Has Today's Generation Become More Self-Centered Than Ever Before?

Has Today's Generation Become More Self-Centered Than Ever Before?

Sometimes we need to take a step back from ourselves to realize that we are not the center of the universe
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Has today’s generation become more self-centered than ever before?

I am a millennial, and as a millennial, there have been accusations made that this generation has become the self-centered generation. I do think that there is some fact to this strong accusation. I think that people, especially millennials, are too wrapped up in themselves to see that their problems are not as humongous as they appear and that there are other people that matter besides themselves. As cell phones entered our lives and seem to be a necessity in our everyday life, taking photos of ourselves and putting ourselves on various social media platforms has become the social norm. We use social media to present ourselves in a way we want those around us to envision us, but the way we present ourselves is a complete facade. The photos that we post on these sites have been photo-shopped to death and they are posed. These photos did not show how we really are. Nowadays, a person can be denied a friend request based on how presentable he or she looks in a photo.

It seems as if you do not have a connection with social media, you can be considered an outcast. Facebook, etc., you name it, may, in fact, be the cause of self-centeredness. Do we really need to be taking a selfie of what we are eating or what we wearing every day? Why do I care if you got your hair done or went out for a stroll in your neighborhood? Facebook, the heir to the throne of social media, is if you take a moment to think about is making us antisocial. The people on Facebook are not your friends. I bet half the people that we talk to on Facebook are the people we talk to on a day to day basis. Millennials, well let’s not put all the blame on millennials; but let’s face it we were the ones that created the infamous selfie and are the ones that use social media religiously.

YouTube is definitely a site where people post videos to promote themselves and how great they think their lives are. I think YouTube should be specifically for music, movies, and TV shows, not self-promotion. You tubers, a person who creates videos of random topics or promotes a product or themselves, are sometimes famous for doing absolutely nothing and they have tons of viewers and are able to earn an income making videos. Many You tubers post videos about their daily lives, which is called vlogging. These people think that the moment they rise out of bed and hit the hay, their lives are broadcast worthy and everyone cares about every aspect of their day to day lives. Also, by posting yourself on YouTube, there is this desire to look flawless. This need to reach this epitome of perfection within your physical appearance leads to vanity. In almost every vlog I’ve witnessed, a person is always advertising a product that enhances physical appearances. Most of the time while they’re filming this vlog, they are too preoccupied at staring at their own reflections through their camera lens. The only reason why people post videos is to somehow become famous and gain several admirers that want to listen to them go on and on about their day and how amazing they think their lives are.

So here are a couple of questions I want to ask yourself honestly and truthfully.

1.Have you ever used FaceTime on an iPhone and noticed that instead of being intrigued to what the person you are talking to is actually saying you are mostly taking quick glances of yourself to see what the other person is seeing when he or she is having a conversation with you?

2. Are we as millennials truly self-indulgent and would rather put all our efforts in only helping ourselves? Don’t we all want to connect with people and not have technology block out our overall surroundings?

3. If we go far back enough, do you think that we can find the cause of our selfishness? I think that there is a notion that if we concentrate on ourselves rather than others, we are more productive versions of ourselves and reach the achievements that we structurally laid out. Is there a happy medium where we can not only help ourselves but help others?

The reason why we were put on this planet is so that we can interact with others and touch someone else's life. I think that social media is inhibiting our function to communicate with others. We have the power to limit the accessibility to social media, and by eliminating social media, we can notice the people in our lives that we may take for granted, such as neighbors, acquaintances, or a person that does an act of kindness for you once in a great while.

Even the people that we don’t personally know are important, and sometimes we need to take a step back from ourselves to realize that we are not the center of the universe. Our thoughts and opinions do matter, don’t get me wrong; but we should not only care about our own opinions, we should care about the thoughts of others and take the time to process what other people say to us.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Quality Testing 5 Different Dollar Store Makeup Products

Do you really get what you pay for, or is the bargain actually a great deal?

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The dollar Tree boasts the slogan, 'Everything's 1 Dollar!" a price that beats many, if not most, other stores price-wise. I've found, through some of my many expeditions in this store, that there are a lot of hit-or-miss items there. I decided to experiment with the makeup, and see if it is worth it. I put the items that I tested down below, with a detailed description of my opinions. Some of them are really good, while others...are not. It's worth it, to splurge for quality on these items.

L.A. Colors Eye Shadow Palette

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This is hands down, my favorite makeup product from the dollar store. The palette I chose, 'Nude' has a lot of different colors that I really like, and that are easy to blend and merge so you can get a look like the image above. It's actually my favorite eyeshadow that I've ever owned, and it looks so good on. I love the palette because the colors are very easy to control the application of. It doesn't go on too thin, and if you add too much, simply brush it down a , it blends in. Applying the eyeshadow is easy and simple, too. It glides on nicely and doesn't clump. The one issue I have is that it smudges a little after a while. It's good for daily routines, just make sure you're glancing at your mirror every 2 hours or so, to catch it before it smudges, and blend around the edge with a finger or brush.

Colormates Mascara

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This mascara is not bad as a starter, or for practice...or for a dollar. But if you want it to look professional, I wouldn't recommend it. The mascara isn't a bad color and isn't a bad consistency. The problem is that it clumps a lot, and makes eyelashes look thinner than before. It's definitely not the worst product, but I wouldn't say it was the best either.

L.A.Colors Brow Powder

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I'll admit, I'm not the best judge of this product. I don't do anything to my eyebrows, and I'm not sure how to do anything to my eyebrows. HOWEVER, I can say that this product was not my favorite. The quality was good, as it didn't wash out easily, and stayed on for a long time. What I didn't like about the product was the fact that the two colors given looked fake. They didn't look like real colors. They also went on too thin to look natural, and too thick to look feminine. When I applied it, I Still like a guy. My eyebrows were thick, and looked painted on, even though my normal eyebrows aren't like that at all.

L.A.Colors Liquid Eyeliner

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Liquid eyeliner is not my friend. I have a couple of different brands, and I still can't seem to get a straight line. That being said, I wouldn't recommend this product. My biggest issue is that it's too liquid-y. It doesn't drip, but the stick catches a lot, and then it pours off the brush into bumpy lines. I also don't love this product because the stick is uncomfortable, and has little control.

L.A.Colors Pencil Eyeliner

Finally, at the bottom, a product that I do not recommend at all. This one is much easier to use than the liquid liner, but I still don't love it. The pencil's product does not come off easily, so I end up pushing much harder than I would like to and feel safe doing. The pencil also, when wet, doesn't let any of the eyeliner out. You have to let it air dry before it will work again, which is really annoying when working the inner eyelid. The pencil is my least favorite product because it feels unsafe to use, is annoying, and never seems to work well.

As you can see, bargain hunting is no picnic. There are some obvious fails, but other products are pretty good. I'd use most of these again, but the bottom two, the eyeliners, I would say go to a higher-end store and get the quality that they would sell. Still, this was a fun experiment and pleasantly surprised me with the quality of the products. Follow the link here next week, and I'll show 5 products that I would NEVER recommend you purchase.

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