Giving Up Social Media

Giving Up Social Media

Walking away from social media and my cell phone has been a positive change, and others should give it a try too

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Present day is a socially unprecedented time. It seems as though everywhere you go, you are surrounded by cell phones, computers, tablets, etc. My generation is truly the first to have grown up with technology integrated to such a degree in daily life.

At this point, it almost seems as though people cannot exist independent of their devices. What if someone needs to get a hold of me? What if I get lost? What if I NEED my phone? There seems to be a sort of anxiety people have about not being connected at all times. These are the first questions people bring up when you ask why they need their phones, but I have found that you truly don't need to take your phone everywhere at all.

Anything that happens on your phone or laptop will be there when you look at it next. If someone called, call them back. If you get lost when you're out, figure it out using other means. It is so ingrained in our generation that we must have our phone with us at all times or we will miss something. Something will go wrong. Things will be out of sorts. If you take a step back and think about this, people's inability to live without their cell phones, it is a very odd an unnatural thing.

At the root of this cellphone addiction, are apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. We take these apps, make friends and create a virtual social circle. Followers or friends, its a pool of people whose content we observe, and who we share our content with.

Pictures, videos, statuses, moods, messages… it seems that we know what is going on with these people at all times. 24 hours 7 days a week, we have the ability to get a pretty good idea of what everyone is up to based on their social media accounts. Such a tool is great at keeping people connected and getting information out but often comes at the cost of addiction. It has been found that when you use these apps, and your phone at all, it causes a release of dopamine, which makes us feel good. We then in turn, keep seeking out that dopamine. This creates a constant desire to be on our phones and see what is going on. This creates FOMO (Fear of missing out) whether we like it or not.

We saw something cool and now want to be somewhere other than where we are. All of a sudden what we were doing doesn't look as fun or as cool as what someone else is doing. Think about this though. If what someone else is doing was really that much fun, they would not be on their phone sharing it, they would be reveling in it and enjoying it for themselves. But it is not that easy.

After I deleted my social media accounts, I began to take notice of how many people are on their phones or using their phones in some way. It was eye-opening.

The overwhelming majority of people, especially people my own age seemed to be tied to their phones. This constant use of cell phones has created an odd social dynamic that has not been seen before in the long term.

After taking a step back and observing, I realize that it is truly sad in a sense when you are spending time with people and they are on their phone, worried about anything except where they actually are. People don't interact the way they used to, and in my opinion, the old school way of being present where you actually are is much better than being tied to your phone.

When I had Snapchat and Instagram and Twitter, even when I was hanging out with friends, I would find myself clicking the icon just to see if I had missed anything in the past 30 seconds. What is everyone else doing? "Wow! That looks like a good time. They must be having a ton of fun, I kind of wish I was there".

Then I thought to myself, put your phone down for a half hour maybe and try to make your own fun.

I realized that this ongoing concern with what everyone else was doing had led me to be unhappy with what I was doing.

It created the idea that what I was doing was not good enough and what someone else was doing was way better. I started to try and focus on enjoying what I was doing and appreciating where I was, when I was there. Soon enough, I began to realize that I didn't need to know what other people were doing and I was happier not knowing.

I started to realize that if you surround yourself with good people and put your phone away, it is usually a good time. Go for a drive, go for a walk, play a game, grab some food. Whatever it may be, I think if more people followed my lead, it would be for the better. If as a generation, we begin to walk away from our cell phones and focus on the people who are physically around us, we will quickly notice that we have talented, funny, goofy, kind, creative people all around us. And maybe as a positive externality of that, people will start to be content with where they are, the friends that they have, lose the FOMO, sleep better and be more productive. It is a long shot because of how addictive cell phones are, and I don't see people shying away from their phones any time soon, but that doesn't mean it is not possible.

I am hopeful that in the not so distant future, people will realize that it may be a beneficial decision to get rid of social media and begin enjoying life in the real world, the way life was meant to be enjoyed.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Political Satire And The Confusion Of Social Media

    Twitter's role in advertising during the political strife.

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    Twitter has created an online community designed for users to express and engage in quick thoughts and exchanges. Over the last few years, it has evolved as a discursive site for people to debate and analyze. This has made it a perfect target for interactive ads of all political nature.

    As political strife heightens in the United States, especially surrounding topics including women's rights and abortion laws, there has been a divide in the app's community.

    As a result, users have debated over the social platform's role in censorship and suppression of misinformation.

    While surfing the internet I stumbled upon an article published this April from Live Action, an organization set on eradicating abortion. (www.liveaction.org/news/twitter-live-action-ads-self-abortion-fda/)

    The article headline outlines that "Twitter still won't run Live Action ads, but allows ads pushing self - abortions against FDA rules."

    They state that Planned Parenthood can express why it thinks women need Planned Parenthood but cannot express why women don't. An alleged response from Twitter is shown, which says that the LiveAction's content violated a sensitive content policy in their advertisement transparency page which prohibits "inflammatory or provocative content which is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction," (LiveAction 2019). LiveAction's advertisements often consist of pictures of child development during pregnancy as well as ultrasound photos which Twitter deems as a violation of their policy.

    Has Twitter silenced advertising from LiveAction due to abuse of the sensitivity policy or a hidden reason: company bias exercised through suppression of opposing content?

    Well firstly, in a 2018 Forbes article discussing accusations of right-wing suppression on Facebook, Professor Ari Waldman correctly states that "Private entities cannot censor. We don't have a First Amendment right to Facebook's amplification of our words." The same message applies to Twitter. Although the government can censor, private entities cannot. This also relates to the freakish progression of individualized advertising. Algorithms collect user data and create a profile designed for personalized ads. Ads are trying to sell us something and presenting opposing content is certainly not going to achieve that goal.

    Secondly, social networking sites are growing in size and relevance, and in addition, they are undergoing processes of cultural legitimation that have transformed these sites and apps into credible news content media. With this new title, there is a newfound ethical responsibility to prevent the transmission of false information.

    With that being said, there is heavy critique behind LiveAction's articles and ads riddled with accusations of false information and selective video editing.

    Twitter is only upholding its moral obligation to convey factual information to the public by blocking those ads. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum's perspective it supports.

    So contrary to a popular belief, private companies cannot consciously censor advertisements. Should they be granted that power?

    No.

    Advertisements represent companies that differ in varying core values, motives, and objectives. Thus, those ads should be reflecting contrasting mindsets.

    Keeping this in mind, we should recognize that though we assume Twitter and other apps will direct us all ads like they would anyone else, with the advanced technological era we are living in today, apps are growing more focused and individualized. Different users get different ads.

    As long as right-wing or other suppressed media do their best to present honest facts without intent to harm users, Twitter can't and won't do anything to block those ads, it's just a matter of visibility in a platform rooted in individualization.

    In the midst of controversy surrounding what 'facts' or 'truths' should be catered to users, we should be focused on teaching consumer subjective perspective. Advertising is no longer as simple as in between broadcasts on one network. It's targeted and aggressive, working to appeal to our every interest.

    We, both marketers and consumers, have been quick to blame advertisement transparency on Twitter when in reality we should be reflecting on the perspectives behind suppression, i.e. the harmful intent and misinformation, as well as modern algorithms that have transformed the advertising world.

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