10 Side Effects Of Social Media

10 Side Effects Of Social Media

4) Dating made complicated

It is rare nowadays to find a person who is not linked to at least one social media account, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp, etc. Though many profess have a love-hate relationship with social media, people of all ages still enjoy the interaction with their "friends" or followers and the immediate gratification of every like, love, comment, and retweet. But amidst the fun, here are ten humorous side effects of social media possibly experienced throughout your days.

1) Name memory loss

Most people aren't good with names as it is. And now with the complication of social media usernames, it makes remembering names that much harder. You may find yourself remembering someone by their @ name and not their real name.

2) Source misattribution

Scrolling down your timeline allows you to view such an influx of information in one sitting, that your mind may have trouble associating the correct people with their posts. Or you may not remember which of your social media sites you had seen that funny meme on that you wanted to share.

3) Dating made simple

The early stages of dating can be made simple if you know how to use social media to your advantage. Instead of risking a horrible or awkward first date, you can simply stalk a person's page to determine if they are a good candidate for you. You can get an overview of what they are like and see whether or not you have things in common.

4) Dating made complicated

Social media can make dating complicated, especially if the person gets too much social media attention, even more so if that bothers you. If your significant other has one too many Insta-fans for your liking, it can be hard to trust that they do not still have their options open to others.

5) Spoiled by retweets/shares

People have always desired to have things their way all the time. Except now, we are being spoiled by retweets and shares promising things we want. Posts of children asking for 1k shares to get a new video game from their parents and of people seeking 30k retweets to get a free meal from their favorite restaurant are now the norm.

6) Catfish

Filters are the one of the worst aspects of social media because they can cover up the real, raw individual hiding behind the flawless face, flower headband, and those deceiving grey eyes. Perhaps you have catfished or have been catfished by someone else. In any case, beware of filters!

7) Embracing the camera

If there are any camera shy people left in the world, it is probably only a small percentage. Social media has coaxed most people into a love for the camera. However, sometimes the camera robs of living in the moment, as we are too busy snapping.

8) Living proactively

Social media may cause you to take proactive measures that alter your actions. For example actions based on your posts, you may chose not to wear something out that Instagram has already seen.

9) Staying in the know

Catching up with old friends is super simple now, especially if you follow them on social media. Since you know what they are up to, it is easy to feel like you are still in the know about their lives. Being in the know can also cause awkward moments. Due to your super lurking skills, you may sometimes know things you aren't supposed to know about a person, so you just stand there and act surprised as they tell you.

10) Urban slang

Not only do we use urban slang abbreviations in our posts, but we sometimes use them in our speech as well. "Af" and "lol" are some common terms you may hear among young adults.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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Pantene's New Search Engine Promises To Remove Gender Biases

Pantene recently released a campaign for a new search engine tool, called "S.H.E." which removes gender stereotypes from search engine results.


Pantene announced a few days ago, as part of its "Power to Transform" campaign via two Youtube videos, that they created a new search engine tool that is designed to work without gender biases. According to the campaign, popular search engines like Google or Safari, have algorithms built to generate answers according to societal stereotypes. S.H.E. or the Search Human Equalizer aims to remove biases and promote woman as equals. For example, when a Safari user searches "greatest artist", a woman is the eighth result. After Aretha Franklin, there is not another woman until Madonna at eleven and the Supremes at 34.

Searching for the greatest artist on Safari will generate six white males before it generates a person of color. It generates seven men before a woman, Aretha Franklin.

Search results appear to greatly favor white men. When searching "greatest athlete," Serena Williams, who places sixth, is the only woman in the top 35 results. The campaign also highlights the sexualization of women. Searching for a school girl will generate results of young woman wearing revealing Halloween costumes. Clicking the video tab reveals that a YouPorn video is the first result.

Greatest athlete results on Safari and Google disproportionately reflect males. Serena Williams is the only female athlete among Safari's top 35 athletes.

Searching school girl shows the societal acceptance of sexualizing children and young woman.

Search engines also reflect other biases like race and age. Searching "beautiful woman" will generate dozens of young, white women. An entire page of image results will have only a few sprinkles of young women of color.

According to Google, beauty is only for those young and white.

Popular search engine algorithms generate results based on page clicks, user history, and geography. However, even with a cleared internet history, these biased results remained the same. Having search engines that don't intervene in their results can be harmful. According to a study by the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, internet users trust and choose search engine results. Unfortunately, these results reinforce biases. In Pantene's YouTube ad for S.H.E., they called their campaign an open invitation for other search engines to follow suit.

S.H.E. is a Google Chrome extension. It can be turned on to modify Google's search results. There are currently only 22 users but the extension has "five stars." When searching on Google, "S.H.E." will automatically load different results. Clicking the "S.H.E." icon will tell users that the results have been equalized. When searching for something that S.H.E. has not been able to equalize yet, the user has the option to flag the search.

S.H.E. will let users know that results have been equalized.

If results have not been equalized, users will have the option to flag results.

The specific terms that Pantene's promotion video used like "schoolgirl", have all had their results equalized. However, it seems that nothing I could find outside of that has been "equalized." This means that I will get Google's normal search results but I can flag the search for future improvement.

The Google extension has a lot of potential and is certainly much-needed. I am pleasantly surprised that such a groundbreaking tech extension came from a shampoo company. It has a lot of room for growth but adding more users, which will lead to more flags, will help to increase the amount of equalized results. Only time will tell if Pantene follows through and changes flagged results. Regardless, it sheds awareness on how gender biases are in every corner of our daily lives, unbeknownst to its users and I applaud Pantene for taking a leap forward in gender equality.

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