How do you think your media consumption influences your social life, such as what friends you tend to hang out with, when and where you meet, and what you talk about? Does your identity reflect your media consumption, or does your media consumption affect your identity?

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Since you're being asked about your own personal experience here, you'll want to consider the impact media it has had on you, specifically, throughout your own lived experience. Here are a few things to think about and some questions you might ask yourself to help develop your answer.

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Since you're being asked about your own personal experience here, you'll want to consider the impact media it has had on you, specifically, throughout your own lived experience. Here are a few things to think about and some questions you might ask yourself to help develop your answer.

We often think of "media consumption" as a specific set of inputs, but it's an incredibly wide category that encompasses most of what our brains consume. Your media consumption includes movies, television, books, and articles, but also music, comedy, art, and posts on social media.

Think about your favorite things in each of these categories, if you have them. How do you engage with those preferences in your life or demonstrate them to others? Have you ever worn a t-shirt from a band you like, hung a piece of art in your room, or sent someone a link to a song that speaks to you? If you were to describe yourself to someone in a single paragraph, would any of these influences be mentioned? If so, what would that illustrate about you?

How do these influences find their way into your personal relationships? Do you prefer to spend time with people who like the same things you like, or do you find that many of your friends have different media consumption habits than you? Have you ever bonded with someone over a piece of media? Argued with someone over one? What, if anything, did those interactions reveal about the two of you?

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