Everyone who uses the Internet is a media consumer.
There are three types of media consumers, and we all have these three types in us.
Do you have enough self-awareness to know when and how often you are which?
1. The Escapist
The escapist consumes media to feed his desire for immediate gratification.
He consumes news and entertainment for pleasure.
He consumes to distract himself from himself and his problems—to escape from life.
The escapist’s principle is to consume and forget.
His prime emotions are anger and joy.
Personally, this is what the escapist in me consumed this week:
(“A dreamcatcher works… if your dream is to be gay.” Demetri Martin’s These Are Jokes might be the wittiest stand-up show of all time.)
and for anger…
Nothing. I don’t poison my mind with impotent outrage triggered by news, politics, and social media.
2. The Egoist
The egoist consumes media to feed his ego.
He consumes education and motivation for success.
He consumes to learn and be inspired to take action—to get ahead in life.
The egoist’s principle is to consume and create/achieve.
His prime emotions are pride and curiosity.
Personally, this is what the egoist in me consumed this week:
(Minutephysics’s Correlation CAN Imply Causation explains how we can infer causality from statistics.)
and for pride…
(Discharger’s Never Surrender always gets me pumped to attack physical goals.)
3. The Esotericist
The esotericist consumes media to feed his soul.
He consumes stories, wisdom, and deep art for spiritual elevation.
He consumes to open his mind to the richness of human experience—to appreciate life.
The esotericist’s principle is to consume and thank God.
His prime emotions are love and gratitude.
Personally, this is what the esotericist in me consumed this week:
(Jocko Willink’s Podcast #90 induces an essential aspect of mindcoolness: gratefulness for other people’s will.)
and for love…
Nothing. I’m not a chick.
If you look closely, you will find that the three types are always presently intertwined.