Four teenage girls keep a diary of their social media usage over one day for CorpComms Magazine
FRANCES MUSSON, 17 STUDENT
9.30am Alarm on phone wakes me. I spend around 30 minutes on social media, looking at Snapchat first. I reply to messages from conversations I was having the day before, then I watch people’s Snapchat stories. Next I scroll through my Twitter feed, ‘Liking’ a few tweets from my friends that I find funny. I then scroll through my Instagram, ‘Liking’ a few of my friends’ photos et cetera. Finally, I reply to messages on WhatsApp or text. They are just tail ends of conversations I had the previous day, mainly in WhatsApp group chats with my friends.
10:15am I use my phone to look up a pancake recipe on BBC Good Food. 10:45am After making pancakes, I take pictures of them and Snapchat them to my friends and sister.
11am Listen to music on my Spotify account while having a shower and getting dressed. I then reply to Snapchats from friends. 12:00pm Take my dog for a walk. I take phone with me, but it’s in my pocket so I’m not on it.
12:30pm Take a picture of my dog in the park and post it on my Snapchat story. I also save the picture and text it to my dad. He replies with smiley faces.
1.30pm Return home and reply to all the messages I received while I was out – a couple of texts and Snapchat. Contact my friend by text to see if she wants to go out tonight. We agree to meet at 7pm.
2pm While writing an essay for school I use my phone to search words on www.thesaurus.com
5pm Listen to music on my phone while getting ready.
6pm I Google the best Vegan restaurants in Norwich and send a screenshot to my friend asking which she would prefer. We decide on Las Iguanas.
7pm I connect to Las Iguanas’ Wi-Fi. When our food and drinks arrive, I take a picture and put it on my Snapchat story. Apart from that, I am not on my phone until I get home.
10pm I look at my Snapchat messages and texts. I’ve received a few messages asking where I was eating after they saw the picture on my story. I reply saying how nice the food was. I use our team group chat on WhatsApp to ask if anyone can pick me up from the train station tomorrow for our game. After getting a reply, I use thetrainline.com app on my phone to check train times and purchase a ticket for the next morning.
11pm Catch up on Casualty. I message my friend on Snapchat to discuss the episode, and we agree that it’s not a very good one.
Midnight When in bed I set my alarm for the next morning. Before I go to sleep I spend about 20 minutes scrolling through my Twitter and Instagram feeds in the same way as I did in the morning, ‘Liking’ anything I find funny, relatable or important. I retweet a funny picture of a lion.
OLIVIA SMITH, 18 RESEARCH ASSISTANT
9:06am Wake up and check the majority of my social media accounts on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram. I spend about ten minutes scrolling through and replying to friends who had sent me Snapchats or messages on WhatsApp while I slept.
I catch up on my feed on Instagram, checking what my friends posted the night before and this morning. I follow some celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner, on Instagram, so I ‘Like’ a lot of her pictures. I always ‘Like’ my friends’ pictures and often comment if they have posted a selfie. Admittedly, I ‘Like’ the majority of pictures that come up on my Instagram feed, often without thinking about it. I also look on the Explore page of Instagram, which usually takes me between ten and 15 minutes. I really like this page as it helps me to find new accounts that interest me, based on my recent activity and people I already follow.
9:30am My friend replies to my Snapchat so I open the notification and continue the conversation. I like to talk on Snapchat Chat because it is fairly easy and also you can see when the other person is typing or is online. The only problem with Snapchat Chat is that you have to save the message before you exit the page or the message will disappear which makes it quite difficult to remember what the other person has said.
I look through some Snapchat stories. Usually I only open my close friends’ stories or people who have been out at a party the night before, as I know their stories will be interesting and exciting.
9:37am I scroll through Twitter, properly looking through my feed. This can take as long as 20 minutes as by the time I’ve finished scrolling the page, it refreshes and there are even more tweets to be seen. I retweet I always look at the menu at Nandos as if I’m going to buy something different. I tend to retweet things that make me think, ‘Oh I do that, too!’ or things that make me laugh. I don’t actually follow the person who originally tweeted that, but they were on my feed as somebody that I do follow had retweeted them. A lot of the time, I retweet things from people I do not even follow.
10:00am I open Whatsapp and listen to a voice note a friend sent the day before. We were making plans to meet up, and find it easier to send each other voice notes to explain what days we can do and where we want to go et cetera. It’s much easier than calling someone or writing a long message; it’s more conversational than a text but less time consuming than a call. If you’re busy, you can open the voice note later. We talk on voice notes for about 25 minutes.
11:00am I tweet My hair takes so long to dry!! I then scroll through Twitter again, and reply to my friend on Snapchat. Three notifications come up on Twitter; two of my friends have retweeted my tweet and also retweeted my retweet about Nandos. Noon While getting ready to go out, I listen to music on Spotify. Sometimes I use YouTube to listen to music videos, as I often have to delete Spotify for storage.
12:45pm Watch makeup tutorials on YouTube. I also love to watch makeup and fashion gurus on YouTube. I’ve noticed how huge they’ve become, they’re now seen as celebrities for people my age. Reply to my friend’s voice note on WhatsApp and also my friend on Snapchat.
1pm I finish getting ready and take a selfie. I scroll through Instagram and ‘Like’ some new pictures uploaded from people I follow. Upload my selfie onto Instagram and close the app.
1:13pm I check back on Instagram to see if I’ve got any ‘Likes’. I continue doing this throughout the day, which takes about two to three minutes each time, although less frequently when I’m out. I reply to friends on WhatsApp and Snapchat, and also reply to comments on Instagram. I look on Facebook for about ten minutes. Personally, Facebook doesn’t appeal to me as much as the other apps. It’s less interesting and I don’t find myself clicking on the app very often.
8:00pm X Factor comes on. I use Twitter in between acts to see what people are saying about them. Most people tweet about the funnier acts, so I retweet those which I agree with.
8:22pm Upload a video onto my Snapchat Story of one of the acts on X Factor, captioned with a laughing face emoji.
9:00pm After X Factor, the main topic on Twitter seems to be about iOS10 (the new iPhone update). I only found out about the update through Twitter, which is why I find it to be so relevant and useful. Someone has retweeted a video of a person demonstrating the new iMessage tricks and the way iOS10 lets you change your messages et cetera. I quote this tweet, with the words Omg this is so cool!! I’m on Twitter for about 15 minutes.
9:20pm Post a selfie on Snapchat with a funny filter and check back to see who had viewed my story. I then spend about ten minutes replying to friends, plus an extra seven minutes checking Instagram. I don’t go on my phone as much through the evening as I’m watching television, but I check up on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter every 20 minutes or so.
AMOKE BOWMAN-BOYLES, 17 STUDENT
7:35am The alarm on the bedtime clock feature on iPhone goes off. I check my iMessage and reply to the group chat on WhatsApp.
7:45am Second alarm goes off and I properly wake up. I check Instagram and Instagram stories that were posted when I was sleeping from people I follow in different time zones. I check my unopened Snapchat.
8:10am I check the news on the Bubba app while drinking my coffee.
8:20am The alarm on my phone goes off, telling me I need to leave for college.
8:40am Arrive at school and check my messages on WhatsApp and iMessage.
9:50am My first lesson break. While drinking my coffee, I check all my media: Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. I ‘Like’ my friend’s tweets about the new Starbucks drink, Pumpkin Spice Latte, tweets from the Labour Party and retweet the political satire tweets my mum retweets.
10am I check my messages on WhatsApp and reply by text to my mum.
10:45am Breaktime. I connect wirelessly to the speakers in the common room, connect to YouTube and play my friends a new song.
11am I have a free period so, while doing my work, I check the Zara and Urban Outfitters’ websites to see if there’s anything new in the sale. I check my three email accounts and post a picture to my back up Instagram where I keep all my exploration photos, photos of landscapes in London and Paris et cetera.
11:30am Communicate via WhatsApp with a fashion photography student at the London College of Fashion who wants to arrange a winter shoot.
12:15pm Lunchtime. My coach wants to speak to everyone in the Academy. He tells us to go to the social area via WhatsApp.
12:30pm Meeting over. He told us to get our hearts checked. I book my appointment via my phone’s Internet.
1pm Use Snapchat to meet my friends before lessons, so we can walk together.
2pm Lesson break. I look to see how many ‘Likes’ my recent Instagram photos got.
3:10pm Lesson over, I go on Facebook because my friend from France wants to buy something for her boyfriend but the company only ships to England so she’ll get it shipped to me and I’ll post it on to her.
5:30pm I finish basketball training, for which I have to turn off my phone. There has been 60 messages in the WhatsApp group chat which I read. I reply to messages via WhatsApp, Snapchat, iMessage and Twitter direct message.
6:30pm Get home, and look up a recipe on the Yummly app.
6:35pm While cooking dinner I catch up on the latest episode of the Great British Bake Off on the BBC iPlayer app.
8pm While watching television, I do some online shopping on the ASOS and Nike apps.
8:15pm I tweet about the documentary I’m watching and reply to messages on Twitter direct message, Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp and iMessage.
9pm I watch some YouTube tutorials on hair and make up for inspiration for my next day’s look.
9:30pm I do meditation with the Headspace app.
10pm Watch the new music video of one of my favourite artists, Loyle Carner, and message my friends for the last time. I also go through my Instagram feed for the day and ‘Like’ my friends’ photos and watch all the remaining Snapchat and Instagram stories.
INÉS BOWMAN-BOYLES, 15 STUDENT
8.34am I check all my Snapchats.
After school I come home and look at the different Instagrams on my timeline. I check my Snapchat, and send one to a friend. Check Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat to see if she has updated since her robbery, and also my black hair Instagram group chat to see if there’s any news.
8pm I check my snapchats for streaks that I keep with people. Tweet It feels good to be off sport for a week only to be filled with school work and revision, just to let everyone know I’m working hard.
‘Like’ my friend’s tweet about her new acting opportunity because I think it shows a sign of friendship and also reassure people that, even if they don’t see you all the time, you’re there. Post a picture on Instagram of me and my friend Elsa at a party, as I haven’t seen her for yonks and I want people to know I have friends! It’s also a nice reminder to look back on, although I don’t look back through my Instagram photos too often as it’s a place for selfies and photos of my current life. Facebook is more for past memories you want to keep forever. It’s now 8:53pm.
10.40pm Check all my friends’ Snapchats. I have a routine; I let my Snapchats, Instagrams and tweets build up to a worthy amount of notifications. I probably get more than 20 Snapchats every hour and a half, and it gets quite hard keeping on top of maintaining streaks. It can be mentally exhausting at times, which sounds silly I know. However, it’s how I keep friendships and connections strong. I do my homework between each check.
Next morning I wake up and check my streaks, and ask who is going to a local sixth form open day because I don’t want to be lonely. On the way to school, I check Facebook to look at my running club’s page. I hardly look at Facebook anymore, and I know that not many people of my own age do either. Personally, I think it’s overcrowded. In my opinion, they should strip the app bare and just keep the photos, friends and status timeline features.
I listen to Spotify all morning. I recently bought premium because it’s just nice listening to music without adverts. There’s advertising on everything anyway, and it’s usually for things that don’t apply to me.
Check Bretman Rock’s Snapchat because he makes me laugh with his outrageous looks. Seeing the free make up he gets from companies is great. [Editor’s note: Bretman Rock is an 18 year old vlogging sensation, with more than six million followers on Instagram.]
I also check Cosmo, Buzzfeed, People and [food and travel community] Tastemade Snapchat features. I occasionally check Refinery29 [a beauty trends site]. I hardly ever check people because I’m not that interested in celebrities. However, Kim Kardashian’s robbery is interesting so I read an article about it.
It must get too much to be constantly online. I can’t cope with it, and I’m 15 with a small amount of followers (1,600) on Instagram and 300 plus on Snapchat. I’ve given up looking at stories unless they’re by close friends.
I also look at YouTube make up tutorials for my particular mixed race skin tone, and also tutorials for my new Morphe pallet. A lot of my friends watch make up tutorials, and create some really nice looks.
It’s time to do some English homework. I check out Mr Bruff’s YouTube channel [run by English teacher Andrew Bruff, with almost 44,000 subscribers and nine million views]. He talks about the new GCSE papers and questions and how they will work, as well as the Grade 9 types of writing techniques to include in your essays. My grades are really important to me and I really want a good set of results so it’s really helpful to have so many things available on social media.