The Positive Side Of Social Media

The Positive Side Of Social Media

Why focus on the negative?
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In today’s world, social media has taken over. Or at least taken over the younger generations. We truly are the kids raised on technology in many aspects of the word. Since we’re so involved with it, do we even realize the effects all the different platforms, pictures, and messages have on us? If not, well, let’s look into it.

All you hear these days is the negative effects and aspects of social media. And I agree that social media can be a real pain sometimes. Studies have shown that social media increases the occurrences of cyberbullying, decreases productivity, lead to more sadness, less privacy, a sense of competition or depression when comparing your life to others, and can lead to a decrease in real life conversations and connections.

These are all valid arguments and are true in many cases, however, there are some positive sides to social media that people tend to overlook, focusing all their energy on the negative. There has to be some reason most people in younger generations are in a social media craze.

Sites like Pinterest inspire creativity and new ideas daily, if not more than that. With so many DIY instructions for a multitude of crafts, home improvement, makeup, hair, and more there’s no time to be bored. It only takes one search to come up with something new to occupy your time. With thousands of different people inputting, there’s always room to think outside the box and be inspired by others’ ideas.

Multiple platforms can also be used for education. You never know what useful tip or article you’ll find on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. It’s so easy these days to find out anything you need. Obscure paper due next week on a subject that nobody knows about? It’s just a search away (just make sure to cite your sources correctly).

Almost any site you go on can be used as a tool to speak out.You might feel like you don’t have a voice, but that feeling might begin to go away if you post a word or two about something you’re passionate about. Since social media is so broad and there are so many people on it, it’s not hard to find others who share your own beliefs and opinions. If shared the right way, your message might even be seen by hundreds or thousands. You can create your own voice and broadcast it across the internet.

Some might not believe me when I say this, but being active on social media can actually improve confidence. You get to post selfies, and pictures of you and your friends and over time become more comfortable posting pictures of yourself and showing off your true beauty. It also helps you hone certain skills like writing, getting your point across in only a few words and/or picture, digital photo editing, and many more. After all, practice makes perfect.

Apps like Snapchat are perfect ways to reach out to your friends and connect with them digitally face to face. When you're stuck at home, in a long distance relationship, live hours away from your bestie, or if you're traveling. This gives you the best way to see each other and still feel close when you are unable to meet up in person.

So what are we waiting for? Social media may be scary, which is understandable, but it is also a place where so many good things can happen. Why not take advantage of them? Just make sure to stay safe, reasonable, and kind. Go have fun, kids!

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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