Everyone has something unique to show throughout their daily routines. Whether it’s a certain app, or game or time they’re awake! Throughout their day, they tell their own story using technology to shape and show the space technology has made in their daily routines to exist.
Through the creation of technology, we are able to speak to people across town – even though we are unable to be there in person. Through our own media practices, we are able to establish our own audience experiences. Apps like YouTube mean that no longer is media defined to a singular physical place, but instead technology and the evolution of the internet has enabled us to evolve into existing in a metaphysical audience space.
I’ve asked 5 friends the following question:
Using only technology describe your daily routine in dot points with rough times.
Since they are friends, the question is colloquial, and the responses were aimed to be informal. I then utilised their answers to form narrative responses (or in Jake’s case, I typed as he spoke) and used this to tell a story about how their media practices exceed their spatial limitations and enable them to seek and become global audience members.
The relaxed way in which I asked the question means that they were able to tell me their schedule for the day without fear of judgement. All participants have consented to being used in this assignment, and blog post. Through this I was able to track their metaphysical audience space and how each individuals’ media practices differed.
However, throughout all answers, I realised that technology has indeed, enabled our generation to overcome the physical spatial limitations of the past and evolve into a metaphysical media space!
Jake, 19, UOW Student
At 12pm, I wake up and turn on my iPad. I scroll through my Facebook feed to see what’s going on in the world before getting up and moving towards my computer. Once my PC has turned on, I sign into Discord (an app for gamers to communicate via voice and chat). Depending on who’s online, I’ll either join the chat and talk, or just watch YouTube videos instead.
Today I joined the chat and just waited for someone else to join while I watched my YouTube videos- I didn’t have anything else to do today. It’s currently 10pm, Jessie just signed in and after she’s finished her assignment, we’ll be ready to play Overwatch until around 3-4am! I only ever really use phone when leaving the house, I use my iPad mostly as my second monitor and have no real need to be on Facebook for long since most of my friends are online gamers as well. The only time I ever leave my computer during the day is to eat and poop.
Kira, 20, UOW Student
I usually wake up at around 9am. I pull my phone from underneath my pillow and check Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Once all the notifications are cleared, and I’ve replied to the messages that have accumulated overnight, I switch over to YouTube! This is usually at around 10am, I watch mostly K-pop and Vine compilations. At around 12pm, I turn on and play my Nintendo Switch. I recently purchase Mario Odyssey and have been obsessed with trying to finish the game.
At 3pm it’s time to start getting ready for work. I turn on Spotify, get dressed and then keep the playlist going as I walk to work.
It’s 11pm and work was exhausting. I wash up, and climb back into bed before checking all my social medias accounts again after work, and following it up with YouTube around an hour later.
It’s 2pm and it’s time to sleep with Spotify playing softly in the background. I use my phone 24/7 and staying in touch with friends and news via Facebook is very important to me. I live far away from most of my friends so social media is one of the few consistent platforms of communication I have with them. I rely on Facebook for making plans, and updating my friends throughout the day!
Amy, 18, UOW Student
My alarm causes me to groan before I roll over to turn it off. I make sure to turn my phone on, and scroll through YouTube and Facebook to stay awake. It’s 7am and I move onto Snapchat– sending a photo of my half open eyes glaring at the light to the people I have Streaks with. 200 days with my boyfriend and counting <3. My entire day is spent utilizing the UOW Moodle site for homework and checking Facebook every 5 minutes to check my Newsfeed and messages! I enjoy keeping in contact with my friends at all times, and organising a meet up for the weekend. I finish studying at around 9pm and then climb into bed, finishing off my snapstreaks and watching YouTube videos so I can finally fall asleep ahaha.
My parents are really strict, so they have a set time they want me to be awake and asleep by. It’s hard to organise meeting up with friends when my parents monitor everything I do. I use my study time to keep up my social life and balance.
Tayla, 20, UOW Student
On an average day, I’ll wake up at around 9-10am and check for messages from boyfriend and reply if any are there. I’ll then go back to sleep until around 11am where I’ll scroll through Facebook on my phone until I wake up a bit more. After I’m awake, I’ll check for updates on any of the YouTube series I follow and watch them.
Between 12-2/3pm is when I’m out running errands, so I’m limited on my technology usage except for checking the time, changing the song, and replying to my boyfriend. I’ll also be sending snapchats throughout the day to make sure none of my streaks end. Once it hits around 3-5pm I begin checking Facebook more regularly, and I usually only check Instagram once every few days, but if I do check Instagram it’s around this time.
6pm is time to take a break and have something to eat! I’m in bed by 7pm. I use this time to inbox my friends, text Aidan, scroll through Facebook and check my emails. I also do my online shopping during this time! I’ll usually be watching a movie or something during this time also. I think it’s important to maintain contact with those who matter the most to you. Replying to people who message me is very important, and not replying is quite rude.
I’ll usually continue the above until it’s time to sleep!
Helen, 20, UOW Student
It’s 6am, so my alarm is going off! I use my phone to check Twitter, Instagram and Facebook until 6:30am when I have to get up and start getting ready for university. At 7am I read or write some of my novel while on the bus to class. I arrive at around 8:30 and make my way to class! Between 9am-2pm I’m using my laptop. I mostly try to stay on task and use Moodle, OneNote and Google Docs to finish homework and assignments but if I get distracted, you’ll find me on Tumblr or Facebook. I’m also always checking Facebook Messenger to chat and see what my friends are up to.
At 3pm it’s time to head home! I use Facebook Messenger and Twitter to chat and check my feeds while on the bus home. Once home I do some housework for my parents, finish off some work and do some drawing on my tablet if I have time.
At 8pm I’m usually on YouTube and Tumblr, the prelude before climbing into bed at 10pm and reading on my phone, doing one last social media check before heading to sleep. For me, social media is about interacting with both the local and international community- it’s about talking to the people I only know online, not just those who are close to me.
Something all five people had in common, was the fact that they used the media to communicate with others outside of their physical space. Helen in particular, communicates with a very global audience. All of the answers focused on the fact that through apps and social media they were able to watch videos and movies without being in a single place. While many spent the majority of their time in their bed- they weren’t using a TV or stationary object in their room- they used portable devices.
I believe that the media practices above demonstrate a very open, and metaphysical space for interacting and consuming media.