In A World Where Connection Is Easier Than Ever, Why Are We So Alone?

In A World Where Connection Is Easier Than Ever, Why Are We So Alone?

Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facetime, SMS. What about BFFs?

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Today I walked to class with my phone in my backpack. With my eyes not being occupied by a screen, I noticed maybe the saddest sight. Almost every single person I passed had their neck hunched over with their eyes glued to their smartphone. I could not help myself but think how many connections an average person misses in a day due to being preoccupied with social media.

As Millennials, we are addicted to our smart devices. Bless the generation after us, they don't stand a chance. Anytime we feel alone or uncomfortable we escape to our "safe place." However, this escape is what is causing us to feel so alone even while being surrounded by common nature people. There are countless people that I follow on Instagram that I have never said a word to in person. I actually sat alone with one of my ghost Instagram friends and was too afraid to say hey. I like her pictures, she likes mine, but what if she did not recognize me and just thought I was a complete weirdo?

So, if I feel uncomfortable talking to someone that I found through social media, what is our smartphone really connecting us to? Our smartphones and social media apps connect us to the idea of a group of people. It is a great way to keep you up to date on friends and family who live across the country, and it is a great way to feel closer to your favorite actress or YouTube couple. But at what cost? While keeping us closer to people far away from us, social media apps are pulling us further away from someone you sit directly next to.

So where do we go from here? We put down the smartphone.

What? Outrageous!

I know, but the only way for us to reconnect as humans is to put our technology on silent. Literally and metaphorically. As a world, we are corrupted with this idea of a perfect relationship, the perfect lifestyle, the perfect pet, the perfect body, the perfect GPA, a perfect life (#Goals). When in reality, life is far from perfect. We fear the thought of showing any signs of weakness or variability. Variability is the way humans connect, hello empathy. As a kid, I remember going out to the backyard and playing "lava" on the playset or picking up a stick and pretending it was a sword. Now kids grab an IPad and sit on the couch. They do not have to use their imagination because it is being played out in front of them. We are the only ones who can stop this zombie apocalypse of smartphone drones from happening. So, what are you going to do? Will, you put the smartphone down?

Thrive On!

Ephesians 5:21

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75 Of The Most Iconic Vine Quotes

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Vine may be dead but Vine references live on. I still watch Vine threads AT LEAST twice a day. Here are 75 of the most quotable vines:

1. "Ooooooo, he needs some milk."

2. "Hi, welcome to Chili's."

3. "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

4. "Country boy, I love you ahhhwweelhwh..."

5. "Escalera oooooooaaaa!"

6. "F**k ya chicken strips!"

7. "Barbecue sauce on my titties."

8. "Gimme your F**KING money!"

9. "That was legitness."

10. "Ms. Keisha, MS. KEISHA! Oh my f**king God, she f**king dead."

11. "Fre-sha-vocado."

12. "Staaaahp! I coulda dropped my croissant!"

13. "That's my OPINION."

14. "You're not my dad, ugly ass f**king noodle head."

15. "What the f**k, Richard."

16. "This bitch empty, YEET!"

17. "Road work ahead? Yeah, I sure hope it does."

18. "What up, I'm Jared I'm 19, and I never f**king learned how to read."

19. "Um, I'm never been to oovoo javer."

20. "My God, they were roommates."

21. "Why are you running, why are you running?"

22. "Whoever threw that paper, your mom's a hoe."

23. "I can't swim."

24. "Lebron James."

25. "It's an avocado, thanksssss..."

26. "Mother trucker dude, that hurt like a butt cheek on a stick."

27. "Watch your profanity."

28. "I love you bitch, I ain't never gonna stop loving you, biiiiiitch."

29. "What are thoooooose?"

30. "I smell like beef."

31. "You better stop."

32. "What the F**K IS UP KYLE?"

33. "Come get y'all juice."

34. "Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, 5 feet apart cause they're not gay."

35. "So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?"

36. "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

37. "Why you always lying?"

38. "Nice Ron" "I sneezed, oh, what, am I not allowed to sneeze?"

39. "I'm washing me and my clothes."

40. "Honey, you've got a big storm coming."

41. "XOXO, gossip girl."

42. "Shoutout to all the pear."

43. "A potato flew around my room before you came."

44. "Chipotle is my life."

45. "Look at all those chickens!"

46. "YOU BETTER STOP."

47. "I like turtles."

48. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life, watermelon, INSIDE A WATERMELON."

49. "Deez nuts, HA GOT EM?"

50. "F**k you, I don't want no ravioli."

51. "21."

52. "I'm in my mum's car, broom broom."

53. "Iridocyclitis."

54. "You know what, I'm about to say it."

55. "That is NOT correct."

56. "Uh, I'm not finished" "Oh my God, can you let me do what I need to do?"

57. "I have osteoporosis."

58. "ADAM."

59. "Merry Chrysler."

60. "Wait a minute, who ARE you?"

61. "Try me, bitch."

62. "When will you learn, THAT YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES?"

63. "I didn't get no sleep cause of y'all, y'all not gone get no sleep cause of me!"

64. "Do you want to go see Uncle Cracker or no?"

65. "So no head?"

66. "You got eczema."

67. "I am shooketh."

68. "Hey my name is Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow."

69. "Can I PLEASE get a waffle?"

70. "There is only one thing worse than a rapist." "A child."

71. "Ah f**k, I can't believe you've done this."

72. "Bitch, I hope the f**k you do."

73. "Two shots of vodka."

74. "F**k off Janet, I'm not going to your f**king baby shower."

75. "JEEEEEZ, Jesus Christ."

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It's Time To Delete Cyberbullying

Let's use the internet the right way.

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It's 2019 and we all know how big of an impact the internet and social media has in today's world. These days, young kids are given some kind of smartphone or smart device. I've seen 5-year-olds out here with iPads or tablets.

Technology and social media are great things, but only when they're used properly. the keyword being PROPERLY. When it's given to someone with poor intentions, things can go south very quickly. This is where cyberbullying comes in.

At some point in our lives, most of us have been cyberbullied in some shape or form. Unfortunately, it's so easy to be cyberbullied these days because everyone has access to the internet and the ability to hide behind their computer screen. It can also go completely unnoticed.

Being a victim of cyberbullying, I know what it's like to see things about you that aren't true, but there's just nothing you can do about it.

Cyberbullying is one of those things that sticks with you for a long time and always kind of sits in the back of your mind. One of the worst things about it is that there are so many ways for people to do it from literally anywhere in the world. Honestly, I think this is why people seem to be so drawn to it because it is so much easier to get away with it. They're posting from their own account so there's no way to get them to stop or take down whatever they're posting.

There have been some legal changes over the years to help prevent it from happening, but it definitely hasn't stopped people from doing it.

The part that I don't understand is why people even do it. What do you get from hiding behind a social media account, harassing someone else? Does it make you feel better to tear down other people? I just truly don't understand why people intentionally hurt other people.

If I'm being honest, cyberbullying is just something that cowards participate in.

Nothing about sitting behind a screen tormenting someone for no reason shows any ounce of strength or courage. Posting stupid and unnecessary things online about someone else is just rude, uncalled for, and only make YOU look ridiculous.

The end results of cyberbullying are very bleak. For some of us, our hearts just hurt for a little whole, and it can just negatively affect you for a while. Sadly, for others, it's the last thing they'll ever think.

The bullies don't think about these kinds of things when they're terrorizing other people online. They don't think about the consequences. They don't think about the weight some people will carry because they were cyberbullied. They don't think about the horrible things people might do to themselves to deal with that pain.

As a society, everyone is consumed with themselves 9 times out of 10 so everyone only thinks about themselves and what will benefit them. No one thinks about all of the consequences of their actions.

It really all comes down to a personal decision. A decision to stoop low enough to hurt someone from behind a screen or be the bigger person and stop spreading rumors.

Bullying in ANY form is unnecessary and will NEVER be okay. It is time that we do something about it and become better, stronger people.

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