Technology Is The Killer

Technology Is The Killer

Technology is definitely something that has filtered itself into our everyday life in the present day. But how much power have we given it, how much power should it have over us? And how much power does it actually?

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Since the invention of broadcast radio, people have been drawn to new inventions regarding media and the idea of bringing people together. More specifically, the world wide web has been the culprit that brings the entire universe together, but at what cost?

In recent times, the idea of constantly being connected and aware of multiple things domestically and internationally is vastly popular. But the issue with this constant world of immersion is dangerous to this concept that holds us together as human beings, also known as the human connection. Take this picture for example. Three people are standing within a few feet of each other, but yet they don't even blink at the passing by of each other. They stay stagnant in their own quadrants of the picture, clinging to the content on the other end of their phone.

The internet and this basic idea of connection is so popular that it is almost hard to find someone without technological connection. But this concept of constantly being immersed with data, content and new information is harmful to our basic needs for the human connection. Are we starting to replace our best friends with our cellular device? Do we now hold our cell phones & our best friends to the same level of importance? I sure hope not.

Philosophers and critically acclaimed scholars have discussed how scientific research has proven the recent decline of attention spans in the past few decades. More and more children are diagnosed with things like ADHD (your girl happens to relate) & ADD. These type of mental disorders are caused by things such as a short attention span. By treating your phone like a person, you are allowing the information and context to hold such power over your head. Without the constant information and chaotic social media feed, we start to go crazy and are somehow unable to concentrate on anything longer than a few pictures or a few sentences.

Now, some may argue with me right off the bat and verbalize their opinions about how amazing the Internet is. I completely agree. Without the internet, I wouldn't be able to write this article right now, but there are some downfalls of this amazing & revolutionary technology. Technology forces us to never leave our comfort zone to explore the vast possibilities of the world. It makes us ok with our mediocre reality and terrified of the concept of change, which is inevitable. But how do we balance the necessary aspects of technology and the limits of power that we assign to it?

There is no one specific answer to that question. But there is a way to stay way from mediocre thinking. My first tip is when you feel like technology is something you can't live without, step away (as hard as it is.) I know that is kind of cliche to say, but it will change your life. Listen, I am not here to judge, technology is my best friend so much throughout my day as a college student, but I make sure it is not my priority. It's not my life. Something specific I like to do to bring myself back to what little reality we have left is to write anything that comes to mind in my notebook, staying away from my laptop. By doing this, I get a break and I get to use my I get to use my imagination for a while. I also love to talk to my friends, in person, so that I feel more connected to them, without the use of technology as the medium in order to communicate.

I totally understand that technology is almost necessary & vital to live efficiently in today's current times, however don't forget the authentic need for human connection that we have inside all of us. Even with 2,000 facebook friends, you can still be completely & utterly all alone. And if you cant count any of those facebook friends that you could call when you're feeling lonely, they are not your friends. Technology is. Don't let this happen.

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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

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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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