Facebook Is Brainwashing You, And It's Time To Pay Attention

Facebook Is Brainwashing You, And It's Time To Pay Attention

How we've become "information sheep" without even knowing it.
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We've all experienced the bewitching allure of Facebook. For many people, it's the first social media outlet they check in the morning and the last one they check in with at night. We use it as an entertaining distraction, a way to search for people and to amp us up during times of social and political chaos. And guess what? The people behind Facebook, the ones monitoring all this activity, know exactly how to keep us hooked.

You don't need to be a detective to notice how Facebook controls its users. Just like any other internet search engine, Facebook uses the different things we search to figure out what kind of person we are and present us with media accordingly. This is a big part of what attracts us to the website: every time we log on we are shown a mix of what we love and what we hate. The jumble of information fuels our fire and forces us to keep scrolling. Facebook wants us to keep searching for more content so that the website can get as many views as possible.

Essentially, it's all a positive feedback loop. We get on Facebook, watch videos, like pictures, search for people, join groups, etc. Then, the magical Facebook algorithm memorizes these actions, and the next time we log on, more content similar to what we viewed before pops up again. Facebook turns into a best friend; it encourages the stuff we like but also gives us opinions on what we should like. Without our actions, Facebook would not have the information sufficient enough to provide us with an addicting experience.

We already know that there are people behind this phenomena. Experts in computer engineering, graphic design, coding, and so on specialize in managing our addiction to social media sites, like Facebook, every day. In a world where the internet is everything, being able to control the attention span of social media users becomes essential. We fuel the fire of sites like Facebook because we always come back to it, no matter how much it controls us.

Like it or not, if you use Facebook regularly, you are further embedding yourself into the Matrix of the internet. And whenever you watch endless videos, without further researching any of the content within them, you encourage the brainwashing that social media is implementing. Do not simply sit by and let yourself absorb any and all information that is presented to you. You are not Spongebob! Instead, use what shows up on your news feed for the better; research, and form an opinion. We don't have to be robots.

Yet, at least.

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5 Things That I Need My Differently Abled Friends To Know

Being your friend has truly been a privilege.
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I have been lucky enough this semester to be placed as a Young Life leader for students with disabilities in the Mid Miami Valley. I have always had a huge love for students with disabilities. In high school I loved hanging out with them, I loved getting to know their big hearts, and I loved just being their friend. And now that I am a Young Life leader for these amazing people I am able to connect with them on a deeper level.

I now get to be their friend and get to walk with them on their journeys with Christ. It has been truly the highlight of my semester and probably freshman year of college!

So here are some things I want to say to my amazing friends with special needs,

1. You are not broken in any way.

You guys were made just the way you are by God and, yes, you may have a few more barriers or look different than most people our age, but that does not make you any less of a person.

2. You bring so much joy to the world.

You guys have so much to offer everybody and you have a way of being a light in so many situations thanks to your big hearts.

3. I am sorry if anybody has ever called you the "R" word.

The word "retarded" is toxic and demeaning and should be considered a cuss word. If anybody has ever used that word to describe you, I am deeply, deeply sorry. You are so much more than that.

4. You are SO loved.

There are so many people on this Earth that love and adore you guys, so never ever be discouraged if there are some people that just don't see how great you are. I love you and God loves you so much and more than anyone on this Earth ever could.

5. I see Christ in you more than anyone else.

You guys have a way of carrying yourselves that shows love to all people and you have a way of finding so much happiness in the little things.

I love my friends with disabilities so much and I am so proud to be their friend. They have more barriers to living a normal life than your average person, but it makes them stronger and they are not in any way less human than the rest of us. They inspire me every day and being their friend has truly been a privilege.

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How To Take Care Of Yourself When Sick At College

Mom can't always hold your hair back and make you soup.
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Being a freshman in college is difficult enough, but what they don't tell you about being a first year is that you will get sick many many times throughout the course of the year. it's the first time in your life you are sick and your mom is not there to bring you soup, check your temperature, take you to the doctor, etc. Its taken me some time, but I think I have finally figured out some tips and tricks to make yourself feel better when you're sick and on your own:

1. Daily Vitamins

Vitamin C chewables are so easy to get and don't taste like death like some vitamins do. I recommend taking 2 a day to prevent feeling like crap.

2. Chicken Soup

I have made soup in my dorm room before, so know that it is indeed, possible. Just make sure you get the canned type that's easy to open, because, I don't know about you, but I don't have a can opener lying around my room.

3. Getting rest, but still doing things

You should nap whenever you can. Sometimes a lack of sleep is what can get you sick in the first place. However, that doesn't mean you should stay cooped up in your bed all day every day. You should get up and do some activities every once in a while like making food for yourself, doing your laundry, organizing, just so you don't feel like a potato and make your sickness worse.

4. Tissues and cough drops everywhere

Tissue packets that you can put in your backpack are the key to going to class while sick. Also, always have a travel-sized hand sanitizer on you. Cough drops are also a really easy and efficient way to stop your throat from hurting if you don't have time to sit your butt down and drink tea or do that crazy throat spray.

5. Showers

Never underestimate the power of a good long shower. Sorry to my floormates, but the past 2 times I've been sick this year, I took showers and would stay in them forever. I don't know if this scientifically correct, but I always felt as though my nose cleared up so much after I showered.

6. Hydrating

You should do this anyway, but make sure you are drinking a lot of water throughout the day; it can help you feel better. It also helps, if you are trying to lose weight, to drink a gallon a day. You'll have to pee a lot but it clears up your skin and just overall makes you feel better.

7. Call home

Yeah, your mom can't do anything to help this time around, but she can make you feel better with her words and advice. Whoever it is at home who has helped you with the flu, colds, and sore throats in the past, it doesn't hurt to talk to them to get some advice and just feel comforted.

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