Comm Theory

Technology takes on a huge part of most people’s daily lives these days.  No matter where I look I can find usually at least a handful of people on their phones or computer.  In the class activity I wrote about my media usage throughout the day.  I would frequently use apps for Facebook, Wechat, and Instagram to try to connect with others or just because I am bored.  The person who reviewed my media usage said that I am trying to keep updated with any news and people through my phone.  I agree with this to an extent.  I do like to follow news through my phone as I do not usually watch television anymore with technology in our phones allowing us to do more and more each year.  I am meeting my need for knowledge with this behavior.  I also desire to keep up with my friends as I have quite a few and I cant always have the time to meet with them in person.  I am meeting my need for socialization with this interaction.  I am also sometimes bored between classes and will go through my phone and apps like I would twirl my thumbs.  I’m not doing it to actually look through my phone, I am doing it to meet the need of doing something rather than nothing.

Big Data

In today’s age its almost impossible to live a private life.  There is a record of some sort for everyone.  This is especially true for people who use the internet frequently.  No matter what I type, no matter what I search in google, I am being tracked and my information is sent to others, usually in an attempt to put a specific ad orientated towards my interest where I will see it.  When I tried searching myself up, I got a variety of different people with the same name as it seems to be common.  If I type in where I live though I get a more narrow search and I can see things like my Facebook and various other social media that I use.  This was expected and I am not shocked by this.  I understood when I signed up to these sights that people may find me.  I did notice on my Facebook though that some of the ads I am getting are related to travel which is great because I am interested in traveling and am always looking up other countries.  While I do find this a little invasive that I am being tracked for ads, I do appreciate the ads I am getting as they pertain to me.

I couldn’t find anything besides my own social media.  Even using my full name and where I live, I couldn’t find anything related to me in my google search so I was pleasantly surprised.  I expected to find a lot more than my simple social sites with this poplular search engine.  If I use a site like familytreenow.com however, I can find myself and some people related to me such as my parents.  This makes me upset because at this point it doesn’t just involve me but my parents as well.  I will take appropriate action and request that familytreenow takes down the information and I might start using privacy settings on my social media more often.

Communication Anxiety

Communication is about creating messages.  These messages are then sent through a channel and to a receiver who then decodes those messages and provides feedback which in itself starts the process over again.  It can be mapped out as starting with a source and moving forward through several steps; encoding, message, channel, receiver, decoding, and finally feedback.  Within this process of communicating to elicit a response, anxiety can easily rear its ugly, uninvited face.  Communication anxiety can cause a problem within the process and disrupt it.  I personally experience communication anxiety during the receiver decoding and feedback process.  When I send a message, I usually find myself getting nervous and feeling anxious about how the person I am communicating with might respond to my message.  One typical symptom of anxiety is restlessness.  I definitely experience this while I wait nervously for a response from the receiver.  I worry about their reaction and if they will hate it, disagree with it, question it, etc.  I find myself also getting lack of sleep sometimes if the message is important and sent through text.  Usually I will have to wait a long time for a response because my friends don’t respond fast.  This leaves anxiety to disturb my sleeping habits.  It is important to recognize which step in the process of communication might cause anxiety.  If it can be located, steps might be taken to avoid anxiety in the future and allow for more effective communication overall.