Stay Unconnected To Be Connected

Stay Unconnected To Be Connected

Leave the phone at home or log off to catch yourself a break, because we all need that from time to time.
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We all rely on connections to survive. When you hear that, what does that make you think of? Relying on people, places, or maybe social media. We all connect in some way, shape or form. Maybe it’s time to stop or find a new way to connect, with ourselves and people. Social media seems to be slowly taking over our lives and we don't even realize it.

It’s sad that nowadays people are constantly glued to their phones. I mean why wouldn’t you? Everything you could imagine is on it. If you have a question about something you don’t know, ask Siri. If you want to see where a certain person is, you can look on ‘Find my Friends’ or on Snapchat. If you want to see what a person is eating today, go on Facebook or Instagram. There is always something for everything. We constantly are checking up on everyone's daily life to see what they are doing and what they have been up to. I can’t say that I’m not guilty of doing this either. It’s almost like it’s an addiction. We have become more fascinated with other peoples lives instead of just living our own.

It’s hard to not compare yourself to people, social media makes it so much more difficult. I don’t know about you, but I always see these beautiful girls on Instagram, with tan skin, a perfect body, and always in an ‘artsy’ destination. We all want to be and look just like these girls, whether we say so or not. Looking to see that some people have over a thousand followers and get at least 600 likes on their pictures. All for what? You can’t honestly tell me that you know 600 people. Suddenly, you have became important to everyone else. If you didn’t get at least over 100 likes, you have to delete it because you worry that your life may not seem as interesting as the others. When realistically, you probably do know 100 people. Those are the people you talk to or they're your friends and family. People now find it impressive if you get a lot of likes on a picture. I remember once listening to someone contemplating on posting a picture because it may not get over a thousand likes, like how the last one did. I’ve also heard someone say they didn’t want to post their picture yet because it wasn’t a good "posting time," they needed to wait because apparently more people go on Instagram at a certain time. Who knew... And why does it matter? Why can’t people post what they want and when they want to? We shouldn’t be concerned on what people think or if we will look important to others. In high school and college you can see what this does to a person. You’re either popular or unpopular based on followers, likes, retweets, etc. Always wanting to be doing and looking like someone else.

Looking around the room, I guarantee you will see someone on their phone. Maybe they’re killing time, or checking their emails, or receiving a text. There is always a time and a place for everything, as they say. The next time you go out to dinner at a restaurant with someone, look around and see who is engaging with the person they came with or if they are just sitting on their phone. I don’t see a purpose in going out at all if all you’re doing is checking your phone. You’re engaging with everything and everyone else in the world, besides the person you came with. I miss when I was younger and didn’t own a phone yet. I remember at the time when I was the age of 12 begging to get a phone because everyone had one. Now I’m thankful that my parents made me wait. I see kids at the age of at least seven or eight years old with a phone. It’s not just any phone, its an iPhone. They will be having complete different experiences from what I had. From the age of six to 13 when I was with my friends prior to social media and phones, we would be always finding something to do. Weather it would be playing outside, having countless sleepovers, doing our makeup and hair for fun and so much more. Now when we hang out, most of the time we sit in silence if we have nothing to say and look on our phones. Talking about people and what we see on social media. There are no secrets anymore for anyone. Word travels fast in that way.

I think people would be happier without social media. I don’t know about you, but I wish it could all go away most days. Our lives would be completely different and we may never know what it would be like. We as people need to find a control. New ways to connect to people. Spending more time having new experiences with people and not feeling pressured to post something immediately on Instagram or Twitter or whatever it may be. Leave the phone at home or log off to catch yourself a break, because we all need that from time to time. There are so many simple solutions to social media and phones that we don’t even realize because we're too caught up in it all. We need to be more unconnected to be connected.

Now ask yourself, how much time do you spend on your phone?

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23 Ed Sheeran Lyrics For Your Next Instagram Caption

Ed Sheeran is about to make your Instagram as fiery as his hair.
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Summer — a time of less schoolwork and more Instagram posts. Between posting at the beach, at the mall, hot selfies, with your baes and with your boo, your mind is going to be reeling searching for cute and clever captions. Luckily, our fave British ginger singer always comes in clutch.

1. "This is not the way you realize what you wanted / It's a bit too much, too late, / If I'm honest." (Don't)

2. "And in the pocket of my jeans / Are only coins and broken dreams." (Bibia Be Ye Ye)

3. "So you can keep me / Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans / Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet / You won't ever be alone." (Photograph)

4. "And they say / She's in the Class A Team / Stuck in her daydream." (The A Team)

5. "Last night you were in my room / And now my bed sheets smell like you / Every day discovering something brand new / I'm in love with your body" (Shape of You)

6. "I could fall, or I could fly / Here in your aeroplane / And I could live, I could die / Hanging on the words you say." (Dive)

7. "I wish that love was a currency / And the whole world was wealthy." (Eraser)

8. "So honey now / Take me into your loving arms / Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." (Thinking Out Loud)

9. "I'm falling for your eyes, / But they don't know me yet." (Kiss Me)

10. "Before I save someone else, / I've got to save myself." (Save Myself)

11. "She’s like cold coffee in the morning, / I’m drunk off of last night’s whiskey and coke." (Cold Coffee)

12. "Oh, I'm a mess right now, inside out / Searching for a sweet surrender, / But this is not the end." (I'm A Mess)

13. "I'm out of sight, I'm out of mind." (Lego House)

14. "Just remember life is more than fitting in your jeans." (What Do I Know?)

15. "And the world may be filled with hate, / But keep erasing it now / Somehow." (Eraser)

16. "And I've not seen the roaring fields in so long, / I know I've grown / But I can't wait to go home." (Castle on the Hill)

17. "Kiss me like you wanna be loved / This feels like falling in love." (Kiss Me)

18. "And I don't get waves of missing you anymore / They're more like tsunami tides / In my eyes." (UNI)

19. "I've got sinnin' on my mind, / Sipping on red wine." (Bloodstream)

20. "My mind is a warrior, / My heart is a foreigner." (Grade 8)

21. "I never worried about the king and crown, / 'Cause I found my heart upon the southern ground." (Nancy Mulligan)

22. "It's just another night / And I'm staring at the moon / I saw a shooting star / And thought of you." (All of the Stars)

23. "Ooh I'm a mess right now / Inside out / Searching for a sweet surrender / But this is not the end." (I'm a Mess)

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What Your Laptop Stickers Say About Your Personality

We all know that the saddest day is when you notice your laptop doesn't have room for more stickers.

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While walking around a college campus, you see a lot of things. One thing that stands out about college students is that they all seem to stroll around sporting laptops that have a variety of stickers on them. Based on your personality, the stickers on your laptop can say a lot about you. Here's a list of the type of person you are based on the type of stickers you put on your laptop.

1. Organized stickers

If you are someone who has their laptop stickers arranged perfectly even and lined up, it probably means that you are an organized person in your life as well. You like to keep your work area, car and bedroom super clean, and you're probably one of those people who writes things on their to-do list just so they can cross them off. When you're in class, you have the nicest handwritten notes, and are likely to color code all of your assignments in highlighters. You are the person we all aspire to be.

2. Unorganized stickers

If you are anything like me, you probably didn't put any thought into where your stickers went on your computer. You probably scanned the surface for a few seconds, shrugged and thought to yourself, "Eh, I'll just plop it right here" without a second thought. Your stickers are most likely overlapping and somehow, your laptop actually looks good. You're probably a creative person with a lot of ideas that you just can't keep track of because your mind goes a mile a minute. Even though most people think you're messy and all over the place, you always seem to get things done when they need to be done. So what? A little bit of organized chaos never hurt anyone.

3. TV show stickers

After watching "The Office" for the fourteenth time on Netflix, you finally decide to get a sticker to commemorate all of the good times you've had watching your favorite show. Besides being a dorky, funny, lighthearted person, you're also the person who gets sad every time they finish a series because they legitimately felt they were part of the show. Don't worry, we've all been there before.

4. Cheesy quote stickers

You know exactly the type of stickers I'm talking about - the ones that say things like "Good things take time" or "Look on the bright side" in that fancy calligraphy lettering that we all wish we could do. Even though they are indeed cheesy, these stickers are some of the cutest ones around and show that you have an optimistic spirit. People with cheesy quote stickers are the type of people I want to talk to in class and become fast friends with because they are the type of people who hype you up when you need that extra little nudge.

5. Dog stickers

You miss your favorite furry friend(s) from back home and you want everyone to know it. Every time you see dog stickers, you nearly shed a tear thinking about all of the good times you've had over the years with your own dog(s). It's likely that you have your dog(s) as your computer or phone background, and FaceTime your mom every day to see your furry friends (don't worry, we won't tell your mom that these phone calls aren't for her). You have crazy dog parent written all over you, which is honestly the best label to have.

6. Food stickers

If you have food stickers on your laptop, you're like me - always hungry. What better way to represent this than to have a sticker of pizza on your laptop for everyone to see? At any given moment you could eat a cow. You're also the type of person who has an extreme amount of confidence because you don't care what other people think about you. Oh, and you probably leave pizza grease all over your keyboard or cracker crumbs in the cracks of your computer. Saving it for later though, am I right?

7. Political stickers

You are a very opinionated person who knows what they want and is willing to stand up for what they believe in, despite what other people might think. You know that people see your stickers and judge you, but frankly, you don't care. You get into arguments on Twitter and Facebook over current events and you are fiercely loyal to your beliefs. Overall, you are an independent person who cares a tremendous amount about the people and things in your life.

8. Alcohol stickers

You like to party and want everyone to know it. These types of stickers are typically bottles of wine or ones that say things like "rosé all day." You're probably the most basic person ever, and you talk about how you can't wait for pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks and how you got so wasted at wine Wednesday last week right before your exam. If you see someone with a vodka or tequila sticker on their laptop, turn the other way. You really don't need to hear how they go from party to party on the weekends as if that's something unusual for a college student.

9. School stickers

You've got school spirit and you know you chose the right place to go to college. You attend your dream school and you are so proud to show everyone around that you bleed green (or red or blue or purple or whatever - it's all irrelevant if you don't go to Michigan State, the best school ever). You probably watch hype videos for football season and get chills, and sing yourself to sleep at night with the fight song. You live for Saturdays and tailgate season, and Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio are your idols.

10. Only a few stickers

You're simple and you probably just hopped on the laptop sticker trend. You didn't want to buy too many stickers for fear that they wouldn't look good together or there wouldn't be enough room, but you greatly underestimated the amount of space you have. You aren't addicted to stickers now, but soon enough you'll be on Red Bubble checking out your cart with 27 stickers trying to impossibly narrow it down to 3 because there just isn't enough room for all of them.

11. No stickers

You don't care enough to buy stickers. That's an extra however many dollars that you have to buy something you need, like books, a calculator or food. Only the necessities for you - no need to go above and beyond when it really doesn't matter to you. That's one less thing you need to worry about, and you are already busy enough without the extra added stress that comes naturally for most people. Being you is complicated, but you just might have it all figured out.

12. A little bit of everything

You're kind of basic, kind of dorky, kind of funny and kind of out there - but hey, that's okay. You're a wild person who can fit in with anyone you meet and you have the ability to bring a smile to the faces of many. Your quirky personality stands out and you're sort of a happy-go-lucky person. Being able to go with the flow is your greatest quality, and you talk a lot. And by a lot, I mean that in elementary school, your teacher probably always checked the box on your report card that said "Talks too much in class," and/or "Distracts others in class." There is nothing wrong with that; keep up the laid-back lifestyle.

All in all, laptop stickers are a really neat way to express yourself and show your peers what makes you, you. If you haven't hopped on the laptop sticker bandwagon yet, your time is surely coming.

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