Choice Podcast: Note to Self

Thanks to Professor Proctor, I connected with WNYC’s Note to Self podcast.

The hostess, Manoush Zomorodi, guides us through the digital world and our consumption of it in a guided manner very similar to how how On the Media guides us in their podcasts. It’s short, making it very easy to listen to and is offered on multiple platforms (Spotify, Itunes, soundcloud and more).

One of their podcast that actually hooked me in was “How to Find the Right Amount of Screen Time” involving how we are addicted to screens. It intrigued me because it focuses on the addictive quality of video games, something I’m personally fond of.

As a gamer, I can personally contest by saying games are meant to have an addictive quality because let’s be real, if they can keep you logging in at least every 15 minutes or even push you to give in to those sweet beloved microtransactions, they’re getting paid regardless of if you continue playing or just log in for 5 minutes. Games like World of Warcraft supply a plethora of tasks to do with alludes to a greater reward. If you do your daily chores, run older content, you may get something to show off for your persistent efforts on trying to get that one item that won’t mean anything. That 1% chance of possibly getting something means so much more than consistently getting something. Matt Pat, the host of a wonderful educational channel on video games called Game Theory, has done multiple videos on how apps like candy crush and Overwatch’s infamous loot box system intentionally hook us to continue playing.

It’s a double edged sword because in order to progress in this world, we rely on computers– In fact, this class alone is almost reliently dependent on technology. However, in a classroom environment our digital devices are actually perceived as a good thing. Otherwise, they’re deemed useless, a waste of time, and even an addiction.

Through Zomorodi’s thematic approach, she guides the reader and her guest in an engaging conversation that involves both the new and older generations. I would highly recommend listening to it.

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