Has Facebook joined the social media graveyard?

Has Facebook joined the social media graveyard?

Do People Still Use Facebook Anymore?
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It's three p.m., and I'm mindlessly scrolling through the internet in another boring lesson of my geology class. First, I check my student email for anything school related. Second, I check for hot new hip hop music or laugh my butt off at world star hip hop videos. And third, I check out some sports news about my favorite teams. After that, I get on Snapchat or scroll through Instagram looking for funny videos or memes.

Wait did I forget something? I have a pencil, I did homework for my other classes and checked all my social media. What did I miss? Oh, I forgot to check my Facebook for today. I log on to look at my notifications, which are just birthdays and old messages. Lastly, I look at the pictures and videos my friends tagged me in. I'm done with Facebook for today.

Two or three years ago it would have been shocking if I did that, but lately I just notice Facebook is dead. Nobody uses it anymore, and if they do, they either post rants about irrelevant issues or post pics and funny videos. The only people I see using Facebook on a regular basis are people in their late 30's and older. The only reason for that is because they're playing Facebook games like Candy Crush or Farmville. My auntie is 30, and she's on level 551 in Candy Crush. I didn't even know there was a level past 25 (Yeah, I know I suck). Another reason is because my grandma has a Facebook account. Yeah, I was ready to leave the social media world too when I found that out.

It's really sad that it's like that nowadays, but it's the truth. According to studies from Buzzfeed, teenagers from ages 11 to 19, expressed waning enthusiasm for Facebook. They expressed they disliked the increasing number of adults on the site, get annoyed when their Facebook friends share inane details and are drained by the “drama” that they described frequents the site.

It honestly feels like people use Facebook to show off what they got and what they're doing. It's either that or one of your friends shares a Jerry Springer scenario about their life. Newsflash, most people don't really care; they give you a like and go on with their day. Facebook used to be easy to navigate and manage, but now it's more difficult than calculus. You had your status updates, photos, links and likes. Now there are marketplaces, logout ads, Facebook places, SocialCam integration, timelines, highlighted posts, Pins and numerous other third party integration. And it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. There’s a new feature being introduced every few weeks.

Because of this, a lot of my friends have been wondering how or where I am. I don’t always reply, but they can be assured I am very much alive and all the more eager to listen—just not through Facebook. I swear if someone sends me another game invite, I'm buying a one-way ticket to Mars.


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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Yes, I'm A Feminist, No I Don't Hate All Men

Because if we want to promote equality, why fight that with mass hating a particular gender?

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I'd like to consider myself a feminist.

I am all for equal opportunity, equal pay, and equal rights. I believe that women should be granted the equal opportunities that males do, be free of harassment, not be scared to exist literally just because of their gender, have reproductive rights, be taken seriously when we think something is medically wrong with us, and be treated with the same respect and dignity as men do. Just because I believe all these things, however, doesn't mean I automatically hate men.

I've seen a big increase in trends that, just for men existing, people will post about how "men ain't shit," or how men ultimately suck just because of their gender. When reflecting upon this, however, I've come to realize isn't this a step in the wrong direction?

Obviously, I can't continue on until I say this: there is, in fact, times where men can really suck. White men in positions of power abusing that, men who are rapists, men who meddle in women's reproductive rights, abusers, men who think it's okay and even funny to harass others, etc. But it all comes down to this: just because you're a man doesn't mean I automatically hate you, and I don't think others should.

Sure, as mentioned above, there are garbage humans who abuse their positions of power as men in order to get what they want. THOSE are the people I hate, not others for existing just because they are men. When in reality, there are a lot of good men who recognize their positions of power and try and make up for it by advocating for those in need of advocacy, whether they are women or even minorities. There are men who are decent human beings, whether that is being nice to others, volunteering in their community, caring for those around them, or even men who are also feminists.

I think my argument has been made pretty clear: I do not and will not hate you just because you are a man. No one gets to choose whichever gender they are, so why should I hate a group of people for just being born male? If I want to promote equality as a feminist, why should I then believe that I am better because I am female? Why should I say I believe in equal treatment between genders, yet automatically hate you because you're a man?

So yes, some men truly, "ain't shit." I believe these men, however, are not good human beings. Men aren't terrible just because they are men, and I ultimately wish that those promoting total equality would realize that we cannot strive towards equal treatment, opportunities, and pay if we continue clumping one group together under the impression of, "they're men, they're terrible."

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