Social Media And The Damage It Causes

Social Media And The Damage It Causes

From Orlando to Hambre the gorilla.
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In today's world, our lives revolve around social media. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or even Tinder. If we need to know where the parties are or what's going on in the news or who is dating who, all we have to do is log onto the internet. This is creating problems in our society. People are losing social skills and having less social interactions. The main problem with this is that rumors and scandals get around the world in a matter of minutes, and the media can portray these things to be something they aren't or to stray away from the actual truth.

With all the recent drama in the media about terrorism, hate crime, police brutality, and animal brutality, all of my newsfeeds have been blowing up with everyone's opinion and side they choose to take on these topics. I can't speak for anyone else, but I am so tired of hearing about it all. Everyone has their opinion and which side they want to take, but how do they decide this? Based off of things they have seen on the news or the internet.

Yes, it is a tragedy that a Gorilla had to be put down and that a family had to go through what they did seeing their child being in the gorilla exhibit, but all the things posted on social media about it are making the story worse and worse. Parents are being shammed with child neglect, the zoo is being shammed for not controlling their environment as well as killing the gorilla. In the end, is a gorilla's life more important then a child? After reading all the blogs about how the mother should have been watching her child and it's all her fault, it makes me furious. Everyone knows kids wonder and parenting is not easy. No one is a perfect parent so this needs to stop. The media has ruined these peoples lives by posting their pictures everywhere and all these hateful articles. Unless you were actually there watching, you have no idea what happened that day and should not be basing your opinion about what the internet says.

Also with the Orlando shooting, everyone is blaming Muslims or guns. I have even seen articles about people blaming his family or the security at the night club. All this hatred needs to stop. It was no ones fault but the shooter himself. If you were not in that night club, you don't know what actually went down. If it was a terrorist attack, then we need to stand together and protect our citizens instead of playing the blame game and fighting with each other. If we have a huge target on our back, then why are we fighting ourselves.

This is the kind of things that social media causes. ISIS is probably sitting back and laughing at us for how we treat each other when it comes to these things. We need to put an end to the drama on social media and all the fighting about these events. If they were not getting all the social media attention some things might not escalade.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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Welcome To Summer Break, Where You Are Back To Being Under Your Parents' Thumb

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Coming home for the summer is always very exciting for me. The first few weeks it feels like I'm somewhere brand-new instead of the same town I've lived in my entire life.

Although when I do go home my parents tend to want to spend all of their time with me. Which I understand because I've been gone for a while and they missed me. But where do we draw the life of them being happy to see me and them being over the top?

As someone who is 21, I'm a legal adult. When I'm at college my life is very much one of independence. When I'm at school I come and go as I please and tell very few people where I'm going. When I'm at college I don't have anyone I need to "report to".

This all changes when I come home and my parents are constantly asking me "where are you going?" "what are you doing?" "who are you hanging out with?" Simple answer "Elsewhere" "Stuff" "People"

I understand that they may just be concerned about me. But there is no reason to be. I'm not a kid that gets in trouble a lot or a person that goes out of their way to take unnecessary risks.

As parents, I understand that you have taken care of me for the past 21 years. But at some point, you have to allow your kids to make their own choices. Otherwise, your kids will stay dependent on you and will miss out on valuable lessons from their actions.

You should not always bail your kids out of situations they get themselves into. You should be there for guidance and as a listening ear. As your kids get older you have to learn to let them figure things out on their own.

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