3 Ways Millenials Can Be Present In The Age Of Social Media

3 Ways Millenials Can Be Present In The Age Of Social Media

Because we no longer exist in a world of 'BRB.'
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With our cell phones by our side almost 24/7, it’s hard not to let our minds wander elsewhere.

It’s difficult not to instinctively reach for your phone in your pocket once it starts to vibrate and quickly read the newest text message someone sent you. It’s hard to sit in class, maintaining your focus on the professor, when you’re thinking about the lengthy to-do list sitting on your desk at home. Not only that, but it’s difficult to focus on your homework in the library when your hands are just itching to check your Instagram feed to see what you missed.

Overall, we used to live in a world where “BRB” was necessary because we couldn’t carry the large, desktop computer around with us. Now, we have these devices on us constantly and “BRB” is practically nonexistent. So how, if at all, is it possible for us to take that break? How can we possibly learn to live in the moment with the endless stream of notifications?

I’ve recently begun practicing yoga at least once, sometimes twice, a day. One of the mantras consistently repeated during the practice is “be present” and at first, I had no idea what that term even meant. Yet within the next few days, I found myself trying to be more “present” in my everyday life. And the benefits of it have truly been amazing within just the first week. Here are a few tips that I've used in order to become more present.

  1. When you’re completing a task, truly focus on that task. Try not to think about the text messages waiting for you.

One of the biggest struggles I endured when starting yoga was genuinely focusing on my breathing. I found myself wondering when the practice would be over, how many text messages I had and if anything happened while I was practicing. However, this struggle extends beyond the practice of yoga.

Whenever I’m reading a chapter in my textbook, I found myself quickly reaching for my phone whenever it lit up. Not only would it take even longer for me to finish a chapter by doing this, but my mind would constantly be distracted during the whole assignment. When I’m sitting in class, I find small sighs leaving my lips—my mind focusing on how much work I have to complete when this lecture is over.

Yet we shouldn’t be focused on that.

We shouldn’t focus on what lies ahead. We simply have to narrow our focus on the task at hand, whatever that may be. Whether it’s your breathing (if you practice yoga!), your homework, your lecture. Take the time to fully be in that moment—even if it doesn’t seem like the most thrilling moment of your life.

2. Try to step away from your social media feeds for a few hours—even if it’s only a few times a week.

Let’s face it, not every part of our lives has to be documented on your Snapchat and Instagram story. Yes, it doesn’t hurt to document the moments in our lives we never want to forget, but we shouldn’t let it consume us, either. We shouldn’t spend the entire concert filming and upload it to our Snapchat stories. We should simply take a few pictures, put our phones away and simply enjoy being in the moment.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried to restrict the number of times I check my social media feeds—doing my best to only go through them in the morning and evening. And I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t easy, but it gets easier with time.

It’s difficult to just simply cut out scrolling through social media in between classes every single day. While I still try to make the effort to avoid it, it’s just simply not possible some days. So try to take a few days out of the week to ease yourself into it—you’d be surprised at just how rewarding it can be.

3. Try to open your heart to be open-minded and have a positive outlook.

When going throughout our days, we can be surprised by just how negative we can be. Perhaps you’re having a bad day and it seems as though nothing is going your way or you just did bad on an exam you studied so hard for.

Just try to take a minute to breathe and don’t focus on thinking about what you did wrong. Just stay present and continue on.

When you’re stuck in traffic on a road trip, just simply take a deep breath and turn the radio up a bit more. Put on your favorite song and enjoy the extra minutes the world gave you to have more time to yourself or with the person next to you.


The most important mantra you can take away from this piece is this—you are exactly where you need to be right now. So focus on where you are right now, whether it’s in the library, on the beach, with friends and family, or just laying in your bedroom. And be present. Because you’d be surprised by the little things you miss out on when you aren’t.

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!
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When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes, and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts that are worth following:

-@brandonwoelfel

-@tess_and_sarah

-@brandymelvilleusa

-@goldenretrievers_

-@cats_of_instagram

-@zodiac.signs

-@thegrilledpineapple

-@jazzjennings_

-@chipper_thegolddog

-@llauratheleo

-@heyshalice

-@sailorhaley

-@sandcloudteam

-@photosabss

-@sharkbaitblond

Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your Instagram photo that you wish to post!

1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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It's Time Stop Texting In Text-Talk

We're not 12 and it isn't 2012.

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When most of my friends and I started getting our first cell phones, the most popular phone to have were still those phones that you had to 7 four times to write an "s." You were super cool if your parents bought you a slider phone with a QWERTY keyboard.

Because texting took so long, we, of course, used text-speech like "LOL" or "TTYL" or "WRU?"

"Are" was just the letter R and "you" was just the letter U. And this was acceptable at the time. Some of these acronyms followed us into present-day, but some just really need to be left in the past.

A boy recently texted me, sent from an iPhone, "How r u? Wryd?" and I honestly sat there for a few minutes utterly flabbergasted. An adult with a modern, top-of-the-class phone, really sent me a text message that looked like it was sent from 2010. I didn't even know iPhones, with Autocorrect that changed the simplest words to something so obscure, could even let you send a text like that!

There is a certain level of unattractiveness when people misuse "their/there/they're," but it goes to the next level when adults don't even bother to spell out a three-letter word. There is a sense of laziness and call me pretentious, but I just can't stand for laziness at this age. What does that say about a person when they don't even want to put forth the effort to do something as mundane as type out a full, coherent message?

A text message does not have to be written as a formal essay, fit with transitions and long SAT words to impress somebody. To me, if you're trying to impress someone, especially an adult, the message shouldn't look like it was written by a 12-year-old and make me want to answer back, "Smdh ttyl."

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