored or lonely without those components in our lives. These technologies and news sources have not always been at our fingertips and is a relatively new thing. [Organize your writing: new idea, new paragraph] Like the article mentions, just a few years ago we were discovering email and sending them from bulky desktop computers through dial-up internet where as today we can tap our wrist on an apple watch or send an email from a cell phone in seconds. It is rare that two people sit and have a meaningful conversation and discuss live without pulling out one of their phones and without noticing ending up on Snapchat or texting another friend which ties back to how attached we have become with the idea of constantly being preoccupied through technology. This type of scenario connects to how people have an issue with accepting solitude.
I can see how people today have manifest

into mini celebrities [hyphenate] in a sense. I could possibly land in this category because I do like to have many likes on my pictures and posts. I also have many people from middle school and high school in which I haven’t spoken or kept in contact with that I still see on social media. I have certain friends that document every single thing they do, from the meals they eat, to the places they go, to the things they do. These friends do this for their “followers”. I know some people who have thousands of followers on Instagram and different social media platforms but I do not have that many.
In the blackout experiment we did out of class we disconnected from all types of news for 48 hours. In doing this I was amazed how much news is actually a huge part of the world and everything we do. Just by getting on Facebook there are endless amounts of news that gets distributed on news feeds. Facebook is considered to be a social media outlet but is now a platform for news as well and there is no way of escaping seeing news when on Facebook. [How do these insights relate to the points that Deresiewicz raises in his essay?]

Whether friends are posting about what is going on or whether it is Facebook telling you on the top right hand corner section called “trending,” I was sure to see something news related. When it came to disconnecting from broadcast news it was not hard for me considering my main news source is online sources. I barely watch news on TV unless I happen to be watching TV and the local news comes on, and even then I usually change the channel unless it is a topic that really grabs my attention. [How do these experiences relate to the points that Deresiewicz raises in his essay?] 
You can only do so much to try to truly disconnect from news but in all actuality news is everywhere. News is a huge part of our everyday lives whether we acknowledge it or not. [How do these insights relate to the points that Deresiewicz raises in his essay?] 


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