Out of Touch: A Poem

Out of Touch: A Poem

Can we unplug technology before it unplugs us?

It may be juxtaposing to write a poem about technology usage on a website, although this is one of the platforms which differs from the technology usage which affects many millennials. Growing up as a teenager with easy access to social media, it is notable that this access has shaped our lives in the past and will in the future.

Out of Touch

Times have changed and the times have changed us. Days are now wasted tapping on glass, clicking buttons and waiting for notifications. It's a habit, an addiction. It's the problem.

Is technology really as great as it seems? People say we are more connected because of it. But why do I feel so distant from the ones I love and care for?

Issues tear people apart. Arguments go unsolved. All because texting is easier than confrontation.

Now these aren't the only issues with technology. What about friends? Having friends or being well liked isn't about being genuine anymore. It's about likes, followers and retweets. But those are just numbers.

Those numbers somehow define everyone. We double tap to show approval, seek satisfaction from those we don’t know, And block people to protect ourselves.

Can we auto-correct these errors and go back to more simple days? Simplicity and purity of life is often overlooked.

Like a disease, technology infiltrates our bodies. Mutating us until we're sick. Pushing us further from the natural beauty of life.

Life is about making new memories, And no, not Snapchat memories.

Can we unplug technology before it unplugs us?

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Instagram Shocks Us With A New Update

Get outside and enjoy real, unfiltered beauty.


As if we were not already aware of our social media screening habits, Instagram has now released an update that is designed to let you know when you have been using the app in excess. Day in and day out, we have become accustomed to logging into our various social media platforms, and often times we sign off feeling significantly worse.

Whether you are seeing a number of girls with seemingly perfect lives and bodies on the beach while you are sitting in bed on your fifth Hulu binge episode or watching your friends travel the world while you spend every day working, it affects everyone.

We can sugar coat it with a little bit of humor every now and then, and underestimate the effects this generation is having on us.

However, when it comes down to it, this update has great intentions. Instagram will now provide you with a user dashboard that lets you know exactly how much time you have been spending on the app per week or day by day. You are also provided with a daily reminder if you so desire.

You are now able to set limits for yourself, and once you have reached your maximum self-set time allotted, Instagram will send you an alert. Genius, right? If only we could actually disable our accounts. Unfortunately, you can bypass the daily limit as much as you wish; you are only cheating yourself in that situation.

I, personally, plan to set a limit for myself considering most of the time I log onto my various accounts on a good day, and I end up logging off feeling exhausted by my efforts to keep up with everything and everyone around me. Nowadays, with just a few clicks you are able to tell who is talking to who, what your ex has been up to (whether you want to know or not), and what everyone you know (and even some that you don't) are doing with their lives. It is a damaging competition amongst users to see who is "living their best life." Cheesy, but it is the truth.

I liked Instagram better in sixth grade when we were all putting up selfies on the way to school in the backseat of our moms' cars. But hey, time doesn't slow down and clearly neither do we.

There are other additional features, such as a feature that enables a mute on push notifications. You are able to turn them off on a set schedule picked by you. Overall, the idea behind this app is to decrease the amount of time spent refreshing on these apps when we could be out doing something productive.

Whether you decide to take advantage of this update or not, it is refreshing to know that others are becoming aware of what social media is doing to us all. I can only imagine the good it would do to use these new features; maybe get outside and enjoy some beauty outside of a countless array of Instagram filters.

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