My 24-Hour Media Diary (01/29)

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: I woke up and checked my phone for any missed messages as well as my email. I posted a few pictures on my Instagram. I do have a public account on Instagram, but I have always been cautious about what I post and when. I know to always post appropriate things because I realize the internet is forever, and I know to never post in the same location that the pictures were taken for safety.

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Since it was a Sunday I spent a long time scrolling on Tik Tok. I personally use Tik Tok as my main source of entertainment, being aware of the algorithm I try to steer clear of anything and everything political, and keep it to funny videos, baking videos, etc. When I first got the app I decided to not pick any interests because I wanted to just start completely fresh and random, but I have definitely noticed that the videos are now catered to my liking. This is something I did with all of my social media accounts.

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: I spent this time responding to emails as well as checking Facebook and the app Band. I work at a dress store and my boss communicates through and has the work schedule in a Facebook group. I am otherwise very inactive on my Facebook account, but the times that I do go on it I have found it interesting, and a bit concerning how it can sometimes recognize my face in pictures. I feel the same about the post suggestions that are on my timeline, especially because I am rarely on the app. As for the Band app, I use it for a pageant that I will be competing in, it allows me to communicate with my directors, keep track of events, and know when paperwork is due. Other than the logistical side of things, I don’t really use Facebook or Band for anything else.

For the rest of the day I spent it unplugged hanging out with my roommates, cooking, and watching New Girl on Netflix. I think overall, I try to be as safe as possible online. Of course I have had to put my email, age, and birthday when creating an account, but other than that I don’t put in anything else out there. I also use different passwords for all of my accounts. I always ask the apps to not track my usage across other platforms. There are definitely things that I don’t entirely know about where my information is going, but I do feel better knowing I haven’t put out more than I intend, and I am grateful to know that I need to be cautious about these things.






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