What Social Media Has Taught Me

What Social Media Has Taught Me

Social Media has taught us a lot about ourselves and others, but sometimes we look past the things starring us in the face.

Social Media has taught me so much. Mostly what my friends are doing, and how many likes they get on their pictures. However, it's taught me some things that I keep in the back of my mind on the daily. We spend so much time tuning into the "new buzz" and keeping up with the latest drama that we forget the disguise that Social Media puts on. It is what keeps us connected, but also what drives us apart. We are all guilty of the following things in one form or another.

1. People Have Way Too Much Time on Their Hands

We all know the FaceBook friends that post about absolutely everything. One moment you are accepting a friend request, and the next you know that they ate pancakes and sausage for breakfast, had a rough day at work, and they really like to update their profile picture.

2. We Are All Stalkers of Some Sort

If you say you haven't scrolled through someones Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, that's great for you... but you're probably lying. When we meet an interesting new person, our first instinct is to find out more about them. What better way to do this than to search them on every social media platform, and why wouldn't we? Facebook tells us if they are current, and family oriented. Twitter tells us their attitude, what they find funny, and what they like to talk about. Instagram tells us who their friends are, what they look like and if they care way too much about themselves to post a selfie every Sunday.

3. People Can't Let Go of the Past

Whether its the occasional "Throwback Thursday" or a simple "Throwback to...", people are so caught up in what happened, not in what is happening. Yes, memories are sacred and we should not let them go, but people go on social media to stay current. We are all guilty of this, however, new posts about prom two years ago is redundant. We all know you went to prom, we saw the pictures when you posted them the first time.

4. Presentation is Everything

Social Media in no way, shape, or form shows who a person really is. Whether it be good selfie lighting, or a picture caught just at the right time of you smiling with friends, you can't tell anything from a few pictures. We become so concerned with making sure people know we are happy and having fun, yet some of the saddest people you will ever meet put on such a brave face.

5. It Will Always be a Competition

Who is having the most fun? Who has the hottest boyfriend? Who has the most friends? Who goes on the best vacations? It's like an Olympic Sport. We want people to idolize us and want what we have. We want the most likes on our Instagram post and the most favorites on our Tweets. It's human nature to want the best, but it's an unwinnable game.

6. People Don't Pick Up the Phone Anymore

Why talk to people when you already have a pretty good idea of what and how they're doing? We forget to call, we forget to text, we forget to have conversations. As unifying as Social Media is, it creates such a tremendous barrier. We feel almost embarrassed to ask how fun the Luke Bryan concert was because we "should've seen the pictures on Facebook".

Social Media is not all bad, in fact, it's amazing and we should be very thankful that something so advanced can keep us so connected. It makes our lives much easier. People should feel free to express themselves in any way they so please, but keep in mind that Social Media and the way others perceive us is not everything. It's just a small part in discovering who we really are.

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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.

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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