Is Social Media degrading our youth?

As I was running on the treadmill today, I was watching the news (yes, that’s right the traditional news on TV) I heard about a story that is being investigated in many counties in North Carolina about the circulation of nude photos by high school students on Instagram. What has our world come to if girls are degrading themselves on social media by posting nude photos? Don’t they know that anyone can see these? And there are series consequences that can come from these nude photos… a year of jail time for distributing these types of pictures to minors. Bet the girls didn’t know that.

It made me wonder if all this access and use of social media is changing the minds of youth for the worse, making unacceptable things acceptable in their minds. Middle school students that are involved in this case are even involved, and middle school students are only 11 to 13 years old. This is too young to be exposed to nude photos. What is going to be happening with them when they are say, 18 or 20.

These nude photos taken by the girls can go even deeper into a possible debate on how women are constantly being sexualized in the media, and is this affecting the younger generation of girls? Do they think that because they sent pictures of them nude, that makes them sexy to boys? Could these thoughts be stemmed from all the media that surrounds us today, that continuously is feeding us pictures and scenes of girls wearing barely any clothes to get attention?

I think there are a lot of problems with this situation, and honestly it is probably just going to get worse as the media world continues to grow. So, what can we do about it? Schools are implementing educational programs around the area to reiterate the seriousness and consequences of unsafe behavior online or through social media.

Is this the answer? Or do we need to start doing more to save our nation’s youth from shameful behavior?

To read more about this situation…



Is the sports business going out of business like the rest of traditional media?

As I am sitting here watching both golf and the Daytona 500, I started to think about whether or not we will be watching sports on Netflix like the rest of TV that we watch nowadays? Today, traditional TV just not as important as it used to be. If we miss one our shows, we either pull it up on DVR or we go to Netflix and catch up on the season. What happened to calling our friends to all come over and watch the season finale of a show together?

So, in that ramble about TV my question was being explored… but, lets think about sports. People make it a point to turn on the TV to watch their favorite team play in the big bowl game or watch a rivalry of their favorite two teams (I know there wasn’t a Carolina or Duke fan not watching the game last week). And what about big events that only happen once a year, like the Daytona 500 or Wimbledon or the Masters?

I say as long as there is a love for the sport and you are a passionate fan, you will make it an appointment to not miss the sporting event. There’s no time shifting the event with DVR. And you certainly won’t be able to go watch it on Netflix.  That is why sports will last even though traditional TV watching is fading. Live + Value + Passion= an audience.


Is social media killing society’s politeness?

Have you ever had a huge argument through FB posts? Or added your polarizing opinion about something going on on Twitter?

Well, you’re one of the many who would rather use social media to say your negative comments rather than in person. People’s conversations and dialogue on social media is becoming more and more hostile because there are no repercussion for what you type into a little box on your computer screen. You don’t get yelled at through your computer, or get to see the other person crying on the other side of the screen. 88% of people are more likely to to be impolite on social media, according to

And let’s not get started about the decline in in-person contact… Baby boomers these days say they would rather use social media for a emotional conversation rather than talking in person. What is happening to society? If this is our youth being raised to have their relationships through tablets, phones, and laptops… then our world is screwed. At this rate, we will probably just all be sitting in our rooms in the future in front of a computer screen with no human interactions to keep our personal relationships alive.

Fun Fact about the conversational fights through social media.. “it is unsurprising that 81 percent say the difficult or emotionally charged conversations they have held over social media remain unresolved – See more at:” And because of this, we resort to “unfriending”, blocking, or unsubscribing.

Social media is ultimately just destroying personal interaction which is necessary for personal relationships. We need to start using these social media sites for their positive aspects, and not using them negatively.

Has technology changed the way we study?

I grew up doing the traditional way of studying. I had taken my notes on paper during class time, and I would make write out note cards for all the information, which I would use to help quiz myself and learn the information. Luckily, I was blessed with a pretty great photographic memory, so just rewriting the notes onto note cards was one of the most helpful parts.

I spent all night last night studying for a big test I have this morning (and yes, I am now blogging instead of studying before my test)… another sign of multitasking because of technology… but where was I? Oh right, so my studying all night has not consisted of writing out my notes onto paper note cards. Instead, I have used the online note cards, called Quizlet, a website that allows you to make sets of note cards. All you have to do is type in the terms. Except, I found myself saving time, and copy and pasting the term and the definition from my notes (which were not taken on paper, rather typed-up in class on a word document). I got to thinking this morning as I got up early… Why do I not know this information as well as I should after studying for so long?

Ding ding ding! It was the way I consumed it, typed it out, and studied it on a screen.

Technology has completely changed the way I learn now. I no longer write things on paper… Please, that takes too long! I instead whip out my handy dandy laptop and start typing.

But, sometimes… while I am typing and “listening” in class, I zone out to a website, or Facebook, or I check Twitter, or I text from my IMessage on my computer, or I look at pictures, or I browse a online-shopping catalog.

No wonder I am not taking in the information and learning as well.

Kids these days have no longer grown up with the traditional learning methods, and have not necessarily been taught the same way due to the growing amount of technology.

We have e-textbooks, tablets, laptops… who needs paper and a chalkboard.

I found an article that states the top 12 ways that technology has changed learning…. I was so interesting to actually see this because, when I think back to elementary school, everything was so different in the world of learning. And, I think I learned the material better.


UNC/Duke Tweets Go Viral

So, I am browsing Facebook this morning, just killing some time… And I see this link that has been shared on Facebook about the UNC/Duke tweets that were hilarious after the UNC-Duke game was postponed. I had already seen a few from my Twitter feed the night that it happened, but I decided I wanted to get a good laugh. I followed the link to this page..

While I was reading these hilarious tweets that got recognition as the “Top UNC/Duke tweets of the day,” I saw the last one by our one and only JOMC 240 teacher, John Robinson. Way to get on the top tweets, John!

The variety of all the different people who posted is what really caught my attention. There are people posting on Twitter from students, to professors, to alumni, to coaches, and also reporters and writers. Twitter has become a quick place for us to express our thoughts in a short amount of words. And many times, trends like this that we see on Twitter go viral. We even discussed it in class about the problems a tweet can cause with a majority of people.

So, do we think Twitter is an acceptable place to give our opinions. Do we want the world to have the chance to see, in the chance that it was to go viral? Do we think that people overreact to these small texts?

I personally like Twitter for the humor aspect, but everyone has their own opinions and how they like to share it. Mine is not going to end up on Twitter, that’s for sure.


Spending my time watching TV, but I’m not watching it on the TV…

So I am sitting in bed this morning, watching my guilty pleasure, Gossip Girl, on Netflix and it hit me that I haven’t turned on a TV to actually watch the shows that I love live (other than the Today Show), in a really, really long time. What is happening to live television? Everyone I know now just watches their favorite shows on Netflix whenever they want, and why? Well that’s simple. It is convenient to watch whenever you want and there are NO COMMERCIALS.

That’s the best part about Netflix. No commercials.

But, where is this leading our traditional use of television? And, not to mention, what is going to happen to the marketing world if everyone is watching Netflix and not watching their ads on TV? Are commercials and ads going to have to be adapted into these sites like Netflix and Hulu Plus?

Facebook’s Paper App

So, after our discussion about Facebook’s new app, Paper, I decided to download it and check it out. And surprisingly, I actually like it. This is kind of rare of me to like because although I have a Twitter and Facebook, I don’t necessarily spend much time on them on a regular basis, except just checking Facebook for a couple minutes at a time. I think Paper has something to offer though. We talked about its sleek interface, which I definitely think organizes the App well and makes it easy to use. But, I also think it’s going to bring a lot more attention to websites, news articles, blogs, etc. that they would have never have found without it. It gives you a chance to browse a topic in an organized way and pick what you want to spend your time paying attention to or reading deeper.

I know for me personally, It is making me more aware of news, with it’s headline page. I am not one to check the news often in a newspaper (sorry John Robinson), or turn on the news unless I am home with my parents or its the Today show. So, this gives me a chance to look at many different news stories easily and quickly.

But, I guess thinking a little deeper into this app. Do we think it is going to save Facebook? I think it will give Facebook more revenue through this app, but I don’t think it will affect the normal Facebook because they are just too different.

I think overall the Paper app is a very creative new addition to the app and social media world. It’s making us aware of things we didn’t even know were out there.

Technology Worsening ADD and ADHD

So while I was running on the treadmill today, I was watching The View and they actually had an interesting conversation going on between them. They brought in a doctor to explain how our technology consumption is worsening ADD and ADHD with those who have it. The conversation made sense… those with ADD are already distracted and unfocused enough as is, but adding all the technology we have today (computers, phones, tablets, etc.) is just making it worse because it additional stimuli being put into our world causing us to lose even more focus.

I looked into this a little more and found this video that puts it very simply….

It was interesting to hear this conversation because I think that even people without ADD and ADHD are being affected. At least I know this is true for me. I lose focus right away on say, reading an article online. Either my phone buzzes or I click over to Facebook. My focus is all off these days and I really wonder if technology has played a big part in this…

Superbowl XLVIII

Wow, what a let down… I usually love the Superbowl for the all the different advertisements. Along with the actual football game… But, this year was such a bad display of both. There are usually many different advertisements that stick out to me during the game, but I can’t even recall any of them. And It’s amazing to think how much money was spent making those advertisements and paying for the Superbowl slot. It’s interesting how the Superbowl has become more than just a big football game. It is all about sponsors, and advertisements. Why is this? What can;t it just be a simple game for football still? This media disruption and commercialization isn’t just happening with the Superbowl. Think about the Olympics… It is not just a competition of displaying pure athletic competition anymore, its all about the media aspects, sponsors, and how much companies can get their advertisements out there to endorse their companies. Yes, all these things usually provide entertainment, but are they ruining these traditional events?