Which one is correct, "influence of media in our lives," or "influence of media on our lives?"
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Both in and on are correct and used in this case. There is no absolute rule but it seems that for some people there may be a slight distinction between "influence of media on people" and "influence of media in things" which would incline me toward "influence of media in our lives".
You can change the grammar to remove the proposition, for example "how media influences our lives", providing that you are happy using a singular verb with a Latin plural noun.
When I read the two sentences I distinguish the meanings of the two as such:
A rewording to make it more clear:
This is not a necessary distinction, however, and you can legitimately say:
There is another difference between using "in" and "on" in this context. "In" implies that something is happening within our lives or that something is affecting our lives from the inside. "On" implies a more distant, abstract influence: Something is happen to our lives from the outside or to our lives as a whole.
They're both correct, with a slight distinction in meaning.
I don't know whether this distinction is specific to "the media", so let me posit some new phrases:
Yup, the distinction's still there: to me, "in" implies one of many influences, while "on" implies a more all-encompassing influence.