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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!


I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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