May 24, 2014
Innovation at its Finest
Living in a society which depends mostly upon technology for news, entertainment and education, the mass media is one of the greatest influential factors. Media includes newspapers, magazines, books, radios, televisions, and other means of communication that reach large audiences between the sender and receiver. All of these sources help shape the beliefs of what social life, culture, religion, or politics should be in the minds of people, sometimes at unrealistic standards. Statistically, everyone is exposed to some sort of media at a very young age; whether it is engaging in social media and advertisement for politicians, or basically entertainment.
In modern America, everything has changed due to technology! According to several studies done in the U.S. by Brian Stelter, from New York Magazine, ownership of technology utilities has been on the rise. In today's population, 98.9% of all Americans have at least one television set in their home.
Families with children from the ages of 2-16 have the following devices in their own rooms: 57% television set, 48% video games, 32% cable, and 91% have a cell phone. In regard to the census statistics, computer and internet use at the household level has changed significantly in recent years. In 2011, 75.6% percent of households reported having a computer, compared with only 8.2 % in 1984. Similar shifts occurred for household Internet use; as 71.7 percent of households reported accessing the Internet in 2011, up from 18.0 % in 1997 (the first year the Census Bureau asked about Internet use).
Now with so many devices, they have consumed our everyday life, basically becoming a part of our routine! Adolescents, aged 9-14 spend over 20 % of waking hours watching television, compared to 4% on homework. Teens use their cellphones...