I have a television but I don’t watch TV. I switch on my PS4 and watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, occasionally BBC iPlayer. I pay a premium for YouTube Premium.
I’m a child of YouTube. I loved vloggers. I even vlogged myself for a time but it didn’t really go anywhere. When I got home from school I watched video after video into the early hours. And when I’d finished and turned the laptop off, I’d see my reflection in the screen. It’s a sight I’ve seen many times since, not just in the laptop monitor, but also my phone screen and the TV.
I’m a child of Twitter, too. I used to tweet a lot, in an effort to gain followers as I tried to forge a career in journalism. My online persona shaped me. It shaped my perception of myself. But that image didn’t match the one I saw in the reflection when I turned the screen off.
I’m also a child of MSN Messenger, MySpace, Tumblr and Facebook (to name a few). I’m a child of the internet but I’m not necessarily happy about it.