Scott Analytical Report

Websites

- Facebook.com
- Webmail.vt.edu
- Gmail.com
- Twitter.com
- Timesdispatch.com
- Hokiesports.com
- Pandora.com
- Wikipedia.org
- Youtube.com
- Weather.com
- km.info.wikidot.com
- Usmagazine.com

Description of Use

- Facebook.com – I use Facebook multiple times on a daily basis, and a majority of the time it is used as a procrastination tool. I usually spend the most time looking at Facebook on Monday’s, after people have uploaded pictures from the weekend. For the rest of the week, I typically log on a few times a day tTo see if I have any notifications, messages, or event/group invitations and then I log off and then at night I will spend about 20 minutes just looking at different aspects like “recently updated friends.”

- Webmail.vt.edu – I check my VT e-mail about 3 times a day; when I wake up, at lunch, and before I go to sleep. I used to leave it up all the time, but it would stop updating if I got a message and didn’t acknowledge it so I stopped that. I am not very good about checking my e-mail; I have about 700 unread messages, most of which are junk mail and advertisements. I am not a big fan of Webmail because it seems that whenever it is most important for me to send an e-mail it doesn’t work.

- Gmail.com – I check my gmail account more frequently than my webmail account because it is more reliable. I created a gmail account because webmail made me mad and I was able to have all of my webmail mail forwarded to my gmail account. Again, I have many unread messages; I only read the ones from professors or if they pertain to something important.

- Twitter.com – I just recently joined the Twitter bandwagon and so far it has been pretty fun. When I first got it I only looked at it about once a day but now, I look at it about 3 times a day. I do not actually tweet that much myself, I will retweet something someone else has said, but normally I just read others tweets. A few of my friends have also recently joined Twitter which makes using it more fun.

TimesDispatch.com – I look at the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper online twice a day; in the mornings and before I go to sleep. I definitely do not read every article, but I just skim the headlines and if something looks interesting I will read it. I look at it just to try and keep up with what is happening in the world.

Hokiesports.com – I look at Hokiesports.com every other day usually. During football season it is more frequent, but for the purpose of this report, twice a week. Again, I do not read every article posted, but I do look at the interesting stories, blog posts, and picture galleries.

Pandora.com – I use Pandora very frequently. Almost anytime I am at my computer for more than 15 minutes, I will play Pandora. If I am writing a paper or getting ready, I turn it on. It is nice because it will automatically stop playing after a while if there has not been any activity on the page. I am guilty of leaving it on even when I leave the room though, and recently I have exceeded my 40 free hours a month.

Wikipedia.org – I am not a frequent user of Wikipedia. As we discussed in class, I use it as a first resource when I am writing a paper. If I have a question, I enter it into my google toolbar and Wikipedia is often the first search result so I click on it. Unless I am working on a paper, I only use Wikipedia twice a week.

Youtube.com – Before Pandora came out, I used youtube all the time to listen to music. Now though, I visit the site about three times a week if I want to try and find a video of a TV show that I did not get to watch. I do not comment on videos and I do not upload videos, I simply watch clips that others have posted.

Weather.com – I look at weather.com every morning before I leave the house. Even though it has misinformed me in the past, it offers a general idea of the weather outside. I have the Blacksburg, VA area code saved in the search bar and all I have to do is click in the bar and Blacksburg pops up. It helps me get an idea of how the day will play out because if I just looked out of the window or walked outside, I would not know the weather forecast for the rest of the day.

Km.info.wikidot.com – I look at our class wiki once a day, five times a week. I usually go straight to the calendar to see what we are supposed to be doing for the next class. Occasionally I browse through the different pages, but unless we are required to post something like an assignment, I do not post other things to the wiki.

Usmagazine.com – I am a gossip junkie and a poor college kid so I do not have the funds to pay for a subscription to the actual magazine. I look at Usmagazine.com twice a day. I look at the headlines and if there is an article I am interested in, I will read it. I normally look at the pictures posted on the website, but I never comment in any of the comment sections.

Analysis

I spend entirely too much time on the Internet when I should be doing school work. If I deleted my Facebook account, I think I would probably have all A’s. There have been times where I have so much school work to do and not enough will power, so I deactivated my account. I really was much more productive knowing that I could not just click on the little facebook icon on my toolbar. It is silly, but I felt like I didn’t know what was going on with my friends when my account was deactivated. So many people use Facebook to tell their friends what is going on in their lives, so I just felt very out of the loop. Now, my account is back and in full swing. I take so many pictures and I always post them to Facebook. Other than looking at my friends profiles, I typically only write on someone’s wall if it is their birthday or congratulations are in order for some reason. The most activity I really take part in, is uploading photos. When deciding what pictures to upload, I normally do not put up unflattering pictures of myself or my friends. And now that I am trying to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life, I try to censor the ones with alcohol. I have all of my privacy settings set so only my friends can see my albums and pictures tagged of me, but I still worry that potential employers can figure out a way to view my profile, so I do not want to give the wrong impression. I had to delete the bumper sticker application because my friends would send me bumper stickers that were definitely funny, but they were not appropriate and I could not delete them; it was like a virus. Some of my “friends” update their statuses every day with their daily itinerary and their exact emotions which I personally think it ridiculously unnecessary, but it does allow people to know what is going on in their lives. Twitter is the same way, only with more celebrities. I got a Twitter account because it seems to be one of the new ways used to spread information. As someone said in class, you know something big must be happening in the world when Twitter is overcapacity. Schools, businesses, political figures, towns, and athletic teams have Twitter accounts now and “tweeting” things is probably the fastest way to get information out to everyone. Admittedly, I used to think Twitter was ridiculous, but now I enjoy having it. I don’t tweet much myself, but I will re-tweet what others have said. Again, it provides a nice distraction from school work.

I hate e-mail. I don’t know why, I just do. I hardly even open my Webmail account anymore because I have g-mail and everything from webmail is forwarded to g-mail. I check my e-mail three times a day probably, which is probably a lot less than other people. I hardly e-mail my friends or family, I would rather just call them if I have something to say. I don’t think I am important enough to have e-mail on my phone; if it is something really important, the person probably has my phone number and can just call me.

I do not spend a lot of time looking at the other websites. I do not subscribe to the newspaper or magazines like US Weekly, so I just look at them online and if there is an article I want to read, I will. But that is not really any different than if I were to be reading them on paper; if I don’t think it is interesting I am not going to read it. It is also just a convenience that I have grown accustomed to; to be able to read things online. There is no waiting for information like there is when reading things that are printed. News stories on the Internet are constantly updated with the newest developments and if you have access to the Internet, you have access to this information. I have grown up with Internet access literally at my fingertips so I do not know anything different. Whenever I have a paper to write or a project to do that requires research, I just go to the Internet to find the information. Here at VT, I just have to log in to our library web page, and I can access almost any print book online. If I can’t find the information through the library, I always use Google and go from there. As we talked about in class, Wikipedia is almost always the first result and I will occasionally use that to find other sources. I am putting a lot of trust in Google to provide me with the information I need; I obviously do not know a lot about whatever I am researching, hence the research. I guess I trust Google the most because that is the dominate search engine right now.

Today, when we want information, we do not want to have to wait for it. People now have Internet on their phones and as long as there is cellular service, they can access whatever they want. It is a huge convenience to be able to type a few letters and be provided with numerous answers and information. I do think that I spend an unnecessary amount of time on the Internet, but it is the way that I gather knowledge.

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