A Love Letter To The BuzzFeed Try Guys

A Love Letter To The BuzzFeed Try Guys

Sorry Dad, I have 4 husbands now.

Dear Try Guys,

Just to preface, I don't love many things. But you four, have stolen my heart and multiple hours of my life when I should have been studying. Every video you make is cinematic GOLD. To say that you are the core four, would be an understatement.

Each of you has a special place in my heart.

Ned.... the love you have for your wife is inspirational. You have made me determined to never find a partner that will love me any less than you love Ariel. Also, you got one hell of a competitive spirit and I am so excited to see your child plow some other kids in soccer.

Keith... Alright, you have to know one thing, you're the funniest Try Guy. Even though that you lose almost every competition, you win in my heart. I cried when you got married not only because your vows were EMOTIONAL as hell but also because there is one less available amazing guy.

Zach... I thought that we had a connection. I thought we were gonna get married. But then, you did the unthinkable. You didn't respond to my tweet. It's over.

And finally, Eugene... You are more beautiful than a beautiful flower. I love you, but you got to start letting some of the other guys win a competition (especially Ned, you know he needs it).

Anyway, please keep doing y'all. Keep the videos and the laughs coming. And if you ever need a fifth member of the Try Guys, I am free on most weekends.

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Ten Amazing Songs You Haven't Heard Yet

A look into my Spotify playlist:

1. Dare You to Run by Ariela Jacobs:

This is more of an acoustic piano song. It’s haunting in its tune yet extremely calming. This is a perfect song to falling asleep to.

“Sleep still haunts me now…I don’t know why, I dared you to run.”

2. Guy.exe. by Superfruit:

This song is good for people who are feeling lonely. It has a great beat but it’s also slow. This is definitely a jam for all the single ladies out there!

Where all the boys at with emotional stability?
Nice car, a CEO, and almost just as smart as me”

3. Habits of My Heart by Jaymes Young:

This is a song about an abusive relationship. It talks about the cognitive dissonance that the man experiences. This is a twist on the usual sob story of a damsel in distress calling for help. Instead, the man is struggling to help himself in a war between what’s good for him and his sexual needs.

“'Cause I'd rather be alone
But you're fermented in my bones”

4. Devil Like Me by Rainbow Kitten Surprise:

Not only is the band's name really cool, but they also have a great message.

"Is the devil so bad if he cries in his sleep, while the earth turns
And his kids learned to say, f*** you, they don't love you.
Does the devil get scared if she dies in her dreams, where the earth burns?

5. For Keeps by Lily Kershaw:

This is a really calming song; another good one for going to bed. The notes are hit perfectly and the song talks about being in a relationship that can never last. There are some really great metaphors in this song; there's something for everyone.

“I know you’re not for keeps
Just like pebbles on the beach
And this love is not for free
But they’re banking on you and me”

6. Timmy’s Got a Gun by 1AMVRKA:

This is a rap song with a good message. What are we doing to our children that make them want to kill others? How are kids growing up so fast that they have a gun in their hand; a life in their arms before they can vote?

"I bet they blame Eminem
But where are the -----,
where are the teachers the preachers where the f*** are their parents at?”

7. Cringe by Stripped:

This is a story about how love can turn into hate. It’s a very real song about how the little things can destroy a relationship.

“oh I make you cringe now
don't I make you cringe?”

8. AMBiVALENT by Sam Lachow:

This is a super fun song with a few old songs mashed into it. For example, all Missy Elliot lovers can rejoice that there is a stanza just for her. This song is a fun jam to laugh at.

“I’m not perfect,
I once freed seven monkey’s from the circus!”

9. Jack Daniels by Mike Stud:

This song touches on how fame can lead to addiction; how being famous isn’t about being perfect. It talks about how hard it is to be in the limelight as a role model and also a struggling addict.

For the money and the fame and the antics
For the pain they don't really see the damage
Just me and my boy Jack Daniels”

10. Helicopters by Stop Light Observations:

This song makes good use of wind instruments. It talks about staying in the moment and living life for the good times. It’s about a man who feels great but also has downs in his life. He’s struggling to find a way to balance his emotions.

“If time was my lady, Then right now I would stop her And hover over this here moment Like a helicopter.”

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Why Twitter is Unlike Any Other Social Media Platform

Humor and Connecting With Others

There are two main types of ways that people try to connect with each other: one is sympathy and being able to connect on an emotional level by having similar experiences, the other way is humor.

Everyone wants to laugh; there are comedy shows, newspaper comics, and memes. Memes are something that has happened very recently to digital media because you can find humorous posts on almost any social media platform.

Today I was trying to convince my friend to get a Twitter account because I was tired of sending him screenshots of memes and posts I saw on Twitter. I then tried to explain what can be called “Twitter Humor.” Twitter humor is different than other humor on Instagram and Facebook. Each platform has a niche of humor it is geared toward and while the memes can be funny anywhere, Twitter is the most popular. I say this because at least half of the posts on other platforms are regurgitated screenshots that originated from Twitter. Twitter humor can be witty, clever, relatable and trendy.

When something becomes viral, Twitter will immediately adapt to it and the creativity is almost unmeasurable. Users share and retweet what they find funny and feel connected to the rest of the online community. Friends share with other friends and suddenly information is traveling so fast between people that it enforces the fact that digital media is instantaneous.

Twitter recently expanded their character count to 280 from its original 160. People immediately started taking advantage of this by creating tweets that were incredibly strung out or famous long speeches from movies or popular songs. Facebook and Instagram are virtually unlimited regarding their character count on posts. To combat this before the expanded character count, and even now, some Twitter users will create threads.

I have seen threads that are inclined to politics, personal stories, and news links. They can be so specific that one time I saw a thread that was 50 tweets long- all with tasty and cheaper options to the alcohol Hennessy and reasons why to buy them.

Maybe people don’t realize it, but Twitter shows creativity and diversity. Diversity will make you smarter. The amount of different things I see scrolling for only 20 minutes is unlimited. I learn different perspectives and new things every day. It could just be a funny joke or a reply but things I would never think of and now have access to. When trying to explain to my friend why Twitter humor is so relevant, it’s because it is an opportunity to expand perspective and connect to others.

Another thing I have noticed in the past year is the expansion of the age range of active users on Twitter. This is important because there is this stigma where only millenials are using social media aside from Facebook. And just to remind the readers, millenials are anyone ages 18-40 (ish). This is incredibly not true; my mom uses Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat frequently. I see older user on Twitter consistently becoming viral for sharing their opinions, humorous or not.

Humorous opinions, whether it be political, mental health or current event related, is a way that we try to inform others without being offensive. This sounds like a stretch but the public has a way easier time taking in information when it is not presented in a negative tone. I think people also forget that opinions are subject to change and that’s a GOOD thing.

I have personally read tweets that I found funny yet informative and my perspective changed. I hope this is the same for others because maybe the more we connect with one another, the more progressive we can be.

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