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I planned to do my Media Blackout
on Saturday, January 20. I woke up at 10 am and I saw my phone on my nightstand,
unconsciously I picked it up and started to check my massages. However,
instantly I realized it was my Media Blackout day! So I turned my phone off. I
was planning to start my Media Blackout day by cleaning my kitchen first, but I
was so hungry so I went to Giant Eagle to buy some eggs and milk. When I got
home, I cooked my breakfast and cleaned the kitchen. At 2 pm, I had plans with
two of my friends to play Indoor soccer at the Gym. I finished probably at 4
pm. After I went back home, I saw my roommate in the living room watching TV,
so I went straight to my room and locked the door. Then he came knocking my
door telling me why my phone is off! I totally forgot to tell him about my
Media Blackout day. I opened the door and explained to him my assignment. I was
surprised when he told me that he will help me and turn off the TV. We sat in
the living room and had an extensive discussion about varieties of subjects. We
talked about God, religions, philosophy and the meaning of life. It was long
yet very interesting chat. After we had finished, I decided to cook dinner as a
first time try. But it went terribly bad! So we just went out to eat at
Chick-fil-A. When we got back I went to clean my room and did my laundry.

Finally, my roommate and I played Chess for almost two hours before I went to

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I think my experience had both
positive and negative aspects. Let me start with the positives. For a start,
more free time. I felt like I had more free time in my day. I could cook,
clean, and do laundry in the same day, and that something I would never have
done if I am using media during my day. Second, long discussion in a real life.  I really enjoyed talking with my roommate
about our different ideas and perspectives in life; it has been a while since I
had a two-hours discussion with a person in reality. I normally discuss such
topics in the internet, with totally random people, so it was a great change.

However, I cannot deny the Media
Blackout day had a negative aspect as well. First, feeling lost. When I went to
play Indoor soccer at the gym, my friends and I were all in the changing room
when they started talking about a soccer news from Twitter. I had no idea what
they were talking about, I felt like I was disconnected and lost from the real
world and living inside my own bubble. It was really a strange situation for
me, I did not like it, and I felt like I am being cut off from information. I
was so uncomfortable. The second negative thing is going without music. I realized
I was so addicted to music, and I cannot function well in my day without
fulfilling this need. It was so stressful when I drove my car without listening
to any music. Actually I guess that was the hardest thing I have done on my
Media Blackout day.

I think the most media technology I
missed were Twitter and Spotify. Twitter is the app where I can know what is
happening in the world, especially in my country Saudi Arabia. Since my
government is controlling a bunch of social media in the country such as TV and
newspapers, people tend to use different sources to get the “correct” news.

Twitter is the most popular app in Saudi Arabia, people trust it more than they
trust national channels, so I got used to check Twitter every day. In fact, I
probably use Twitter more than 4 hours per day, so it was so annoying and
stressful not using it on Saturday. I felt like my only source to know what is
happening in my country is gone. In addition to Twitter, I missed listening to
music (Spotify) so bad. I usually sleep while I am listening to Metallica, Pink
Floyd and led zeppelin. As I mentioned before, I have an addiction to music; I
work out, study, drive, cook and sleep while using Spotify. On my Media
Blackout day, I felt empty! It sounds like there is something missing from my
day, and nothing could fill that void. Not a conversation with my roommate nor
making food. Thus, I realized how music was a huge part of my life and how it
can affect my daily mood.

I have not produce any media during
my Media Blackout day. Actually I tried to go back and write in my journal like
I used to do three years ago, yet I did not write anything significant.  

Finally, I would describe my
relationship to modern media after this experience as “strongly addicted” to
media. I feel like modern media has made my life so much easier and
comfortable. Thus, I am not ashamed to describe myself as a person who has an
addiction to media. I do not think I can handle another 24 hours without
technology. In my opinion, consuming more media in daily basis has changed my
life significantly. It helped me to develop my English language really fast
since I watch lots of movies and listen continuously to music. This experience
made me appreciate media more than I did before, and now I am certain that
modern media is not only a teaching tool for me, but it also can fill a huge
void inside me.