Monthly Archives: June 2013

Teens and Social Media

Social media is everywhere. Every advertisement tells you to like a page on Facebook, or follow someone on Twitter, or snap a photo and post it to Instagram. It’s nearly impossible to avoid in today’s society. Additionally, it seems that the overwhelming majority of people using social networks are teenagers. Our lives are on the internet. When we eat good food, or crappy food, or any kind of food really, we need to snap a photo of it and put an “artistic” filter on it and post it on Instagram. We tweet every hour to let our followers know what we’re up to, even if we’re just “bored, lying in bed and watching Sherlock.”

And in all honesty, everybody complains about oversharers, but everyone does it.

Social media has done some good in our society. We can connect to our friends very quickly and easily, find out what everyone in town thinks of a new restaurant, and easily see what new movies and such are coming out. However, I feel like there is a lot of drama on social media, especially on Facebook.

A friend of mine blocks people on Facebook when she’s mad. She has gotten mad at me before and threatened to block me. My initial thought (and only thought, actually) when she said that was, “What?” I found it incredibly ridiculous that blocking me on Facebook even counts as a viable threat! It still makes me laugh even right now. I mean, seriously. Go ahead and block me on Facebook. Not like it affects me that much anyways. Interestingly enough, though, this friend of mine consistently threatens to block people when she’s mad at them. I don’t get why she does that. Nobody ever cares and it just makes them want to provoke her even more. She can’t do anything except block people on Facebook!

I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen an argument on Facebook over the most pointless things. It’s absolutely ridiculous. And of course, it’s under someone’s status for the whole world to see, and you can be sure that they’re enjoying the arguments. Teens are dramatic enough as it is, but if you add a platform like Facebook, where hundreds of “friends” can read everything posted, suddenly everything is amplified. Anyone can add comments that could offend others and light other angry sparks.

YouTube comment arguments are terribly common also. I don’t understand what it is with people, but they always have to call out strangers whenever their opinions differ. Seriously guys, just leave it alone! ONE person thinks One Direction is better than Bon Jovi. Well, too bad for them! They’re missing out on amazing music because they’re too distracted by bubblegum pop and shit. Why does it even matter what some 10-year-old in Nebraska thinks anyways? If you don’t like 1D, don’t listen to them! And don’t expect a ten-year-old to have the same music interests as you do! Another thing I don’t understand is why people watch a music video and say something like, “This music sucks.” If it sucks, then why the hell are you listening to it? That’s just giving the video more views and increasing its publicity.

I use social media sites a lot, but if people would just please stop being such dicks on the Internet, the world would really appreciate it.

Tickle Fights

I’m visiting some family and all of my cousins are under eight years old. One day and eight tickle fights and they’ve already run me out of breath! It makes me miss being that age. They don’t care about homework or impressing crushes. They just run around, screaming and laughing about every little thing. They drag me off my computer screen and make me play with them. Real playing. We chase each other around and have huge pillow fights and race toy cars. And of course, we have tickle fights. Three boys, age 7, 5, and 4 all tackle me onto a mattress and scream, “Let’s fight!! Let’s fight!!” I laugh, stand up, and roar, pretending to be a monster. They scream in pretend terror and scatter around the room. I pop up onto my feet and chase the boys around. One by one, I grab them, pick them up, and toss them onto a mattress as they wriggle and struggle to break my grip, bursting into a fit of giggles.

It’s rare for people my age to play like that. I’ve forgotten how much fun it is. I’ll really miss playing with them once I leave. Being a little kid was so much fun. A cardboard tube was a sword and a pillow our shield, as we battled the couch dragon.

I wish I didn’t have to grow older.

Guy Friends

I have more guy friends than girl friends, and I like things better that way. Guy friends are just so much easier to hang out with. They don’t backstab you, they’re honest with you, and you can tell them to shut up and go away and they’ll come back to you tomorrow like nothing ever happened. I’ve never had a problem with guy friends. They’re so much more genuine and they’re not as judgmental.

However, I have met a few guys who were absolute nightmares. They started arguments over little things, whined about everything, and couldn’t understand why I got mad at them when it was midnight and they were still bugging me after I told them I had a lot of work to finish. It drove me crazy.

If a guy friend causes more problems than a girl friend, he isn’t a good guy friend. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t ask for advice or talk about their feelings. I’m just saying that they shouldn’t become huge burdens.

Quote of the Day

I’d resolve to be less arrogant but I’m too awesome for that!

Still a work in progress xD

Quote of the Day

Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Red Rocks.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Red Rocks. (Photo credit: tracy out west)

My all-original quote of the day…

Life is a bad choir, each singer’s voice clashing and disagreeing with the others to create a glorious, dysfunctional song.

How did I even come up with this?

Materialism and The American Dream

Materialism and The American Dream

The American Dream started out as a dream of freedom. A dream of equal opportunity for all. A dream of a better life through hard work. A dream of being an individual. A dream of liberty.

The American Dream transformed into a dream to improve quality of life for the greatest number possible. A dream of safety. A dream of healthy futures. A dream to spread our ideals of freedom across the globe.

The American Dream then became a dream of education. A dream of the best schools in the world. A dream of the brightest students in a classroom, intelligent eyes intently watching a teacher scrawl the day’s lesson on the blackboard. A dream of the best for the children, the future of America.

But what has become of that dream? What are the people of America looking for now?

As I look upon the sad, consumerist society I live in, it is clear. The dream is no longer a dream of equality. The dream is no longer a dream of being an individual. The dream is no longer even a dream of a better life. The dream is now focused on only one thing: material goods. People want nothing more than to live life as portrayed in the movies, with the fastest cars, the shiniest jewelry, and the newest technology. The media has defined the American Dream simply as “getting stuff.” The people with the greatest amount of material wealth are the happiest, they say. And the worst part is, working hard for that material wealth became rather unnecessary. People simply bought everything with credit. As people spent money they didn’t have on things they didn’t need, they fell deeper and deeper into debt. The people looked everywhere for someone to blame, passing the blame around from the president, to the top 1%, to Wall Street. They failed to place the blame where it often belonged: to themselves. The people could not take responsibility for their own carelessness.

Now, people strive to live like movie stars. People want fame and fortune, and they believe that that is what the American Dream is all about. The dream has shifted from improving life through hard work to a dream of becoming wealthy without doing much at all. It has made us into a lazy, entitled group of people who take everything for granted.

We cannot allow such thinking to overcome us. The nation is obsessed with the accumulation of things and convinced that somehow, buying that new dress will make one happier. Advertisements everywhere try to persuade us that owning those shoes or that handbag will make us happier. Somehow, we came to believe that our worth was measured by the amount of stuff we have. Somehow, we came to believe that we need designer handbags and automatic toothpaste dispensers. Somehow, we came to believe that buying more things will make us happier. But it won’t.

Material possessions will not last forever. The satisfaction from buying that new car will only last a moment, until the next new car comes along, faster than the first. There will always be something better out there.

Perhaps the saddest thing is that no matter how many shiny new toys we buy for ourselves, we never seem to get any happier. We spend so much time dreaming of the new things we can buy thinking that those things will make us happier. But they won’t.

The American Dream is now a dream of extravagant wealth. A dream of fame. A dream of owning the biggest house. A dream of having all of the latest technology. A dream of owning nice cars, the newest gaming systems, and the fastest computers. America is one of the most materialistic countries in the world, and this greed will ruin us all.