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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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Things To Do When You're So Bored All You Want To Do Is Cry

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Everyone has times when they have nothing to do and boredom strikes way too hard. From experience, I have found some top things to do when you literally have nothing else to do!

1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

4. Make a home cooked meal

Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

5. Visit friends/ family

Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

6. Write

Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

7. Exercise

Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

9. Look for a job

If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

10. Draw/ do something artsy

Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

11. Join an Odyssey Team!

Writing articles through the Odyssey is an amazing experience and can always keep you busy!

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