This Is Why Snapchat Ruins Lives

This Is Why Snapchat Ruins Lives

Yet we still use it every day.
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This isn't a surprise.It's been happening for years. Snapchat is ruining society.

When you at a social gathering everyone is on their phones. We don't just text anymore, we have to send our face with the message. Sometimes we put a filter on our face or cute animal ears. We send videos that play once (maybe twice) and then disappear forever. Why are we so fascinated with this platform?

We want everyone to see what an amazing time we are having. It has become an addiction to share everything we are doing. Every hour of the day, we feel the need to share what is going on RIGHT NOW. We feel the need to make people feel like they are missing out because they are not there. Every Snapchat user that says that isn't true is lying.

Let me tell you, I have been on both sides of the evil in Snapchat.

I have sat at home on Saturday night in my own pity party because I see all my Snapchat "friends" out having a good time. I feel left out and excluded. I get sad and then I just get annoyed. I feel like I am not good enough or meet their standards of their friendship. It's a hard feeling and we've all felt that way at some point.

Then I've also been the one that just posts every second of my day so EVERYONE could see how awesome of a day it's been. I will be honest, I have used Snapchat to show off my day and yeah sometimes I post too much. I don't do it to purposely tick people off. I hadn't done it out of spite or to make anyone upset, even if a few people "unfriended" me after the day was done.

Either way, I still woke up the next day and moved on.

Snapchat has become a constant responsibility to maintain. It's become tiring. It's become too much. I feel like people in my generation are staring more at their phones rather than taking in all the places they are and the people they are with. Who cares what Janet from middle school is doing anymore? You don't need her play-by-play day. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has enough status updates and being up to date with "friends" compared to breathing down someone's day in Snapchat.

Unfortunately, this is not going to stop any of us from using Snapchat. Snapchat is entertaining. Snapchat makes us cute. I am tired of Snapchat filtering my life. I am putting Snapchat down for awhile. I'll let you know when I come back, but I think my Snapchat "friends" will know right away.

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5 Games To Play In School That They Never Block

You used to play these games in school, and so did everyone you know.
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Even though some games were blocked on the school's internet, these games were not (for most people) and we used it to our full advantage. Also, one of the pictures on this article will take you to the actual game itself, it is up to you to find it. Good Luck!

1. Poptropica

This game was always so fun but 99% of the time I would only play on spy island.

2. QWOP

This is the source of misbehavior in schools because this game was so aggravating.

3. playretrogames

This entire website was never blocked so it was constantly being played on the computer.

4. CoolMath

Again, an entire gaming website that was never blocked and had what was honestly some really fun casual games.

5. The Impossible Quiz

THIS NEEDS TO DIE

If you are kids are in school and looking for some fun during the day, these websites are almost never blocked by the school's wifi. (Just don't get caught). I hope you enjoyed this article and if you did please feel free to follow myself and the Anderson Universtiy page and I will see you all next time, bye!

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5 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

To help you focus on making the most of the year.

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It's getting to that point in the year where people are starting to lose steam when it comes to their New Year's Resolutions. If you're like me, you make some pretty big goals, but then fall short on how to achieve them. We are all so connected to our phones, that sometimes the best way to keep track of our goals, is to use our phones. Here's a list of 5 apps that will help keep you on track for your New Year's resolutions.

1. Goodreads.

If one of your resolutions was to read more, then this is the app for you. Goodreads lets you set a reading goal for the year and track your progress. You can make reading lists and track your progress page by page. It also allows you to review books and read other people's reviews.

2. TV Time.

If one of your resolutions was to catch up on all of those shows that people talk about that you've never seen, then try TV Time. Much like Goodreads, it allows you to select what shows you want to watch, log shows you have watched, and track your progress episode by episode. It also lets you look at reviews and interact with other users.

3. Letterboxd.

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If TV shows aren't your thing, but you vowed to watch more movies, then Letterboxd is more your speed. Browse movies by genre, popularity, release date, and many more. Select the movies you have watched and pick which ones are on your watchlist. You can make lists of movies and browse others altogether and you can also rate and review every movie.

4. Flora.

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If you have made either a resolution to use your phone less or to focus more, try downloading Flora. Flora lets you set a timer 25 minutes up to almost 2 hours. Once you set a timer, a seed is planted on your phone and if you click any buttons, the plant will die. However, if you succeed and don't use your phone within the time you set, a tree will grow and will be added to your digital garden. If you need a little more incentive, you can bet real money that you won't lose. If you do lose, you pay the money and a real tree is planted in a rural community. When signing up with Facebook, you can also see how many trees your friends have planted.

5. One List.

App Of The Day: One List

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One of the New Year's resolutions people have is to be more productive. If you're like me, you're most productive when you have a list of the things you have to do. One List is the most simple to do list app I have found. You simply pull down on the screen to add something to the list. You can set a priority for each task and then they are automatically sorted from highest to lowest priority. Then you simply swipe to check a task off the list.

So, unless one of your resolutions was to reduce how much you use your phone or stop using your phone altogether, some of these apps are bound to help you achieve one of your resolutions.

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