Sorry, But We Can't Be Friends, Facebook

Sorry, But We Can't Be Friends, Facebook

Facebook is like your yearbook, the memories never change.
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Maybe once but no more than three times a day, I'll check on my social media platforms. I'll scroll through my feeds to see what everyone else is feeding me and the next thing I know I'm liking and searching down the wormhole of the internet. The habit is its own trending Tweety bird that everyone follows.

At the end of the day when that Instagram sun sets, what can we look forward to? Another three-course breakfast we won't have in the morning or a supercar and supermodel we wish we had. Time management is a priority before posting and sharing ever is and what I use social media for is not how I see myself in real life.

"In real life" is still a phrase and until this life becomes the Matrix, I don't see why Facebook quantifies friendships and relationships. You might have over a thousand friends but how many of those friends do you know? How about on a first-name basis? People are not numbers, but I guess the number of people you know, have known, will never know, is socially acceptable and desired.

This friendship bracelet can't be worn online. Anything you do offline can't be done the same online. Rather than submit to the reality of friends you meet and talk to, we hold onto that keyboard, that app to keep a connection alive.

Facebook friends are social conveniences that confirm and celebrate connections without the validation of a friendship. People from high school I remember seeing, even talking to briefly, have added me on Facebook. Because I'm friendly and I left some impression on them, I will do the same.

My decision to be friends however didn't need a login and password. I recognized these people, admittedly sometimes vaguely, but the moment we became Facebook friends, the conversations lasted just as long.

Mark Zuckerburg says it best, and worst, about what you get with the internet and Facebook: "A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa." That's Zucked up.

Right now, Facebook is a dying squirrel, belly up and still twitching with what little life it has. If it's not advertisement or the abuse of privacy, it's the AI nipple police and a new dating service that Facebook is milking for all it's worth.

Like Google, Facebook changed its motto from something you would read in a dystopian novel to a statement of social awareness, inclusion, and action. The services may be free to use but are not used for free.

Instead of reading that dystopian novel and learning its precautionary tale, we're reading a wall of text that satisfies someone's echo chamber without discernment. We latch onto immediate interests, like a string of posts without a second thought and wonder why the person's shoes we step into don't fit.

We forget that connecting and networking online can become a blinking twelve problem if we do not make these connections offline. Facebook promises social interaction but like any social media, the medium all too often becomes the message.

So please, don't add me on Facebook, but if you have, go ahead and unfriend me too. Our relationship won't be complicated or made "Facebook Official."


Face me like an open book and let's be friends.

Cover Image Credit: Tom Holmes

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10 Reasons Buying A Fitbit Is The Best And Worst Thing That Will Happen To You

Do you even Fitbit?

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We all have or know of someone who has joined the Fitbit craze. They are amazing, are they not? A watch, a step counter, a calorie counter, a sleep tracker and, in some models, a heart rate monitor. How awesome is that? They have definitely become a new "trend." I see people all over campus and the gyms wearing them.

After wearing mine nonstop for a couple months, I realized 10 reasons why it was the best and worst decision to purchase one.

1. I find it motivates me to take more steps each day.

It really is motivating. Kind of silly, though, that something as simple as a step counter can actually make you want to take more steps. It definitely inspires me to get up and get moving.

2. On days I do not meet the daily step goal, I feel like a lazy bum.

If I don't reach 10,000 steps, I feel like I've accomplished absolutely nothing. Sometimes, I'll look at the number of steps and seriously question if I ever even stepped out of bed that morning. How can I only have 3,000 steps in a day? Yep, sadly, it's happened to me.

3. When I'm just "so close" to the 10,000 steps, I find myself walking around aimlessly in circles just to reach the daily goal.

Yes, I will admit it, I have a problem. I see 9,000-something and then I become SpongeBob and Patrick.

4. When I do reach 10,000 or higher, I feel embarrassingly accomplished.

Did I run a marathon? Did I run for president? Did I win the lottery? Nope! I just hit 10,000 steps and I feel like I did all three (it's pathetic).

5. Having competitions with friends via the Fitbit app makes you want to do way better.

OK, I will confess... I have cheated. (Sorry, friends.) But when you're beating me by 10 steps, what do you expect!? I am competitive and the Fitbit app has only fed my competitiveness by either making me work out longer or cheat (only a little).

6. It makes you realize how good, or, in my case, how bad your sleep pattern really is.

It really is awesome how it can track your sleep, I won't deny that. But holy cow, until I bought one, I didn't realize how terribly I slept during the week and how lazy I am during the weekend. Seriously, four hours on weekdays and nine on the weekends—is that normal? Not sure, but at least my Fitbit can track it!

7. I find myself refusing to take it off, even when going out and looking cute.

It is pathetic, I know. But how could I take it off when I am potentially going to get thousands of steps going place to place? Why wear my cute watches or bracelets when I can wear my super cute Fitbit?!?

8. When I go a day without it, I find myself feeling empty.

How will I know how many steps I took? How will I win the competition? What if I hit 10,000 and I don't even know!?

9. It is the easiest way to check the time in class.

You can format it any way you want, but my favorite is so I can click it and it shows the date and time. I can simply click the side button, and there's the time. Sometimes, I find myself clicking it every. Single. Minute. Until class is over.

10. I cannot go anywhere without the charger.

It has become equally as important as my cell phone charger because if it dies, how will I know how many steps I took?

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Apple Proposed Emojis To Better Represent People With Disabilities And We’re All Here For It

It's about time.

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In early 2018, Apple announced that it proposed emojis that featured people with disabilities. Although disability is all around us, the disabled community seems to be underrepresented in a multitude of things, including emojis used on iPhones and other mobile devices. In fact, according to an article on the Huffington Post, "people with disabilities make up the largest minority population". What is clearly long overdue, I think this is a great step in representing the disabled community more in our everyday lives.

In 2012, the newest Apple emojis featured a gay and lesbian couple, which was not featured when the emojis were first launched. This was a huge step for the LGBTQ+ community and was able to show extreme inclusivity when it can to emojis.

In 2015, Apple was able to increase the racial diversity within emojis by users being able to hold down a certain emoji and then choosing a specific skin tone that they wanted. This, of course, was a major step to represent inclusivity among society and those who used emojis in their everyday lives.

In 2018, Apple proposed new emojis that would better represent the disabled community. According to multiple sources, Apple is looking to add 13 additions that can represent the disabled community. The proposal includes a person in a wheelchair, an ear with a hearing aid, a service dog, a person with a cane, and a prosthetic leg and many more.

When CNN asked Apple about their proposed emojis, Apple exclaimed that it chose options that are "most inclusive towards people in these four main categories: blind and low vision, dear and hard or hearing, physical (motor) disabilities, and hidden disabilities".

I think this is an amazing thing, as all minorities are finally starting to get represented in our society. People with disabilities are all around us, and it is important that everyone starts to see how common disability is among society, and how steps like this can be used as a way to show inclusivity. Although these emojis should have already been made, this is a major step for society as a whole as we are able to become more aware of people around us.

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