Well, summerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finally here. You know what that means: beautiful sunny days; crippling allergies, and decreased media usage. Throughout the school year (or at least for this most recent semester), I was probably on my computer for 10 hours out of the day (keep in mind that I was doing a research immersion last semester, so it was more like an office environment than a class environment). But now that summerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s here, I can give the laptop and my inboxes a rest, and go enjoy the outside world.
Bicycling, walks, mowing the lawnÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait. And since I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a portable media player, these will be largely media free activities (which is good, because whenever I think about being constantly engaged with media, I think of Chuck PalahniukÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“LullabyÃ¢â‚¬Â).
This year, my summer job will allow me to largely preserve my media habits. Until I found a 40 hr/wk job, I was thinking that I might have to cancel my cable subscription (the Internet would not be going anywhere). Now that I have a decent job, no need. However, the job I have will keep me outside and away from my computer and other media, so the time I spend on my media habits will greatly decrease.
Finally, as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve mentioned in other posts, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to the Netherlands in July. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very excited to see how the Internet is perceived there since the Netherlands is one of the most connected countries in the world. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interesting that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be charged $1.29/min to use my cell phone, but if I can find free Wi-Fi (which IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too difficult), IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be able to talk to my girlfriend via Skype for absolutely nothing.
Oh, how I love the communication options given to us by technology.