Our Vibes → This World

Our Vibes → This World

The fact is, whether you realize it or not, every post, every raised hand comment, every Snapchat story, you’re contributing to society.

Merry Christmas.
We’re all depressed.
Can I delete my family or?
I don’t like you, but
I love you more.
To the moon and back.
Feel joy.
Stop romanticizing.
Look forward.

Somewhere out there.

December 7, my professor told us to take from the world around us and make a poem. To look at papers, internet pop-ups, text messages, tweets (you get the gist) and pick ten phrases that intrigue us. Above are my phrases, and above is the poem I created.

Interesting right? All phrases I picked off of various social media sites, mostly Instagram captions. So what was the point? She wanted us to aware of what we bring to this world. The fact is, whether you realize it or not, every post, every raised hand comment, every Snapchat story, you’re contributing to society.You’re contributing to this world.

Now dependent on your post, that could be either amazing, or detrimental. Either way, it’s a downright terrifying thought. With just one post, one comment, one share, you’re shaping this world. Rejecting the trends, or giving into them. You’re deciding what our generation will tolerate and what it will not.

Hilary or Trump? Death penalty or mercy? Pro-life or pro-choice? Love or hate? Acceptance or judgment? These are the questions we face. These are the decisions we have to make before we share that “funny” video of a school fight, or the sweet young boy caught passing his classmate half of his PB&J sandwich at lunch. Think. Decide. Radiate. Our world is defined by us, let's make it a beautiful one.

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5 Cheesy Things I Relearned Being An Adult In This World

When old advice's you previously rejected become the center pieces of your life.

1. It's not what you know it's who you know

Having the right people around you goes a long way in developing yourself as a person. I don’t know what I did to luck out but the people around me whether they were friends of mine, colleagues, and/or family have had my back whenever I needed it and I theirs. They’ve nurtured, guided, and helped me stumble, land, and fall into so many good things in my life that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. Having people that want the best for you in life goes a long way in enabling you to achieve your dreams in an efficient and fortuitous manner.

2. Mistakes are a part of life

They are to be acknowledged, learned from, and understood so that one minimizes the chances of repeating it again. Then again, we are humans and we can bang our heads on a door a thousand times and still come up short on the thousand and one.

At the very least, if we move just an inch closer to the doorway instead of the way every time, we will eventually get to the doorway. But the biggest lesson in here is understanding that mistakes are a part of life. In fact, a life filled with perfection can be the dullest thing in the world.

3. Breakfast. Breakfast. Breakfast. Breakfast.

I’m the king of skipping meals. Simply put I don’t like making food. Quite frankly I’d rather do anything else in the world then take 10, 20, or however long it takes to make a meal for myself but skipping enough meals has shown me how erroneous of a mistake that is. Working all day plus going to school and one quickly runs out of energy to do anything but run to the nearest coffee shop to overdose on caffeine.

4. Life is short

Take time out of your busy day to speak to a loved one on a daily basis. Just choose one person a day to call and just talk. I lost the amount of times that one of my friends appreciated this simple gesture. We’re humans. We like to socialize and engage with each other.

However, in this world, the more tech savvy we become, the less we seem to behave as people and the more isolated we become. Try this with one of your friends or relatives tomorrow and see the sheer amount of good vibes you get when you share your day openly with each other.

5. In the vein of life is short, take time for yourself

Simply taking ten or 20 or even a thousand seconds out of your day and fully appreciating everything that surrounds you in that moment goes a long way in calming your fidgety mind while simultaneously admiring the sheer awesomeness of being a living breathing thing in this world. Not only a living breathing thing but a living breathing thing that is self-aware.

This one has been a life-changer for me. I’m too preoccupied in my head a lot but whenever I meditate or just observe everything around me, including me, I realize how incredibly astonishing it is that we are alive.

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Is Snapchat Negatively Effecting College Students?

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Social media plays a huge part in all of our lives and for some of us, has taken over our lives. One of the major social media platforms is Snapchat. This trendy app allows users to send pictures, chat, and create daily stories, giving a sneak peek into a person’s daily life. Snapchat has a negative effect on college students.

According to an article published on Omnicore, 71 percent of Snapchat users are under 34 and 187 million people use Snapchat daily as of Feb. 6, 2018. With these numbers it is no wonder Snapchat has blown up and is a part of almost every young person’s life. However, that does not mean it is a positive thing. In fact Snapchat has a negative impact on college students.

With more than 10 billion video views daily, college students heavily rely on Snapchat to see others’ lives. When students start relying more on internet relationships and less on face-to-face communication interpersonal communication and social abilities start to slack. According to an article from Business Insider, 60 percent of people using Snapchat use it to chat with their friends.

Some might argue people might still communicate face-to-face as much as they use the app. Well, according to USA Today College, a study conducted for online casino Yazino found that one in four people spend more time socializing online, than they do in person. That is 25 percent of people relying on social media for communication, thus threatening their interpersonal skills. The article goes on to read, “even when there is an opportunity to see people face-to-face, on weekends for example, up to 11 percent of adults still prefer to stay at home and communicate on their devices.”

Using social media more as a communication platform can also create mental health issues, specifically low self-esteem and loneliness. College students are in danger of becoming lonely when those virtual friends are not in their real life. Low self-esteem can also arise when comparing their lives to others via Snapchat. Psychologist Leon Festing from an article published by Cornell University said, “negative self-comparison is when users compare their lives with that of others. Social media sites are the platform for this comparison, setting the stage for insecurities to flourish. Selfies can also create low self-esteem when college students do not receive the recognition they thought they would. According to Omnicore, 50 percent of male college users share selfies and 77 percent of female college students share selfies. When college students share selfies it allows room for low self-esteem to occur.

Snapchat can have a negative effect inside the classroom as well and cause college student to become distracted and procrastinate with their work. According to an article published by North Iowa Area Community College, “the excessive usage of social media by college students causes the students to lose focus during class time and procrastinate. The lack of focus in the classroom has an effect on the student’s performance as they may miss assignment details. According to an psychology instructor at the school, Jeff Platt, “Social media can interfere with learning if students believe multitasking is possible.

So, how can society solve this social media epidemic called Snapchat? Well, college students need to put down their phones during class time and start looking up to build connections and relationships face-to-face. Society needs to stop glamorizing social media and start advocating for real-life communication to help self-esteem, loneliness, and focus. This culture needs to start living in the present because it is in the present that we find our friendships through others.

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