I attended a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Conference recently where I heard a talk on media consumption. With media being such a huge part of everyone’s daily lives, I believe it is important to know how to consume it responsibly. TV shows are important to monitor in your life. For example reality shows are not real. At all. Reality TV puts out the impression that the viewer’s lives are boring and that the show is portraying what real life looks like. This is totally false. Even if we realize that reality shows are not real it is still not appropriate to watch our brothers and sisters in Christ suffering on a reality show for our own entertainment.
When I first started thinking about consuming media responsibly I thought that I was pretty good at separating garbage in the media from my daily life. What happened though, without me even realizing it, is that if I am consuming garbage I will be putting out garbage. I couldn’t expect to watch or listen to vulgar media and then only portray myself as a caring and loving human being.
So how do you begin to consume media responsibly? I think it starts with realizing what you’re watching and whether or not it is true and beautiful, and if it’s not then you turn it off. I know this is very hard because there is a lot of junk out there today. Pray that God will help you notice bad media and that He would give you the strength to not consume it. Consuming media responsibly will positively affect your life in many ways. First of all you will begin to see that there is beautiful media out there, which will help you see the beauty in our world today. It will also help transform you as a person because you will not be putting out garbage because you will not be consuming it in the media.