'Pokémon Go': Promoting An Active And Social Lifestyle

'Pokémon Go': Promoting An Active And Social Lifestyle

In its own goofy and weird way.
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If you don’t know what "Pokémon Go" is, or have never heard of it, I really don’t know what to say. This app has been extremely popular in the past weeks since its release, and its popularity is only growing. More and more people are downloading it, and more and more "Pokémon Go" players are roaming our parks and streets every day.

Essentially, "Pokémon Go" is a modern and super technological version of the classic handheld game. It is mostly played on one’s phone or tablet and uses GPS technology. Depending on your location and proximity, you can catch Pokémon, hatch eggs, train and defeat Gyms. There are also realistic aspects of it — PokeStops, places that you spin and obtain little rewards, are real places in the world, which make the game a little more interesting.

If you live in a country or area where "Pokémon Go" is available for you, chances are you’ve passed by someone who is playing the game. A huge indicator are masses of conglomerated people bundled together at a certain area, or someone walking (or standing) while swiping at their phone. I see them everywhere. Trainers are everywhere. You can find a lot of them in parks and local PokeStops. Many are children, but what I find more baffling is that a mass majority of people playing are adults passed 16 years old. It’s like our childhood has finally come back and turned us into Pokémon-hungry younglings once more.

Although "Pokémon Go" has its own risks and dangers, if used properly and safely, it is its own social network and way of being active. Because it requires a lot of walking or movement to find Pokémon or hatch eggs (hatching eggs can require up to 10 km of steps if I remember correctly), people find themselves walking long distances. Many of my friends who play the game even bike around streets until they are tired and sore the next morning. It’s a strange way of staying in shape, but works wonders for society, who, these days, usually stay indoors and play "Pokémon" in one spot.

Not only does it promote activity and exercise, the game strangely opens up new friendships. If you are a player of this game, you know you can drop lure modules on PokeStops that lure wild Pokémon. This pink, confetti party thing is a huge flag for Pokémon trainers anywhere. If it’s a popular area and there are many people around, you surely will see a lot of people in that PokeStop. I was scrolling through the Twitter news/moments tab and looking through the abundance of pictures/videos that showcased the friendships made through the game.

The result of a single lure being put down.

It’s a great conversation starter, for sure. It makes it easier to talk to someone when you have an immediate point of commonality, and this game has endless numbers of conversation starters. I once went to the park with my two friends to catch some Pokémon, and as we walked around, I remember two teenage boys running past us, yelling at us saying, “Pikachu! Pikachu is over there!!!”. Soon enough, I had two Pikachu’s in my pocket and a lot of wasted Pokeballs (I really suck at throwing those things).

In its own goofy and weird way, Pokémon Go has entered the hearts of Pokémon fans and non-fans alike, and definitely is a game to look out for.

"Pika-pika!" — Pikachu

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A Letter To My Best Friend On Graduation Day

What are you suppose to say to your best friend on graduation day?
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Have you ever heard of a fairy tale? Where two people meet and then everything else seems to fall into place. Well here’s how this one started: two little girls in preschool, sitting in a little room, with other little people. The teacher comes over and starts to hand out frosted cookies and bunny coloring pages for us all. Somehow, somewhere in here, the two little girls became best friends.

Now, I don’t want to tell you some fairy tale story, because fairy tales aren’t really true, right? So here’s what I really want to tell you.

What do you say? I mean really, what are you supposed to say to someone whom you’ve known for almost 15 years? And this someone isn’t just anyone. This someone is your best friend. Someone you’ve gotten used to seeing every day during the week. Someone you looked forward to seeing every day. What do you say?

Well, I guess I can start off by saying thank you. Thank you for being there when I needed someone to just listen. It doesn’t matter where we are in this world or in our lives, I know you will always be there to listen. As I will always be the same for you. Thank you for always being my best supporter. Thank you for not judging me for my sometimes poor decision-making skills. Thank you for late-night conversations. Thank you for remembering every inside joke we have ever created. And I mean every joke! Even if I don’t always remember them. Thank you for being brutally honest with me when I am being ridiculous.

Thank you for respecting my values and opinions, even if you disagree. Thank you for loving my family like you love your own. Thank you for fighting all of life’s battles by my side. Thank you for celebrating all of the exciting moments of my life with me and the many more to come. Thank you for forgiving me every time I might not have been the best friend in the entire world. Thank you for all you’ve taught me, even if you didn’t realize it at times. Thank you for always sharing your crazy stories with me. Thank you for being there through all of the significant others that I have mistakenly chosen. Thank you for listening to my long stories as though you haven’t already heard them a million times. Thank you for being strong when I was weak. Thank you for sharing your secrets with me, and for keeping mine. Thank you for sharing the past fourteen and a half years of your life with me. Thank you.

I honestly cannot believe that high school is over and soon we will both be going our separate ways in life. It’s hard to fathom that we won’t live a few houses down from each other anymore. Only on weekends when we are home from college. It’s going to be tough, but it’s OK. Because I know that no matter where we go in life, whether it’s a quarter mile away from each other or halfway across the world, you’ll always be my best friend. I’ll never come across someone who will be able to take your spot as my best friend. We’ve just got to remember that even though we change and we are both finding our own places in this world, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we’re not still best friends. Later on in life I know I’m going to be able to look back and remember that you were the one who lifted my head when I was losing faith in myself. I know I’m going to remember how you were that one person who knew who I really was. Most importantly, I know I’m going to remember that you were that one person who made the biggest difference in my life.

There really aren't enough words to even begin to describe how much you mean to me. We have the highest expectations for each other and I know that you will be successful in anything you choose to do. Writing this to you is hard, because honestly, I’m scared to admit how truly sad I am to know this will be the end of school with you. There are so many things that I will miss about you next year, from how much of an angel you were to your contagious smile. There’s no one else who can make me laugh so hard that my sides actually begin to kill with pain. I’m going to miss the countless hours we would spend playing Mario Kart and Wii Fit. I’m going to miss you sitting in my kitchen eating cookie after cookie. While you may be one of the craziest individuals that I have ever met in the last 14-and-a-half years of my life, I know you will always be making others laugh if you’re not there making me laugh.You always manage to light up a room. You’ll forever be the life of the party and you never fail at making everything interesting.

It’s going to be hard not being able to run up to each other every day and share our crazy stories or rant about something that just happened during the previous class. I know there will be times after a long day of classes or work when I wish I could just head over to your house, plop down on your bed in your room and play Mario Kart while we talk about our day. I want you to know that whatever happens, whoever you become and whoever the future shapes you to be, I will always be here for you. Whether a drive or a phone call away, I will always be here. We may not be able to spend the next few years seeing each other every day, but I know that you will make a huge impact on those who meet you in the time to come.

The past 14-and-a-half years of my life have been fantastic. I want to thank you for simply being the person you are and for letting me have the honor of being your best friend. I will see you up on that stage when we sit there in the gym at Carrabec High School for the last time together. As soon as we march out that door, you can bet that I will be the first one to run up to you and hug you, and probably cry, and tell you that we made it. Here’s to an amazing future and to a lifelong friendship.

Back to the fairy tale thing for a moment. Now that I think of it, I don’t see why I called our friendship in the beginning a fairy tale. Fairy tales have happy endings, right? Well, our friendship may be a happy one, but it will never have an ending.

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5 Brands That Are Keeping Every Social Media Lover Laughing In A Negative Online World

Ads are everywhere you go online, so if you can't beat 'em, you might as well laugh at them.
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Over the past year or so, my Twitter feed has gotten to be pretty depressing. With political tensions rising and what seems like a tragedy every day, it seems that for every one positive tweet I see, there's another that's negative. While these issues are important to be aware of, sometimes I use social media as an escape from the sometimes bleak world we live in.

Another thing that stands directly between me and the content I want to see is ads. Living in corporate America during the age of social media makes it almost impossible to use any app or social media website without having to deal with constant advertisements. However, I've found that some of the funniest Twitter are actually pages representing brands. Here's a countdown of my top five favorite branded Twitter accounts:

5. Denny's

Denny's reputation on social media originally stemmed from its Tumblr blog, where it posts things (mostly relating to breakfast foods in some way) that just don't make very much sense. Fortunately for them, this kind of humor definitely appeals to young adults, so they employ the same types of jokes on their Twitter as well. However, there are only so many jokes you can make about breakfast food before it loses its appeal, which is why Denny's falls at number five on my list

4. Netflix

Netflix's Twitter account is a perfect mix of Netflix news and movie-related jokes, so if that's something you're into, it's definitely worth the follow, It's not as joke heavy as some of the other accounts on this list, but if you've got an interest in what's happening at Netflix and the occasional joke, this is the account for you.

3. Chipotle

There are two things college students are known for: their weird sense of humor and their love for Chipotle. Naturally, the Chipotle Twitter account capitalizes on this in a way that no other Twitter account could. Chipotle-themed humor for everyone!

2. Wendy's

Wendy's social media game has always been strong across the board. They even dropped a mixtape as part of their neverending battle for dominance in the fast food world. They're great at keeping up with meme trends without sounding forced. If you don't mind a few ads here and there, Wendy's cooks up some pretty juicy content that makes it worth a follow.

1. Moonpie

I had never heard of MoonPie's Twitter account until this morning. In fact, I had all but forgotten what MoonPies even were. But boy oh boy, was I missing out. First, it must be said that MoonPie's Twitter account does little to no obvious advertising.

Yes, it is a verified account for the brand, and lots of tweets mention the product in some capacity, but I have scrolled through an alarming amount of their (hilarious) tweets and have not come across any that seemed like an actual ad. It takes a specific sense of humor to appreciate their non-sequitur tweets, but it had me in tears from laughing so hard.

When it comes to taking a break from the negativity on social media, you might find humor in the place where you least expect it. If you can't beat the ads, join 'em.

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