Can you Take The Plunge?

 

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Was there ever a time when social media was used for connecting and learning new things and not bragging. I mean is it just me or does it seem that everyone is only on social media to brag about what they have? At times while I scroll through my social media pages it seems like everyone is looking for a pat on the back (a like or comment) on how well they are doing at the gym, or that they got a new car, ring, house etc. Perhaps this is why people are more likely to become depressed when being a frequent social media user.

Social media allows for a fake reality where it is easy to lie and only portray the good aspect of your life rather than the bad. I mean you don’t see people very often putting on Facebook like “I’m having a really bad day today I got yelled at by my boss; then I come home to find my boyfriend in bed with another women” no you wouldn’t see that but you will see “My boyfriends the sweetest and I love him” or “I just picked myself up this new tv and surround sound #blessed #bejealous”. Trust me I’ve seen it more times than I can count. People think that a particular individual has the best life and they get everything they want and their boyfriends seems so romantic because thats what they want you to see. But when in reality that individual may have everything in life but struggle with depression/anxiety and you may think their boyfriend is the greatest when in reality he has a drug addiction and she’s miserable and scared that people are going to think she’s not happy.

You can never believe what is put on the internet truly because people only put stuff on their they want you to know.

So do I think that social media is linked to some cases of depression? Most definitely!

I came across and article by Rebecca Joseph Frequent social media users nearly 3 times more likely to have depression: study. Joseph states that depression may be linked to social media due to the fact of  “highly idealized representations of peers,”. This confirmed like I said above that  you see what they want you to. Joseph talks about how many websites are now starting to help fight the battle against depression. Some sites like  Tumblr will interrupt to ask you if “everything is ok?” if one searches words such a suicide or depression and then continue to link you to crisis pages.

I think this is a really smart idea since many people may turn to the internet in times of need and a simple acknowledgement could help someone and even save a life.

Perhaps if you find yourself feel gloomy you may need to unplug. I know I for one have at times deleted all social media such a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and surprising felt great. It was a feeling that I couldn’t remember having for along time. The feeling of not caring if so and so got this or what they were up to or what they did today. Being oblivious to everything unless someone actually wanted me to know.

So ECMP 355/455 instead of a fitness challenge I challenge you to take the unplug challenge. Unplug from all social media for one whole week and see how you feel. Record your thoughts before and during , and see how your thoughts during differ from your thoughts before you took the plunge.

 

YOU CAN DO IT!!!:)

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Saving The Trees One Card At A Time:)

 

Photo by Teaching Learns with Multiple Needs

Photo by Teaching Learns with Multiple Needs

While scrolling through my feedly I found a story labeled iCardSort. It is basically an app used for sorting cards. Since I am always looking for new ways to conserve paper I thought this was defiantly something I needed to look into.

Teaching Learners With Multiple Needs writes about the endless ways to use iCardSort. You can have students sorting their numbers, arranging the alphabet in the correct order and so much more. It allows for students to learn without using a bunch of paper.

It talks about some of the features it offers like Public Decks which is simply a place where you can find other decks others have created. I also really like how this app allows you to share your deck with someone else as long as they have the app and an iPad.

I think it would be really fun to play around with this app but I don’t think i’ll be purchasing this soon since it is $10. But if you have a classroom of young children I think this would be a great app to invest in!

Check out a quick video of the possibilities this app allows!

Dimpatient…

 

After reading the title you’re  probably wonder now what dimpatient means. Well it means dim + impatient. It’s just a little something I saw while I was sitting at home the other night watching tv. This is something I seem to do a lot of lightly being a new mom and all. But as sat there watching tv a commercial came on and I was immediately engaged in what it was talking about. It was a Snicker commercial that I thought fit quite well in to creating a profession digital identity.

It was a young man applying for a job and in his case he did everything you shouldn’t do at an interview. He was showing his wasted weekend away in Cancun, his very flattering mug shot along with a picture he doesn’t even remember taking(alcohol may have been a factor)! But as he goes on to say that “I know I wanted to show you how proficient I am in social media”. This made me laugh.

I think I found it so funny but at the same time enlightening because so many kids/ young adults do full understand how what they post on the internet now may come back to haunt them in their later lives. It just simply goes to show that anything you post on the internet is not private and if you wouldn’t want your boss looking at something you probably shouldn’t be posting it on the Internet.

I see so many young girl and boys posting very inappropriate pictures/ status on their Facebook and Instagram. When in this day and age you have to be careful because with one quick search of your name your past comes up; not just the good but also the bad.

I mean I know I for one am guilty of posting status that were inappropriate as a young teenager but I think back then we didn’t know the importance of the Internet and how your digital identity can effect you. I’m not making excuses but in this day and age digital identity is something that is very commonly talked about since ever one and their five year old has a cellphone students should understand the risk they purpose when posting something.

It’s very simple to avoid negative digital identity. Just ask yourself what if my mother saw this!!!

Check out the Snickers commercial that caught my attention!

I see young boys/girls posting inappropriate things on the internet and I some times wonder how I should go about telling them the right way to use social media. I always know the point I want to get across in my head but I seem to have a hard time communicating that to these young boys and girls.

How do you give advice to people who are unaware of how their digital identity will affect them in their later lives?

 

-Chelsey