Monday, April 16, 2012


This short excerpt below comes from a paper I wrote for my Media Literacy class. I thought the concept was pretty fascinating, so I figured I would share it with you. I apologize a little, because I know how boring this could appear to you. This right here is my warning to you: Do not read further if you get bored easily. Haha.

I would argue that I am a sensation seeker. My emotions are greatly affected by television, movies, blogs I read etc. The text defines a sensation seeker as, “a personality trait believed to have a biological basis that expresses a need for physiological arousal, novel experience and a willingness to take social, physical and financial risks to obtain such arousal” (Stephenson, 2003). I see this more actively in my life when it comes to the social aspects, and less about financial risks, or physical risks such as bungee jumping or riding extreme roller coasters. I enjoy spur of the moment activities, and often find myself walking the line of rebellion. I think these examples can be related to my sensation seeking personality. Without getting too personal, I can see the evidence of my sensation seeking the most within my dating relationships. Text messages alone are a new form of sensation seeking. The risk of sending your written thoughts to someone to respond to, or perhaps in some situations not respond, is a risk in itself. The sender of course has the power to make the message more or less “risky,” but some could argue they are still seeking an arousal from the response of the recipient.
            When it comes to my preferences in media, I can find myself being swayed in a direction that appears favorable. I enjoy watching certain reality television shows. I have even been found to form a para-social relationship with one or two reality television stars. If I can identify with these people in some sense, I find myself being persuaded or agreeing with these people when normally I would not in real life. With that being said, I think it would be easy for advertisement to capture this honesty and take advantage of that using the realty show stars. Like in the studies that Stephenson talks about, incorporating anti-drug campaigns within reality television (which is the rising form of media in this day and age) could be very powerful for younger audiences. 

Are you a sensation seeker you think?

Love and Learning to be Literate with Media


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