Words To The Social Media Generation: Keep Doing What You're Doing

Words To The Social Media Generation: Keep Doing What You're Doing

Sorry, but we won't stop advancing.
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The older generations try to shame us into thinking that using our phones and connecting with others through means of social media is wrong. You should never tweet out what you are thinking, never ever post a selfie on Instagram, quit making live videos of your adventures, and definitely stop snapchatting your friends. My response to that is no. With all due respect to the elder generations, why are we not allowed to use what technology is relevant? Why are we being shamed for being a part of our generation? This is all quite unfair.

Each generation had its own type of technology, and maybe I am just unaware of the tech-shaming they received, but why can’t we revel in our newest findings? We have the ability, now more than ever, to make and keep connections with people, all over the world. How cool is that? Did you ever think that maybe we could be the next peacemakers? Making all these connections and keeping them strong makes us more versed in world culture than most of the generations before us. We have the abilities to research anything we want. While some things may not be the truth, we have the ability to search out and find what we need. And yes, we still do go to the library; it isn’t some empty room in our school withholding all the books. It allows us to network with other professionals and make better connections. I legitimately found out about this internship with Odyssey through a Facebook page the application was shared on. I otherwise would not have had such an amazing opportunity given to me, being from a very small town.

Over the years, each generation seemed to have their own thing. From short haircuts and risky dancing to literally leaving home to do drugs and live a free life, but why is this any different? Isn’t it much safer than some of the iconic symbols that came from some generations?

I think we should take full control of what we have available to us. We are a whole new generation that is able to develop brand new ways to use technology. From things as simple as keeping connected with friends and family to things larger than us, like medical advances, why should we stop evolving? I do not see a reason to tell us we are wrong for being in love with social media. For me, I’ve gained confidence in myself, the ability to form posts and emails in a professional manner, and have created amazing connections I otherwise never would have had the chance to make.

So what if I want a few likes on my selfie to make me feel a little better about myself? I don't see why a little confidence boost is such a bad thing. So what if tweeting sad song lyrics helps my bad day out a little bit? I don't see why there's anything wrong with a little release. So what I like to live video the adventures of my hike? I want to include my friends in on my fun, and there is nothing wrong with that. And as for my 200 day streak, I don't see what is wrong with staying connected to one of my best friends I never get to see. We got pretty lucky to be able to keep in contact with so many people, and meet so many people because of social media. I never would've gotten to be really close with my best friend because our friendship started over talking on Snapchat. I know I am not alone on any of these things. I know there are thousands, if not millions, of other people around my age that feel the same way.

So, keep taking selfies, documenting your trips, and discovering new ways to connect with people from all over. We are the generation of technology and we have the chance to evolve it. Take your social media and run with it, create iconic things. Use technology in the best ways possible and keep advancing forward. Don’t take no for an answer. Let’s make this our positive mark on the world.
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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Switch From PC To Mac

I'm not proud I feel this way... but I do.

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I know that quite literally speaking Apple is the capitalist devil; however, they might just be on to something. Honestly, I'm not the type of person to drop any money on a laptop because being the youngest in my family has taught me that hand-me-downs are more than just clothes and the whole process really does save a lot of money. As I've been gearing up to go to grad school and experiencing a number of random black outs from my Old Gal, it became clear that I'd need a real new laptop this time. All in all, being 21 has taught me very few things so far, but I have officially learned that the world of hand-me-down laptops was just child's play. This Brand New s*** is the real deal.

Technological advancement is wild.

Even Obama knows.

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About a decade ago, I was still logging onto AIM and playing pinball on my family's desktop. Now I have a computer that I turn on by touching with my fingerprint and a bad thing that I don't even know how to coherently explain without using sound effects. All of which is technology I don't understand.

They look good.

Patenting Intensifies

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I've always prided myself on being immune to the trap that is sleek, minimalist design, but honestly, after downgrading from my clunky Dell, I can honestly say I feel 100% cooler carrying my MacBook Pro around. Even just typing on it feels different. And before you say anything about how superficial this revelation is, please note that my Dell had a News display screen and was so heavy that it began to hurt my back. When I was studying abroad in South Korea this summer, Most times I chose to leave it in my dorm instead of going through the gruesome task of taking it anywhere with me. Yes, I could've lifted weights. Yes, I could've gone to the gym. No, I could not have 'just picked a lighter computer' (because of the whole hand-me-down thing). So yes. I'm enjoying this.

It's so easy.

That was easy button.

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Apple and Android users alike stick to their old systems through the rationalization of the difficulty of switching; however, it is much more simple than it seems. Especially if you are someone who has an iPhone but uses windows systems. Although there are some interface things I'm getting used to-- why on Earth would you even need the command button? Like am I blackoutssupposed to memorize all these shortcuts?-- overall, most of the things make sense in the grand scheme of usage and the system that it is in.

The Apple system is so enticing.

Steve Jobs was really about taking as much of your money as possible.

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It is crazy that someone with an Apple Watch, Mac, and iPhone could download an app and make a to-do list or tell Siri some bright idea they got while laying in bed at 3 am and access it from any of their devices at any time the next day. Say you forgot your phone at home? Don't worry. If you have internet or a cellular connection, you can receive your messages and calls right to your wrist (or laptop). Overall, the system makes life easier by maximizing your ability to make the most out of the technology available to you.

Apps really do make your life better.

There really is an app for everything.

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We've all heard someone somewhere say something along the lines of "Apps are the future of technology, And I mean. They were low-key right. There is literally an app for everything. From note-taking, to organization, to money management, to design, to almost anything you can think blackouts. And multiple versions of the same app, which sync your devices together, making your only obstacle literally Yourself and your willingness to use them. Someone tell apple to hire me to write a commercial please.

Yes, the price point is high. Yes, Apple has become a company that can get away with being less innovative and increasingly more expensive compared to its opponents. Yes, their reputation affords them the room to do almost anything-- or not do anything-- and get away with it. With merchandise like this; however, I am surprised it is only as bad as it is now. Might as well take advantage of the system while we can still (barely) afford to, no?

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