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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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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I Have No Label

Labels aren't for everyone, and I'm one of them.

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There's a huge pressure from society for people to know things about themselves—what they want to do with their life, what career they want to be tethered to, where they plan on being five years from now—that we really shouldn't add more pressure by requiring people to know their sexual orientation and gender identity.

I've always been pretty comfortable with my gender, but my sexuality? I'm still figuring that one out. I grew up in a fairly conservative home, so I was never exposed to the LGBT+ community or anything similar to it. Straight was the only way to go, and I grew up completely fine with that. It's only now that I know I'm not, that I'm realizing some of the things I did, probably should have told me I wasn't sooner.

Thankfully, it was never a huge source of stress for me because I was OK with being straight. I was fine with the idea of only being into men because I mostly still am. It's just that "mostly" bit that has me thrown off.

If I'm not fully into just guys, does that make me bisexual? What's the full difference between them, anyway? What does "bi" really imply, anyway? Two? Which two? Does the "bi" aspect of the word "bisexual" even really matter?

Do people identify as "pansexual" because the distinction of "bi" is misleading since there are more than just two genders?

Speaking of genders, would I date someone whose gender identity doesn't conform to the binary? How about a transgender person? How can I really know this for a fact without dating someone like that?

All of these thoughts gave me countless headaches, and they still do if I think too hard about it. Since I'm still discovering myself, I'm not fully comfortable labeling my sexuality as anything other than "not straight."

That should be totally fine.

If anything, I think this should be encouraged. It puts way less stress on people who are already stressed beyond belief. It shouldn't be something that a person has to know immediately, and they shouldn't have to ever label themselves if they aren't comfortable with it.

Let people explore their sexuality and gender. If they find a label early, let them. They may change it later. They may not. As long as they're happy with it, what does it matter? Why tell them "no?" Even if you're their parent or caregiver, you should at least be fine with them exploring their own identity and figuring their life out.

It's healthy, and ultimately, it will make them a happier person to know they had support for the whole wild ride.

Respect people if they find nothing and choose to stay label-less.

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