The World Of Finstas And Sinstas

The World Of Finstas And Sinstas

We love Instagram so much that one account just isn't enough.
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Urban Dictionary defines Finsta as "a fake Instagram account, so one can post ratchet pictures without persecution from sororities, jobs and society as a whole," and Sinsta as "a secret Instagram where people post scandalous pictures they wouldn't put on their normal Instagram."

It seems like people use the two terms interchangeably, though the meaning and purpose are so similar to each other. Regardless of what you choose to call them, the creation of these accounts has skyrocketed in recent months.

People still love each other's real accounts, of course, but the Finstas and Sinstas are where the real, raw stuff is posted. Embarrassing pictures of friends, long funny captions that are socially unacceptable otherwise, lower quality (aka unedited) photos, et cetera. I feel so old saying this, but my younger cousins are the ones who first introduced me to this world of Finstagram/Sinstagram. We were on vacation and told me to follow their secondary accounts, and I didn't really understand why they made the accounts since they already had real ones. But soon enough I realized what they're used for, and though I was skeptical at first, I found their secondary accounts highly entertaining. So eventually, over this past Christmas break, I decided to make one and convinced one of my friends to get on board so we could share it.

Upon returning back to school, we got compliments in person on how excited people were that we made this account. And as we got into our groove, some of our friends would even comment in person on the things we'd post. And some even called us by our username when they'd see us around campus, which was always amusing to us both.

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Once you succumb and make one, you won't regret it. They're super fun, your friends love them, and you love posting on it. Plus, some people should really make one because they're posting stuff that their followers do not want to see in their real account newsfeed. (Yes, the Finsta/Sinsta newsfeed is supposed to be different from your real account feed.)

There are those people who post things on their real accounts that simply should not be there.

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If you are just so compelled to share something against the social norms of regular Instagram, it's best to just post it on a secondary account. Whether it be scandalous pictures, party pictures, or just plain ugly (yet hilarious) pictures, your Finsta/Sinsta is the best place to put that stuff.

Secondary accounts have become so popularized that Instagram had to acknowledge it and add a feature which made switching between multiple accounts extremely easy. I know that when I made mine, I only knew of my cousins and a few other people that had them...but now, way more people have them.

All you have to do is log in to all the accounts that you want, and then to switch between them, you simply tap the top of your account name and then select from the list which one you want to be active on. Super easy and convenient! And if you're scrolling through your newsfeed and want to switch between accounts, a short cut is to hold down your profile icon in the bottom right, and the list will come up again and you just select the account you want to switch to.

And yes, this is my Finsta/Sinsta. I share it with someone else, but still...guilty.

I know that when I made mine, I only knew of my cousins and a few other people that had them...but now, way more people have them. I see a lot of people from my high school that have them and then there's people from SCU with them. It's like a second world of Instagram, really. You follow people on your real account (and they follow you back) and that's all good and normal, and then you chisel your followers down on your Finsta/Sinsta to who you want, and then they follow you back on their secondary account (and if you're lucky, maybe their real, also), so it creates another layer to Instagram that we didn't have before.

You get to make your secondary account more exclusive. On real accounts, people generally want to rack up as many followers as possible--even if that means following that person you see a lot and have mutual friends with, yet you really know nothing about each other -- because hey, at least it's a follower. However, on your Finsta/Sinsta, you choose only your closest followers to be let in on your wonderfully amusing account, because you wouldn't want just anyone seeing some of the things posted on your secondary account. You choose wisely and you choose only people who will be able to appreciate all of your shenanigan posts.

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They really are a good time. So if you don't already have one, I'd suggest you make one and discover and immerse yourself in the hilarious world of Finstagram/Sinstagram, whatever you wanna call it. Happy 'gramming!

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4 reasons how Drake's New Album May Help Us Fight Mental Illness

Increasing Evidence Points to Music as a Potential Solution to the Mental Health Problem.

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Okay, You caught me!

I am NOT just talking about everybody's favorite actor-turned-rapper— or second, if you've seen Childish Gambino's "This is America" music video. Unfortunately, current research hasn't explored specific genres and artists. However, studies HAVE provided significant evidence in possibilities for music to treat mental health disorders. Now, before you say something that your parents would not be proud of, ask yourself if you can really blame me for wanting to get your attention. This is an urgent matter concerning each one of us. If we all face the truth, we could very well reach one step closer to solving one of society's biggest problems: Mental Health.

The Problem:

As our nation continues to bleed from tragedies like the horrific shooting that shattered the lives of 70 families whose loved ones just wanted to watch the "Dark Knight Rises" during its first hours of release, as well as the traumatic loss of seventeen misfortunate innocents to the complications of mental health disorders in the dear city of Parkland— a city mere hours from our very own community— it's impossible to deny the existence of mental illness. As many of us can already vouch, mental illness is much more common than what most would think: over 19 million adults in America suffer from a mental health disorder. Picture that: a population slightly less than that of Florida is plagued by hopelessness, isolation, and utter despair.

Disease in the form of depression holds millions of people prisoner, as anxieties instill crippling desperation and too many struggles with finding peace. This can be you. It could be your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, your cousin, your aunt, your uncle, your friend, your roommate, your fraternity brother, your sorority sister, your lab partner, or just your classmate that sits in the corner of the lecture hall with a head buried into a notebook that camouflages all emotion.

I hope we— the UCF community— understand the gravity of the problem, but it's clear that some still see mental illness as a disease that affects only a handful of "misfits" who "terrorize" our streets, while the numbers reveal more to the issue. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a mental health disorder. The problem is so serious that suicide has risen to become the second-leading cause of death among 20 to 24-year-olds. While many continue to ask for more antidepressants and even the occasional "proper spanking," recent studies indicate increases in occurrence, such as one in depression from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. So, clearly, none of that is working.

The Evidence:

If we really want to create a world where our children are free from the chains of mental illness, we need to think outside the box. Doctors and scientists won't really talk about this since it's still a growing field of research, but music has strong potential. We don't have any options at the moment, which means we need to change our mindset about music and to continue to explore its medicinal benefits. If you're still skeptical because of the title, then please consider these 4 pieces of solid evidence backed by scientific research:

1. Music has been proven to improve disorders like Parkinson's Disease.

Researchers sponsored by the National Institute of Health— the country's largest research agency— saw an improvement in the daily function of patients with Parkinson's Disease. This makes patients shake uncontrollably, which often prevents them from complete functionality. The disease is caused by a shortage of dopamine— a chemical your neurons, or brain cells, release; since music treats this shortage, there's an obvious ability to increase dopamine levels. As numerous studies connect dopamine shortages to mental illnesses like depression, addiction, and ADHD, someone could possibly use music's proven ability to increase dopamine levels to treat said problems.

2. Listening to the music has the potential to activate your brain's "reward center."

In 2013, Valorie Salimpoor and fellow researchers conducted a study that connected subjects' pleasure towards music to a specific part of the brain. This key structure, the nucleus accumbens, is the body's "reward center," which means all of you have experienced its magical powers. In fact, any time the brain detects a rewarding sensation— drinking ice-cold water after a five-mile run in sunny, humid Florida, eating that Taco Bell chalupa after a long happy hour at Knight's Library, and even consuming recreational drugs— this structure releases more of that fantastic dopamine. So, with further research into specifics, doctors may soon be prescribing your daily dose of tunes for your own health.

3. Listening to Music may be more effective than prescription anti-anxiety medication.

In 2013, Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J. Levitin— two accomplished doctors in psychology— reviewed a study wherein patients waiting to undergo surgery were given either anti-anxiety medications or music to listen to. The study took into account cortisol levels, which are used daily by healthcare professionals to gauge patient levels. This "stress hormone" was actually found to be lower in patients who listened to classical music rather those who took the recommended dose of prescription drugs. Sit there and think about that for a second: these patients actually felt more relaxed with something as simple as MUSIC than with chemicals that are made specifically to force patients into relaxation before surgery. Why pop a Xanax when you can just listen to Beethoven?

4. Music may release the chemicals that help you naturally relax and feel love.

Further studies continue to justify music's place in the medical world as results demonstrate increases in substances such as prolactin— a hormone that produces a relaxing sensation— as well as oxytocin— the substance that promotes warmth and happiness during a hug between mother and child. So this study basically showed us that music has the potential to actually make you feel the way you did when Mom or Dad would embrace you with the warmest hug you've ever felt.

The Future:

The evidence I present you with today is ultimately just a collection of individual situations where specific people found specific results. There are a lot of variables when it comes to any research study; therefore, data is never truly certain. We should take these findings as strong suggestions to a possible solution, but we must remember the possibility of failure in our search.

The neurochemistry behind the music and its medicinal properties is just beginning to unfold before the scientific community. In fact, extremely qualified scientists from the National Institute of Health— the organization that basically runs any important medical study in the United States— continue to remind us of the subject's youth with the constant use of "potential" behind any and all of their findings. Therefore, it's our responsibility as a community to look into this— not just that of the scientists at the National Institute of Health.

We're all surrounded by music. It's at the bars. It's in our ears during all-night sessions at the UCF library. It's keeping us awake through East Colonial traffic at 7:00 AM while hordes of students focus on their cell phone screens instead of the paved roads ahead. It's in the shoes we wear, the actions we take, and the words we say. IF YOU'RE READING THIS: it's accessible to you. So, don't be shy, and try to play with your Spotify account, or even just on YouTube, and gauge the power of music. As more and more of us see the light, we can promote the movement and carry on as more research comes out to support us.

Drop the bars, drop those addictive pills that destroy your body slowly, and pick up your headphones and press PLAY.

Just relax, close your eyes, smile, and live.

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I'm THAT person who can't stand summer

Is this normal? Asking for a friend.

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I complained about this previously, but there's more to why I'm not a summer body like everyone else is. I've totally scrolled through my Facebook or Instagram feeds, sighting people relaxing with their toes in the sand, grilling burgers, hiking or traveling around the country.

What am I doing? I'm near the air conditioner contemplating which television series to binge next on Netflix.

Here's a question: am I weird for hating the summer?

I've tried to explain my case to most of my friends, but they either call me crazy, boring, or argue me down. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person that would kill to wear sweaters, walk on autumn leaves in 60-degree weather, or take in the cool breeze on a sunny spring day. Not too hot, not too cold.

Autumn and spring are my favorite seasons of the year. My birthday lands in March, so that gives me more excitement.

But, if anything, I don't get the hype about summertime. I get it, it's a 3-month vacation. You don't have to wear layers of clothes to avoid bitterly cold weather, and instead, you could go shirtless and call it a day.

The sun doesn't set before 7 P.M. and there's a lot you can do.

However, some people tend to forget the humidity, heat waves, poor air quality, mosquitoes and wasps that come along with the summer. I hate it.

I'm a home body when I'm home for the summer. As long as you give me air conditioning, food, music, and a book to read, I'll be fine.

Force me outside in the heat and you'll probably see that I'll get very agitated. Very, very agitated.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind trips to the beach. Boardwalks in the summer are cool. I'm just aware of when it's too hot. Any weather over 85-degree weather, with humidity, is not my thing.

Not to mention, I don't like to show a lot of skin. Maybe that's why I'm so pale. Shorts are cool. Tank tops suck. I hate sweating. Blah.

So, is it normal for me to hate summer? I'm curious.

Tell me what you think in the comments.

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