BlogPageWelcome to my blog -- Grace's Rantings

I have made a study of human communication -- interpersonal as well as mass media.  I am intrigued by tremendous changes in human interaction in recent years.  The computer, Internet, smart phones and social media have dramatically changed the way we interact with each other.  Human discourse hasn't changed, but the mediums by which we communicate have..."and that has made all the difference".


Please share your thoughts and join in the discussion. I welcome your input and comments!


E-Reader vs. Book?

I saw this cartoon on Facebook and thought it was very funny.  Old school triumphing over new school!   But I must admit that I am one of those people who love reading on my kindle.  I wouldn't part with it.  I am also one of those people who try to convince everyone of the convenience and ease of reading on a kindle. 


However, I wasn't always a e-book reader.  As a matter of fact, I started out as one of those people who kept saying, "I love books; I love touching them, smelling them.  I love seeing the book spines lined on on the book shelf."

But after moving boxes and boxes of these lovely books around with me over the years, and ending up with much less space to display them, I am down to a small bookcase of only the books I truly love (mostly fantasy series), and a box of children's books in my basement that I couldn't part with.  However I now have many, many books stored on my kindle.  And with the kindle app on my phone, I always have access to my books.  When I find myself with some time to spare, I don't have to say, "Oh I wish I had my book".  It is always handy!

What is your preference e-reader or paper book?  And if you say book, have you ever tried reading on a kindle (or Nook or I-pad, etc?)

Radio is Everywhere

If you know me, or have been following this blog, you know I am a proponent of radio.  I've written on the reported demise of radio and the strength of radio.

I recently came upon some statistics from Nielsen's Audio today report from February 2014.  It seems that:

  • Over 92% of all persons age 12+ in the US, listen to radio each week -- over 242 million people.
  • Radio listeners, listen for more than 2 1/2 hours every day.
  • The majority of radio listeners (over 67%) are employed full time, and the majority of listening is away from home.
  • 65.2 million Millenials (90%) listen to radio each week.

What are your thoughts and experiences with radio?  When do you listen?  What do you listen to?

Media Habits of Millennials

Millennials, also known as Gen Y, are those young adults born sometime between the early 1980’s and the early 1990’s.  These 23-33 year olds are becoming more and more influential; they are starting their careers and families, and they will soon be the driving force in the population.

The media habits of Millennials are drastically different from young adults a generation ago.  According to a report in a recent edition of Inside Radio, 30% of Millennials daily media time is primarily spent with user-generated content (UGC).  UGC wasn’t even invented a generation ago!  According to Wikipedia, UGC is defined as including (but not limited to) digital videobloggingpodcastingforums, review-sites, social networkingsocial mediamobile phone photography and wikis.

Traditional media like television and radio only consume 10% and 7% of Millennials' media time respectively:

Medium % of Daily Media Time
User Generated Copy (UGC) 30%
Surfing the Internet 20%
Watching TV 10%
Playing Computer or Video Games 10%
Radio 7%

Not surprisingly, 71% of Millennials use social media on a daily basis, compared to 60% who report watching live TV and 53% who listen to radio daily; (this radio figure includes both broadcast and streaming).  And while 37% visit a news site online, only 18% read a print publication.

Millennials also report finding user generated copy 35% more memorable than other media sources, and 40% more trustworthy.

As we move forward, it is clear that traditional media’s audience and influence will continue to slip in favor of digital video, blogs, review sites, social media, photo sharing sites and whatever newer platforms arise.  Oh yeah, the times they are a changin’

Reaching the Working Mother

I have come across some interesting statistics on the media habits of working mothers, both traditional and digital media.  Working mothers are defined as women working full time who have a child (or children) under 18 at home.  These women tend to be more highly educated and have a higher household income than their stay at home counterparts.

A study done by Scarborough found that:

  • 46% of working mothers read the local news section of the daily papers
  • 40% watch local television morning news
  • 39% watch local evening news and 24% watch local late news.  (These lower number aren’t surprising as they are most likely helping with homework and/or preparing dinner during the evening news and in bed during the late news!)
  • Two diversely different cable networks are favorites among working mothers who are 22% more likely than the non-working mother to have watched HGTV during the past 7 days, and 24% more likely to have watched ESPN.

Working mothers also interact with traditional media’s digital platforms.

  • They are 21% more likely than the average mother to have visited a radio station website in the past 30 days, and
  • 12% more likely to have visited a broadcast TV website in that period.

Regarding social media, A report by She Knows and Harris Interactive shows that the social media habits of working mothers tend to be more in line with those of the millennial generation.


  • Both Millennials and working mothers have wide networks on twitter and Instagram.
  • Both report having as many twitter followers as Facebook friends.
  • Working mothers have twice as many twitter followers as stay at home moms and 4 times as many Instagram followers.
  • Neither group has as many Pinterest followers as older women and/or stay at home moms.

And so it seems that both traditional and digital/social media is important to working mothers and an advertiser needs to use both to reach this elusive market.

Apple's Holiday Ad

I was just setting a New Year's Resolution to make sure I post to this blog at least twice a month and I noticed that I haven't posted since JULY!  Yikes, I know better than that!

So for my final post of the year, I want to share the truly wonderful ad that apple is running this holiday season.  If you haven't seen it, it is really worth taking 90 seconds to watch it.

I don't have an I-phone or a Mac, I am an Android and PC person, but this ad could make me change my mind!

What were your favorite ads of the season?

I Love My Smart Phone

I love my smart phone.  I use it all the time.  I check send email, post to Facebook, twitter and other social media sites; text, check the weather, take pictures, read books, check for breaking news, look up obscure facts, search for all sorts of things, even use it as a flash light ... oh yeah, and I use it to make and receive phone calls.

A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive in June, 2013, found that 72% of smartphone owners are within 5 feet of their devices the majority of the time.   Well count me in that 72%.  Except when I go to the gym or go out for a run, I always have my cell phone on or near me!

And we use our phones at some rather interesting times:


Haha, well I am guilty of using mine while driving (for talking), at the theater (while waiting for the movie to start) and on a dinner date, but only if my companion pulls out their phone first, or goes to the bathroom!  But at church? in the shower? or during sex?  Yikes!

Looking specifically at the Gen-Y generation, this smart phone “addiction” is strong.  A study by Cisco and Perfomics found that 3 out of 4 of 18-29 year olds check their phone as soon as they wake up.  40% check them every 10 minutes.  (Guilty! even though I'm long out of that demographic)

These 18-29 year olds feel more dependent on their smart phone than they do their laptop or desktop.  (The same is true of 30-49 year olds, it's only when we get to the 50+ crowd that the desktop takes precedence).



These statistics really aren't surprising when you consider that these Millennials grew up with smart phones.  I doubt that many of them even have a land line!

They use their phone constantly:

  • 76% use their devices in bed
  • Over 30% use them in the bathroom
  • Over 50% use them during social meals.

And the most common use for the phone among these 18-29-year-olds in the study was:

  • Log in to social networks (62%)
  • Check the weather forecast (58%)
  • Review their calendar and appointments (56%)
  • Check or send emails (56%)

How (and where) do you use your smart phone?  Could you live without it now that it has become ubiquitous?

Our Social Media Habit is Growing

Here's an interesting infographic from Mashable 

It seems we are suffering from Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), and as such are more tied to social media than ever!  I see myself in a lot of these stats.

  • Like 51% of the population, I manage 3 e-mail accounts (well 4 if you count an old aol account that I check periodically just in case);
  • I don't check my social networks as soon as I wake up (as does 27% of the population), but I do as soon as I sit at my desk and turn on my computer for the day;
  • Like 35% of you, I spend at least 31 minutes responding to email, writing on my blog(s), on Facebook, Pinterest, etc;
  • I have multiple Facebook pages, twitter accounts and blogs (as does 42% of the population).  I have one set for my personal passion--wellness.  My personal blog can be found here, along with the corresponding Facebook page, and another set for my professional side --like this blog, and this FB page!)

However I'm not sure I am afraid of missing out.  It's more like I want to stay in touch with what is going on!  (Is that the same thing?)  And I don't plan to stop or "take a vacation" from my social network sites.  I enjoy writing on my blogs and keeping up with my friends on Facebook.

Do your habits correspond to these?SocialMediaAddictionInfographic

Give Pen and Paper A Try!

I am a firm believer in sending hand writing letters to friends, relatives and business associates.  I even make it a new year’s resolution to send a card or letter each week!  I find that writing a letter is an entirely different experience from typing an email or sending a text.  To quote our friend Marshall McLuhan, the medium really is the message!
Peter Scott

Today I'd like to present a guest post from Peter Scott Stringham.  Peter is a Certified Law of Attraction facilitator and teacher of prosperity, neuro-linguistic programming, goal setting and true success.  You can find out more about Peter Scott and his workshops here:

Peter has written a great post on the value of writing things down by hand.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did!

When we take the time to write by hand, we engage in a more reflective mode of thinking, the first requirement of greater creativity."

Richard Restak

I invite you to take something you have been typing regularly and try hand writing it instead.  Preferable, it should be something that draws on your creative, right brained side.  Some possibilities:

  • a business plan
  • creative writing- a story about something that happened in your life perhaps
  • a blog post (to be typed in later)
  • a letter to a friend or relative (remember those?)
  • the book you are working on (Steven King, John le Carre and JK Rowling are among the authors who do all their writing by hand)
  • journaling

Neurologist and author Richard Restak says that writing longhand forces you to think more deeply and calmly about what you are trying to say.   “When we take time to write (by hand),” Resak has written, “we engage in a more reflective mode of thinking, the first requirement of greater creativity.”

When I am writing, I feel a glow in my chest, warmth that comes from having tapped into my divine-Self.  Writing is the gateway to a world of thoughts that I never knew were inside of me.  It feels so good to write I don’t know why I’ve done so little of it these past few years.

I've resolved to connect myself back up to my joy by writing daily once again.  By hand.  And producing my newsletter weekly and blogging regularly (heck, Seth Godin does it and has hardly missed a day in years).

And yes, I hand wrote this posting before typing it.  Felt great.

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