Social Media Is Taking Over Our Lives!

Social Media Is Taking Over Our Lives!

Have you realized how much you are into social media?
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It might sound emotional, but social media is actually taking control over our lives. There is this diligent inclination to Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and tweet our day by day moves trying to express our personality to the world and make ourselves feel esteemed. Tragically demonstrating that in today's society and era, we have gotten to be fixated on virtual reality.

All Facebook users have been there... the unavoidable minute when we check our notifications and sigh in dissatisfaction that we have not gotten enough likes on our profile picture. Or, when we quickly check our Instagram notices at regular intervals. We live in a world where technology is advancing at an alarming rate. Everything that relies on technology keeps on improving on daily basis as well. In relationships, social media has become one of the important factors. It drives our daily lives. We're always interacting with new friends in different platforms of social media. In one way or the other, our lives are affected by use of social media.

One of the most concerning issues is that online networking has turned out to be so successfully open that we are encompassed by innovation. Daily, we are permitted to advise everyone of our present exercises through the touch of a catch. We are stuck to our screens every minute of every day and can't stand to tear ourselves from our valuable phones.

Life would be without the everyday influence of the social media. Not only does social media have a great impact on the life of individuals, but it also changes the way we interact with each other from different parts of the globe. I believe that each media form I use in my daily life is beneficial and efficient. I do think social media can become addictive, changes the way people perceive themselves, and other disadvantages. Social media has influenced a lot of individual lives throughout the world. From cultures to politics and other issues all over the world.

Media is any form of electronic communication platform ranging from televisions, radios, internet usage and mobile phone usage. From my experience, I must admit the influence of social media taking over our lives. A decade ago, my interaction with people around me and the whole world was only possible through physical interaction, televisions, writing letters and telephones. When I say telephone, I mean a telephone booth where people were queuing as it was a relief food distribution to people inhibiting dry land. Those days, I was in control of my life in that I could perform my daily activities normally, spend time with the loved ones and even join my neighbors to play evening games after a hard day.

Nowadays, this experience is of the past with the introduction of mobile communication gadgets commonly known as smartphones; life has changed. I wake up late and go to sleep late. This is simply because my hands can’t resist reaching my pockets to have a touch of this device. Every time I have it in my hand, all of my concentration is diverted to the device. I will instantly swipe my screen for the apps. My first app to activate is always Facebook, where I could even spend more than two hours reading posts and chatting. I even forget to take breaks for meals on time because of this device. Sometimes, I would spend time with my friends for a catch up and for the latest gossip in the neighborhood, but only to find that my friend losing interest. As a result of my lack of attention into the conversation, social media has taken over our lives. Instead I am glued to the device.

I have realized that social media influences the way we behave and interact with people in the society. It may sound dramatic, but the truth is that we always have a persistent urge to Facebook, twitter, snap chat and other social media platform.

Personally, I use social media on a daily basis, spending, about a third of my day on the media platform. I have become addicted to it that I find it hard to stay away from my phone and other gadgets. I can use to access either Facebook or twitter. Through the social media, I am able to be updated on the happenings around the world and other relevant information presented on the media platforms.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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20 Things Only Seattleites Will Understand

It's socially acceptable to put your gum on a wall for decoration, wear socks with Birkenstocks, and take a casual stroll in the rain.

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You're probably not from the Greater Seattle Area if any of the below surprise you:

1. How to pronounce Issaquah, Puyallup, Sequim, Mukilteo, and Snohomish.

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If you're curious, it's is-uh-cwa, pew-al-up, s-kwim, muh-kill-tea-oh, and snow-hoe-mih-sh.

2. The sheer terror one inch of snow can bring to a population.

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Winter is simply not our season.

3. Being from Seattle (but not really from Seattle).

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Where are you from? Snohomish. Where's that? A little bit Southeast of Everett. Where? Seattle. I live in Seattle.

4. RBIS.

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Redbull Italian sodas are the MOVE. So good. Not really good for you, but really yummy nonetheless. They don't really look like this picture but you get the idea.

5. Swimming is an indoor sport.

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Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.

6. Air conditioning is a luxury.

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I think I know approximately 5 people with AC units in their houses. It's not because it never gets hot because it does but it's hot for like 2 seconds of the year.

7. Eastern and Western Washington are different countries.

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It's kind of like Narnia once you've crossed the Cascades.

8. Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital doesn't exist.

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I don't know if that's the most updated version of the hospital (no spoilers please), but regardless, Grey's Anatomy is very confused on the geography and overall layout of the city. But it's a good show, so whatever.

9. Socks & sandals.

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I can't explain it, but it works... A fit for all seasons.

10. Tap water anywhere else is just not the same.

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It's just... different. Not in a good way.

11. Honking is a sin.

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Instead, politely smile and curse under your breath you let another terrible driver merge in front of you. Avoid the confrontation at all costs; save the horn for saying hi to those people that stand with signs on street corners.

12. 

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Not many cities have a similar collective passion for not just one, but all, professional sports teams. Of course, the city's pride for 12s is something else.

13. If you use an umbrella, you're weak.

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It's survival of the fittest out here.

14. Portland is JV Seattle.

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We were cool first.

15. The flannel lives on.

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She knows what's up.

16. Dick's.

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Get your head out of the gutter. It's a burger place.

17. Ferries are a common form of transportation.

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Want to go see a drive in movie? Get some ice cream on Whidbey? Go to your cabin on the San Juans? Visit Sequim (ha)? Walk or drive on the ferry. Easy.

18. Lakes > beaches.

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Nothing beats the mountains, wineries, boating, and cliff jumping opportunities on the lake. It's carefree, fresh water, and of course, beautiful.

19. Coffee.

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Nobody really does it like we do, let's be real.

20. It doesn't actually rain thaaaaaat much.

I'm pretty sure there are a bunch of East Coast cities that get more rain than we do. It's just got that gloom that makes you feel like it might as well be raining, you know? Raise your hand if you're vitamin D deficient! Woo!

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