11 Things I Say In A Text And What I Mean IRL

11 Things I Say In A Text And What I Mean IRL

I replied 'haha,' but I'm not actually laughing.
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If you really think about it, texting is a very weird way of communicating. You say things you would never think about saying in person and you’ll never know how mad someone actually is in a texting argument. Whether you’re texting your best friend or your significant other, you probably have things you say on the reg that no one else could truly understand. Shout out to my BFFL. I’m usually pissed and you just think “I’m fine,” but here are some things we say in texting and what they actually mean in real life.

1. “I’m literally dead”

Well, I’m typing so I’m not actually dead, but here we are.

2. “OMG RIP”

You’re embarrassing and I can’t believe that just happened.

3. “Literally”

What the actual fu*k.

4. “IDK, b.”

You’re dumb and I’m over your sh*t, so bye.

5. “I hate me”

I don’t actually hate myself, but I’m really embarrassed of my recent actions.

6. “I’m fine”

A classic — I’m actually really pissed and you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

7. “Haha”

I feel so awk right now.

8. “HAHAHAHAHA”

You’re probably my BFF and I’m literally laughing right now.

9. “OMFG”

YOU DID NOT.

10. “Are u drunk”

This is a question and I need you to chill or tell me what is happening. Or you’re talking about your feels and I’m not about that right now.

11. “Hey”

I have so much more to say, but I don’t know how to say it. Bottom line — I have a lot more to say than “hey.”

When I say "LOL" I don’t actually mean I’m laughing and if I only reply “ok” then I’m either mad or didn’t have time to type a full reply, but there is no in between.

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The Downfall Of Technology As Told By Black Mirror

"Before this obsession, when we had conversations, remember?"
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Technology. Technology surrounds us daily as we interact with friends, co-workers, family members, etc. Through the access of phone calls, FaceTime, Skype video calls and social media. While the recent updates to technology over the last decade have improved drastically, the effects technology leaves on millennials today has become overwhelming.

Netflix series "Black Mirror" has taken over and become a hit show. I was first shown an episode of "Black Mirror" in my Expository Writing class as a gateway to our technology unit. The series' first episode of the third season is exceptionally written. 'Nosedive' delivers the obsession society faces with technology, and the unpleasing effects.

1. Characters in the episode are always holding their phones.

Main character, Lacie Pound, is introduced in the opening scene of the episode as she goes for a morning run while looking at her phone. Nowadays, teens are glued to their electronics. I am guilty of this myself, however, I am working on minimizing my time on my phone and using social media.

Throughout this episode, it is important to note how many times the characters utilize their phones. After watching this episode several times, I reminded myself of how many times I would look at my phone in an hour, so I could minimize how much I spend time looking on apps and social media.

2. Everything is done over the phone

Between Lacie taking pictures of her everyday activities to catching up with old friend Naomi, Lacie's phone is attached at her hip, meaning she never goes anywhere without it and does everything with it. Conversation has become almost extinct whereas "rating" each other has become the new normal. After a conversation with someone or receiving a service of any kind, Lacie along with other characters rate each other. This rating could potentially raise the average number or drop based on confrontation.

I've noticed this more and more as I was in high school. Students were on their phones so much It had gotten to the point where teachers needed to apply a "phone jail" to their class rules. Students used their phones for everything during a school day, from school work, pleasure, etc. which I find rather unsettling.

3. High ratings correlate to high self-esteem

After several conversations with various people, Lacie's rating continues to increase, therefore allowing her confidence to become apparent. Much like today's use of social media, the more 'likes' and 'followers' we have, the more popular and likable we are, which is a false and disturbing misconception.

4. Low ratings = limited to no privileges

If the character's ratings continue to decline, it becomes difficult for them to purchase houses, find sponsorship, etc. Ultimately, the show depicts a high standard for its people and if the characters don't live up to that standard, privileges are slowly taken away. In my opinion this is cruel, but accurately paints a picture of how millennials act towards their profiles on social media.

5. Social media takes over your life

Time after time Lacie's average rate dropped so low that the fight to bring it back up was impossible. She cared so much of how others viewed her that she tried too hard and wound up bringing her rate down significantly with every penalty faced. It had gotten so low to the point she became mentally insane, threatening people with knives who did not rate her a good score.

While I myself use social media for fun, I do not let the amount of 'likes,' 'followers,' or 'comments' define who I am as a person. I believe all millennials should take this into consideration and not rely on social media for confidence.

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5 Reasons Why Us Millennials Wouldn't Survive 5 Minutes Without Google, If Even That

I probably wouldn't have passed 8th grade.
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Its the year 2018. We have Siri to tell us basic math problems, Alexa the dot to play music for us or give a weather recap, and any other "problems" that arise in our everyday lives, we simply just turn to Google. Back in the dinosaur age, before there were cell phones, Google, and crazy technology, people will tell you life was much simpler, well I disagree. I'd like to think life was just plain, boring!

We have become so accustomed to a life with Google, I have compiled a list of 5 reasons why I don't think I would even make it through a day without it — and that is scary and amazing all in itself.

1. We wouldn't know how to go anywhere

A paper map? What is that? Just use Google Maps, I can put in any address and get real-time traffic, how many minutes it will take me to get there, even the mileage is all calculated out. If a paper map was my only option I would struggle to even figure out what direction North was.

2. Homework would be impossible

Personally, I need a YouTube video, Quizlet, and an example problem just to figure out how to do my math homework. I probably would not have made it passed the 8th grade if it wasn't for Google's homework help.

3. Encyclopedia who?

Writing a paper, or inquiring any fact really would involve taking a trip to the library, finding the book needed, flipping to the page, etc. You get it, it would be an incredibly lengthy process just to find out a simple fact that Google can tell you in seconds.

4. Events and activities would be pretty much nonexistent

Have you been to a concert, ran a 5K, enjoyed a dinner special, or gone to a farmers market lately? Technology was most likely the way you found out about the event. It was shared, tweeted, texted, or you searched about it! In other words, we would have no life if it wasn't for Google.

5. We wouldn't know that people are eating Tide Pods

Okay so maybe this isn't the most important news headline... but my point is, news and trends would not be available in the ways they are now, and it would take much longer to get to us. The news could even be outdated or irrelevant if it is not delivered in time, gasp!!

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