YouTube Confession

22 year old Matthew Cordle was driving under the influence of alcohol and was involved in a fatal car crash. He was driving the wrong way on a highway in Ohio and hit a 61 yea old man who was pronounced dead at the scene. Instead of running away from his mistake, he accepted it and pleaded guilty in the courtroom. “Whatever my sentence may be, there’s no such thing is a fair sentence when it comes to taking a life,” Cordle said.

“Matthew Cordle contacted the website Because I Said I Would on Aug. 9 to arrange his confession regarding the June 22 crash, according to a post on the site. Because I Said I Would encourages people to make promise cards to “remember the importance of your commitments and goals.” In his confession, Matthew begs and begs with all his heart that people  refrain from drinking and driving. He said he was going to serve his time because he knew he deserved it.

The Internet may be frustrating or stupid at times. But it also provides us with inspirational and educational things that can certainly help us in the long run.

http://mashable.com/2013/10/23/matthew-cordle-drunk-youtube-sentenced/

http://mashable.com/2013/09/06/youtube-confess-crash/#

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Netflix DVD’s: Should they stay or should they go?

When I was younger, my sister and I would get up early in the morning to watch our favorite TV show: Digimon. The theme song goes, ” Digimon, digital monster, Digimon are the champions!” We absolutely loved watching it, and we would pick out our favorite monsters and characters. We were extremely sad when the show stopped airing.

Just a few months ago, after weeks and weeks of bugging my mother, I signed up for a Netflix account( best decision of my life!) I was overwhelmed with the amount of movies I could choose from, especially some older ones that I haven’t watched in quite some time. I watched Superstar, starring Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell at least ten times. And then, when I looked through the kids section, I found Digimon! I watched all the episodes and when I was done with them, I watched them again in Japanese. Netflix proved to be worth the money.

I enjoyed the old shows, but I also wanted to see the new movies as well. They had to be ordered and sent via mail in a little red envelope, which took too long for my liking. It made me wonder if Netflix would ever make the newest movies available online too. Netflix is realizing the steady decline of people who spend the extra money to have the DVD’s sent to them. The article on GigaOm  The slow but inevitable decline of Netflix’s DVD business, states that, ” Around seven million customers still pay Netflix to send them DVDs of movies and TV shows via mail. Two years ago, that number was twice as high. Fast forward another two years, and there could be around four million customers left who get their red envelopes from Netflix. Or maybe even less.” The life of the Netflix DVD may be terminated sooner rather than later.

Dating: Then and Now

When Harry Met Sally is a popular film released in 1989 that can be considered the epitome of a dysfunctional love story. Harry and Sally meet when they carpool from The University of Chicago to New York and once they arrive they part ways. A few years later they meet again on a plane and have a conversation and when the plane lands, they part once again. More years pass and Harry and Sally meet at a bookstore where their friendship finally takes shape. They realize in the very end that they love each other and have loved each other for quite some time. The story ends with the couple getting married. Their relationship is envied by many hopeless romantics who find face to face interactions ideal and still hold onto the belief the “chivalry isn’t dead.” Dating has changed significantly since technology has evolved. Going out on the town and meeting new people has been replaced with sitting in front of a computer and searching through profiles on the Internet.

In today’s society, meeting face to face is considered an archaic method. A select few of the older generation see significance in this “ancient” way of communicating. One might say, “Back when I was a young lad, if you wanted to take a girl out, you had to ask her parents first.” When a man wanted to take out a woman, protocol was followed. The man would most likely find this person of interest at school or in his home town. He would need to prove himself worthy to her parents by going to her house and meeting them and answering all of their questions. The relationships centered on personal interaction. In When Harry Met Sally, older couples share their love stories which demonstrate this interaction. One man says, “I was sitting with my friend Arthur Cornrom in a restaurant. It was in the cafeteria and this beautiful girl walked in and I turned to Arthur and I said, “Arthur, you see that girl? I’m going to marry her”, and two weeks later we were married and it’s over fifty years later and we are still married.  Today’s dating is considered far less idealistic than these accounts relay.

Michael J. Rosenfeld of the Department of Sociology at Stanford University did a study called Meeting Online: The Rise of the Internet as a Social Intermediary in 2010. He surveyed and collected data about how people meet, the sexual orientation of people that meet, the ages of people who meet, and how the Internet has impacted all of this. In one of his graphs, the way people meet is exhibited, comparing how the couples met with how many years ago it happened. More than thirty one years ago, over thirty percent of people met through friends, twenty- five percent met through family, fifteen percent met through school or work, ten percent met as neighbors, and zero percent met through the Internet. Fast forwarding to approximately three years ago, some statistics are marginally different while some made more drastic turns. A little over thirty percent still met through friends, about fourteen percent met through family, five percent met as neighbors or in school, ten percent met through work, and almost twenty- five percent met online. The age of face to face interaction has been decreasing incrementally while online contact has seen significant increases.

What makes this online interaction so popular? In some cases, it is more convenient to fill out an online profile and have a service give a match instantaneously. While traditional relationship may take months or years to materialize, online relationships may only take weeks or even days. The quest for a perfect husband or wife is not something that all people look forward to. Some dread the dating scene, so they search for a quick way to find soul mates for their lonely hearts. The Huffington Post, in their article “Online Dating Leads to Higher Marriage Satisfaction, Lower Divorce Rates: Study,” suggests that people may be more honest when behind a computer screen. The “pool or prospective partners” is bigger online.  An article on Mashable.com called, “4 Couples Who Found Love on Social Media” says that, “According to a recent study conducted by Match.com, almost one-third of singles have dated someone they met online. About 20% of those surveyed said they met their most recent first date online, while only 7% said they met at a bar.” No matter who you are looking for or where you are looking, online dating has branched out to serve all types of people.

Some sites on the World Wide Web are specifically dating sites. Some are generic and for every age group like Match.com or eHarmony. Others are for specific ages such as OurTime.com which is for singles over fifty. ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com are faith based while blackpeoplemeet.com is for a certain race. There are a slew of places online for everyone, from fitness fanatics to single parents. The physical appearance of someone is almost absent on dating sites, besides a profile picture. What the relationship first relies on is common interests, dislikes and the conversations that are had. Dating sites are not the only portals to rely on to help one find love.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other chat rooms provide just as much opportunity as dating sites to discover new friendships or new relationships. The article on Mashable.com shares a story about a couple who started on Twitter.  “NY1 traffic reporter Jamie Shupak was covering the big snowstorm in December 2010 when Brian Stelter saw one of her tweets RTed [retweeted] in his stream. He DMed [direct messaged] her, and their correspondence grew from Twitter, to Gmail, to in-person two weeks later. “I scrolled through her tweets, and I knew instantly that I wanted to take her on a date… I liked the personality that was on display on her Twitter profile. You can learn a lot about a person from his or her tweets,” says Brian. This past September the two moved in together and currently live in NYC.”  Having the advantages of talking online is helpful for many who stress about their love life or feel they lack to time or motivation to go out and meet new people.

In his study, Rosenfeld brings up the point that, “The power of Internet search is especially important in identifying potential partners for individuals who face a thin dating market. Gays, lesbians, and middle-aged heterosexuals all face thin dating markets, and these are the groups that are most likely to rely on the Internet to find their partners. Additionally, the traditional relationship brokerage institutions of family, the church and the workplace were never remotely as useful to gays and lesbians as they were to heterosexuals.” Online dating provides hope for the hopeless. It can connect a person with the billions of other people in our world today.

For those who frown upon online dating, their minds are considered to be stuck in the past. The traditional way of communicating and carrying out a relationship is far healthier and saner, to their belief. Online dating is not something to be scoffed at, however. It is simply a new method of meeting new people. The world and its technology is changing, and the way relationships are founded is changing right with it. Going out on the town and meeting new people has turned into sitting in front of a computer and searching through profiles on the Internet. In the end, if love is found, does the method of finding that love even matter?

To see my blog post on online dating, click here!

Online Dating

My parents met each other when they were in their twenties. My mom worked in one store, and my dad in another that was close by. They would stop in to see each other and talk. Then he asked her out and they went to the movies. A couple months later they were engaged and a couple months after that they were married. A couple years after that, I arrived.

Back when my grandparents and parents met each other, everything happened either face to face, by letter or through a phone call. Some say it is the “traditional” way of dating and having a relationship.  Times have changed and now meeting people online has become a great way of getting to know someone.

“According to a recent study conducted by Match.com, almost one-third of singles have dated someone they met online. About 20% of those surveyed said they met their most recent first date online, while only 7% said they met at a bar.” Online dating has become more frequent and more acceptable over the years. Sites like Match.com or ChristianMingle.com aren’t the only sources of this activity. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and other communities are resources too. “People today are finding love online through social media interactions that lead to something much more.”

To read more about online dating, click here!

http://mashable.com/2013/02/14/couples-social-media/

Alleged Bullying Victim Commits Suicide

Some articles that I read make me stop and think, “what is wrong with our world today?” I came across one such article today and it made my jaw drop.

A 12 year old girl named Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide by jumping off a tower on September 9th. Why did she do such a thing? According to multiple reports, it was because she dated a girl’s 14 year old ex boyfriend.  If you even consider it to be dating at a young age like 12 or 14, it doesn’t matter. What is important is that bullying serious, it happens, and it should not go unnoticed.

Two girls, ages 12 and 14, were charged as juveniles with felony aggravated stalking on Monday. The 14 year old, whose ex boyfriend dated Rebecca, “sent online messages to Rebecca, calling her “ugly,” telling her to “drink bleach and die” and encouraging Rebecca to kill herself. Both girls also threatened to beat Rebecca up, and got into a physical fight with her at least once, police said.”

Rebecca took what they said to heart and ended her own life. How did the 14 year old respond? She posted a status on Facebook saying ” Yes I know I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself, but I don’t give a f—k. <3″

There are no words I can even say to express my disgust about some people in today’s society. People should just take into account that they are no better than anyone else. We are all human beings and we all have feelings that can be hurt. Do unto others what you would want done to you.

http://mashable.com/2013/10/15/bullying-teen-brags-facebook/

Internet is the New Television

With Internet available, it is so easy to go to the search engine and find seemingly endless results. Videos, music and other media that broadcasts on television can easily be viewed on Youtube, Hulu and other sites. In fact, the TV has become less of a necessity in some cases.

According to a study done by the New York Times, 34% of the millennial generation watch online videos or no broadcast TV at all.  Video hosting sites are where most videos are watched, followed by Social Media, TV sites, News and Sports.  The number one topic that is viewed is funny video clips. Movie trailers, music videos, news, TV shows, instructional videos, sports and weather are some other reasons Internet users tune in online.

New televisions with higher definition are being released, but who is going to watch them since the Internet is the new television? The baby boomer and Gen X generations have that covered. It makes me wonder, when the millennial are an older generation, will televisions even be in use anymore?

http://gigaom.com/

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/225528/third-of-millennials-watch-no-broadcast-tv/

Harry Potter: Remixed

The media in today’s society has people wondering, “Is anything even original anymore?” The Star Wars saga was based off of scenes from other movies and Twilight was based on vampires, of which there are plenty of other vampire films. Rappers drop the same beat, singers use the same templates for their songs, and investigative television shows such as Bones or CSI are created at every turn. One concept is linked to another, interconnecting another, and yet another. It is a never-ending cycle. One could argue that everything is a remix. Yet there is one idea that started off as an original but was later made into remixes. Harry Potter started as a unique concept, but was later morphed and mutated. It set fans into a remixing frenzy. Joanne Rowling did not just create a best-selling book, she created a whole new world that went viral. Due to the books, movies, video games, websites and attractions, Harry Potter is a prime example that everything is a remix.

Harry Potter is a series of seven books about a boy wizard. These books have turned into movies, video games, YouTube parodies, Saturday Night Live skits, theme parks, and much more. Harry Potter has taken over the world as if it were an epidemic. The books weren’t what started it all, however. The life of the author was the true inspiration.

Joanne Rowling’s life was not as glamorous as it is today. She was born in England and had a mother, father and sister. She always had a passion for writing, and some of the ideas for Harry Potter were drawn from her youth. She had a difficult childhood and was brought up in the suburbs just like Harry. She even had a cupboard under the stairs just as Harry lived in in the first novel. Her birthday, July 31st, is also Harry’s birthday. Later on in her life her family moved to a small village on the edge of the Forest of Dean. It was filled with creatures and beautiful landscape that was magical for any young child roaming its paths. She incorporated the forest into many parts of her books. These similarities are minor compared to all the tragic events she endured.

The two biggest influences on the Harry Potter series were her relationship with her father and the slow loss of her mother. Her whole life had been an up and down battle with her father. They never had a good relationship and she was always frightened of him. For this reason, Joanne created fatherly figures in Harry’s life, such as Dumbledore, Sirius Black and Hagrid, since she never had one of her own. Her mother was involved in her life, but not for too long.

Joanne’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was fifteen years old, and it took a toll on the whole family. Her mother had a steady decline in health and passed away. “I had been writing for six months before she died and, the weird thing is, the essential plot didn’t change after my mother died, but everything deepened and darkened,” Rowling said. “Harry was always going to lose his parents. And it was always going to be a quest really to avenge them, but to avenge everyone against this, this creature — this being who believes that he can make himself immortal by killing other people. So that’s, that that’s something I’d created before she died, but yes, it’s seeped into every part of the books. I think, in retrospect now I’ve finished I see just how much it informed everything” (A Day in the Life). The sadness of her mother’s death grew into a depression later on in her life.

The Dementor, which first appears in the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was created to represent Joanne’s depression after she divorced her first husband. The book describes them as such: “Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places. They glory in decay and despair. They drain peace, hope and happiness out of the air around you. Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you.” Just reading that description can give a reader chills.

            The Harry Potter books take place in a magical, somewhat scary and unrealistic place, but are still filled with all the trials and tribulations of real life. They bring up serious topics like love and family, trust, loyalty, integrity and the fight against evil. They are no longer just books, but rather a global phenomenon. The idea that Kirby Ferguson relayed in his video, “Everything’s a Remix” is very appropriate to Harry Potter. Ferguson’s definition of remixing is the act of combining or editing existing material to make something new. It originally had to do with music, but has since spread its wings to cover basically every creative product. Harry Potter is no exception.

The first novel was released in 1997. The books were the first product one could consider to be remixed. J. K Rowling’s life experiences were shaped into her books, and twisted around so they would capture the reader.  Then, her books were being altered for the movies. Just four years after the first novel, the first movie was released. Several scenes in the book were changed to make the movies more thrilling, and some scenes were added that weren’t in the original manuscript. The title was changed from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  The remixing of Harry Potter did not stop there.

Many a YouTube user has fed off of Harry Potter and the outcome has been some highly entertaining viral videos. Harry Potter Puppet Pals depict the characters as puppets. The most famous, The Mysterious Ticking Noise, has 145,799,671 views and provides the audience with a catchy tune. That video, which is a remix of Harry Potter, now has its own remixes. Another famous YouTube rendition is Harry Potter in 99 Seconds, where the plot of Harry Potter is told in just 99 seconds through song. Harry Potter- How it should have ended is a popular cartoon video that completely changes the whole plotline and uses crude humor to do so. Looking up Harry Potter in the YouTube search engine would get you pages upon pages of parodies, cartoons, interviews and much more. You might discover Saturday Night Live skits about Harry Potter that Daniel Radcliff, the actor for Harry in the films, performed in. Videos are not the only form of remixes that are out there, though.

Pottermore.com is an interactive site designed to let the user live through the books. If you are a member, you are put into a house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and you live the life of a witch or wizard. This includes casting spells and making potions. The description on Pottermore.com states that it is, “a unique online experience from J.K. Rowling, built around the Harry Potter books. Pottermore is the place to explore more of the magical world of Harry Potter than ever before and to discover exclusive new content from J.K. Rowling.”  Other interactive games are video games. Like Pottermore.com, the player lives vicariously through Harry Potter characters. Several games were conceptualized and released after the series proved worthy and are still available for Xbox, Nintendo, and other gaming consoles.

What is available on the shelves or on the Internet for Harry Potter is plentiful and never ending. J. K. Rowling never thought that the world would take to her books so well. Universal Studios added a new section to its theme park, called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. YouTube shows Harry falling in love with Hermione in one video, and in love with Ron in another. Harry is seen singing parodies of Rebecca Black’s Friday and Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. Even Voldemort has his own Twitter account, saying things like “A psychopath is better than no path!” and, “#thingsihatemost muggles.” Harry Potter is well known for its books but equally known for all the other spin offs created. It is proof that everything is a remix. The magic never dies.

Youtube Links!

The Mysterious Ticking Noise- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx1XIm6q4r4

Harry Potter in 99 Seconds- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y57sYHIDP_Y

How it should have ended-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GweaS_8xcc

Facebookville

For many workers, commuting is a big problem. Driving in morning traffic and wasting gas tests patience and hurts bank accounts. But what if commuting would never be a problem and you could wake up, step out the door, and be at work instantly?

Facebook has created a $120 million dollar housing unit for its workers in the California area. These 394 units are walking distance from work, include sports bars and doggie daycares, and has a doctor’s office on site. Employers could dine in the man restaurants on the premises or have their bike repaired in the bike shops available.  

“In seeking to reduce the commute for its employees, Facebook walks a fine line between pampering its workers and creating an environment in which there is no delineation between work and home. The complex has already been nicknamed “Zuckland” and “Facebookville” and likened to the company towns of the early 20th Century in which workers were little more than indentured servants to their employers.”

This “town” would only be able to house ten percent of the Menlo Park staff. Would it even be worth it?

http://mashable.com/2013/10/03/facebook-housing-complex/

Heat Activated Flashlight

Picture this: a storm has brewed. Lightening strikes an thunder crackles. In one split second, the power in your house shuts off. You make your way through the dark, feeling your way to the drawer you keep your flashlight in. You find it and flip the switch, just to realize that the batteries are dead. Now what?

“Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old high school student from Victoria, British Columbia, designed a flashlight that’s powered entirely by body heat — specifically, heat produced from the palms of your hands.” This ” hollow flashlight” is designed to stay lit for u to twenty minutes once it senses heat. The money you spend on batteries could be saved, and getting stuck in the dark would not be a problem anymore. it is also very easy to use. ” [the flashlight] is made up of Peltier tiles. Basically, there are lots of different pairs of these two similar metals sandwiched in between two ceramic plates, and I use four of them. The warmest part of the hand is the palm area, which is where I decided to focus. It’s that easy: You just put your palm on the tiles and it lights up.”

Ann is scheduled to appear at the Google Science Fair with her flashlight, along with fourteen other young inventors.

http://mashable.com/2013/09/10/hollow-flashlight/

Essay #2: Social Media: Ego Booster and Mood Depressor

Wake up. Put on outfit. Take picture of outfit and post it on Facebook. Caption it “outfit of the day, press the like button ;).” Go get breakfast. Go on Facebook. Hope you have notifications. New comment on photo. “You look so gorgeous girl!” Feel flattered. Eat breakfast. Go to school. Have lunch. Check Facebook before class. Ten likes on your photo. Check to see if they are from boys. They are. Feel flattered. Gain confidence. Feel happy. Go to class. Go home. Check Facebook. Eight more likes. One more comment. This one is from a boy.  “Wow you are beautiful.” Message him. Develop feelings for him. Give him your number. Go do homework. Stop homework after five minutes to check Facebook.  No notifications. Get depressed. Wonder why no one else likes your photo. Finish homework and go eat dinner. Wait a longer amount of time to go on Facebook. Maybe more people would have seen the picture and you will have a ton of notifications. Go on Facebook after dinner. One like. One comment. Both from your mom. “Honey I like that outfit, but when did you go shopping. I told you not to spend more money.” Great. Thanks mom. Get annoyed. Go watch TV. Get ready for bed. Turn off the lights. Get in bed. Tell boy you were texting, “I’m going to bed, text you tomorrow, goodnight!<33” Plan on not texting him tomorrow. He is boring. Check Facebook. No notifications. What is wrong with the picture? Get self-conscious. Look at the picture. Stare at picture for a long time. Analyze picture. Realize your nose it what looks weird. Realize you don’t like it. Realize your hair is sticking up. Remember that your mom commented on it. Delete picture. Decide to post another one in the morning. Log off of Facebook. Go to sleep. Eight hours later. Wake up. Put on outfit. Take picture of outfit and put it on Facebook.

            Facebook is a never ending cycle. Many a person, including myself, will squander precious time on social networking sites just so they can receive some sort of self-satisfaction. That sound your phone makes when you get a notification from Instagram is like a dog when his owner shakes the treat bag. The sound heard when someone tweets you might as well be the sound of celestial music as heaven’s gates open up. Interaction through Facebook or any other social media makes us feel special. Humans love to talk about themselves and make themselves known, which can become concerning. Social media is an issue in today’s society because online activity is translating into our offline lives; it is an addiction that affects emotional and mental health.

            “Humans may get a neurochemical reward from sharing information, and a significantly bigger reward from disclosing their own thoughts and feelings than from reporting someone else’s.” Frank Rose says this in his article, “The Selfish Meme: Twitter, dopamine, and the evolutionary advantages of talking about oneself.” Rose explains how MRI scans were conducted to see what stimulated the brain. Talking about one’s own opinions seemed to engage the test subject more than talking about someone else. To any social media user, this is completely obvious. Why would you want to talk about other people’s accomplishments when you could talk about your own? Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Vine, and all the other types of social media are used to advertise oneself to a specific audience. Fifteen-year-old Stacy posts a status saying, “Going to the gym because I’m getting fat,” because she wants people to say, “Stacy you aren’t fat, you look great!”  Eighteen-year-old Louis tweets, “So bored, I wish I had someone to hang out with #bored #lonely #hitmeup #please #illpayyou,” because he wants people to respond to him.  Sixteen-year-old Gina posts a picture of herself on Instagram with the caption, “lookin’ mad gross today,” just so people can comment and say she looks beautiful. Approval of others is very important for one’s own ego.

Not everyone has this self-absorbed behavior online but for those who do, the comments and likes create a high that makes social networking addicting. “Researchers have previously shown that certain online activities—such as checking your e-mail or Twitter stream—stimulate the brain’s reward system. Like playing a slot machine, engaging in these activities sends the animal brain into a frenzy as it anticipates a possible reward: often nothing, but sometimes a small prize, and occasionally an enormous jackpot….. we get high from being on the receiving end of social media.”  Rewards, as Rose states in his article, are what drive people to continue their destructive online behavior. Social sites act as a stimulant like the high from a drug.

            Many users can admit to getting this “high” on occasions. However, not receiving any approval creates another feeling on the other end of the spectrum: depression. The research article “Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults,” states that, “Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.” Depression is a phenomena, and social media can start a depression domino effect. Users may feel worse and worse about themselves when they aren’t receiving any sort of reaction on Facebook or from any social network.

Depression occurs from lack of attention, but it also can be derived from what is on the network. Relationship statuses are changed, which can lead to broken hearts and crushed dreams. A friend posts a picture of their weekend, and then you are left to wonder why you weren’t included in that excursion. A picture of Jesus is shared and is captioned “Like this if you love Jesus. If you don’t you are going to hell.” Social sites are sometimes scary and depressing places and can contribute to one’s already darkened spirit.  

Many of the dejected users of Facebook and other social media have turned to the creation of alternate egos. For the despairing, they find themselves changing their own personality, likes, and dislikes just so they can be noticed. Desperate times call for desperate measures. A whole new person is created, and you may not be happy with that person, but everyone else is. Those users are having an identity crisis. A good example of this is Catfish.

Catfish, the television show on MTV, is a perfect example of social media and how it is linked to self-satisfaction or depression. Urban Dictionary describes the term “catfish” as “someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.” On Catfish, many of the culprits are dissatisfied with their looks, so they use fake images to draw in their “prey.” Insecurity and loneliness drive this attention-seeking method, even though some of the offenders have a hard time admitting it.

At the end of the day, the catfish realize that the attention is nice, but it typically leads to depression. They are still the same person they were when they logged on to Facebook, and they can’t change that. Eventually, they will need to tell the truth. It is unavoidable. The goal of catfishing is to find someone who takes the loneliness away, but in reality, they just seem to isolate themselves even more. The self- satisfaction of catfishing someone is temporary, and the guilt and misery are eminent and long lasting. Yet some catfish still continue with their fabricated lives because once started, they are not sure how to stop.

Another negative effect caused by social media includes bullying.  Many users have been bullied over sexual orientation, race, religion, social status, looks or even relationships.  According to bullyingstatistics.org, “Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.”  Another statistic touts, “One million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook during the past year.” (Consumer Reports, 2011)  Posting hurtful comments and spreading rumors account for much of the cyberbullying.   The detrimental effects caused by cyberbullying include depression, anxiety and even suicide.  DoSomething.org says that, “Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.” The good connotation associated with social media is overshadowing the problems lying within it.

Social media is an issue in today’s society because online activity is translating into our offline lives. Most avid social media users can agree that their day starts and ends with checking the Internet. Like the opening paragraph describes, the life of a social networker is chaotic and unproductive. It leads anywhere from euphoria to depression, personality changes, bullying, and life-altering decisions. Life is no longer lived for oneself, but rather for the whole world to see and judge.

**The purpose of my essay is to relay the message that social media is an issue in today’s society because online activity is translating into our offline lives; it is an addiction that affects emotional and mental health. My goals are to identify and clarify the problems and also to educate those who were unaware that social media was a problem in the first place. I believe the younger generation would benefit from reading this article for several reasons. First, to make them aware that social media use is a problem and second, to let them know that, if any of the points apply to them, they are not alone. The older generations that read it would most likely be shocked that this is a big problem in today’s society, so I would be concerned with their reactions. My final goal for this essay would be that the readers would take away one thing; social media is not so important that you have to base your life around it. Time is precious and it should be spent on more important people and things.