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24 Hour Media Diet: Spotting Misinformation

January 14, 9:00 a.m.: I woke up at 9 in the morning on Friday to have enough time to prepare for going to work at Starbucks. I will almost always start my day by checking social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. My Twitter is heavily consisted of sports news specifically the NBA and NFL, as well as all things The Weeknd (musician).

11:00 a.m.: My shift yesterday was from 12:00 – 5:45 p.m. and I usually shower around 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. The shower usually consists of me either watching YouTube videos or playing music from my Spotify and today I played the new Weeknd album “Dawn FM”.

3:00 p.m.: These times vary anywhere from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. but on my ten minute break I will try to skim through Twitter as quick as possible. Yesterday I stumbled upon an article by cnet.com that discussed the differences between masks with the new Omicron variant. It compared the effectiveness between the surgical, cloth, and KN-95 masks and showed how the KN-95’s are almost our only chance and staying mostly protected. I read a stat that said cloth masks can prevent transmission for about 25 minutes, whereas KN-95 masks can prevent transmission for up to 25 hours.

6:00 p.m.: By now I’m finally home and usually once again do a quick social media cycle before eating dinner. My dad told me that California was considering cancelling the Super Bowl which would cause the NFL to move locations with Texas being the primary suitor. This led me to immediately check Twitter to see how valid this news was and I found out pretty quickly there was a rumor of this, but no real traction. Inglewood Mayor James Butts said there are no plans to move the Super Bowl despite rising Covid numbers (https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/dont-worry-about-it-mayor-says-super-bowl-will-be-played-in-inglewood/2929883/). This story was a prime example of how social media can quickly skew information because one second the Super Bowl is cancelled and moving to Texas and just from a simple two minute search, this was proven to be false. Especially for someone like my dad who is not active at all on social media, it can be easy for him to believe something he heard without a second thought.

8:00 p.m.: I usually will try to end my night doing something I enjoy such as playing my PlayStation or watching YouTube videos. Last night I decided to just lay down early and watch videos before bed. I watched various YouTube content from gaming to reactions and fell asleep around 11:00 p.m.

January 15, 6:30 a.m.: This morning I had to go to work from 7:00 a.m. to put away the weekly order so I woke up just on time at 6:30 and immediately went downstairs to get ready to leave. I listened to music in my car on the way to work and made it right on time. Me and my boss finished putting everything away at just about 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.: Right at the 24 hour mark I mobile ordered McDonalds using their app to take home some breakfast for my family.

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