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How you can use them to make an unforgettable first impression
You form rapid judgments about people you meet or observe in less than a second. You determine whether they are liked, attractive, competent, trustworthy, or aggressive.
Why social media should be banned
There is no doubt that social media can be a very unhealthy and dangerous place. Even as a 19-year-old, I sometimes find myself being negatively impacted from what I have seen online. Therefore, I can only wonder what kind of negative effect social media can have on naïve, innocent, and vulnerable children.One of my worries about children and teenagers under the age of 18 consuming social media is that they are in the peak stages of learning. They have not fully matured and so cannot know of all the dangers of the internet. The lessons, experiences and environments we are in as children truly shape us as individuals, and I believe if children consume social media, it could create plenty of negative traits or issues that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.The rate for UK female suicides under 25 has ‘increased by 93.8% since 2012, to its highest level in 2019’, stated Samaritan’s 2019 suicide statistics. Furthermore, ‘In Scotland, the suicide rate among young people aged 15-24 increased by 52.7%. This is the highest it’s been since 2007.’ The positive correlation between suicide figures over the past few years and the usage of social media could be argued as just coincidence, but I believe there to be some aspect of causation.Social media is a construction. Every image and post uploaded has been carefully handpicked to create a façade of a ‘perfect’ life, and unfortunately many of the images we see are artificial. Photoshop and airbrushing are not only used by celebrities, but by the general public too, making it even harder to recognise what is real and what isn’t. Singers, actors and other influential figures that are idolised by the masses are teaching audiences an unrealistic beauty and body standard by promoting their photoshopped, surgically-altered bodies as ‘normal’ and ‘real’. This is a gateway to mental illnesses such as body dysmorphia, disordered eating and depression, and the general sense of not feeling good enough. Even as an adult, I sometimes find myself struggling to detach and not compare myself to people I see on social media, even though I know that it is not truly real. Consequently, I believe that if young people under the age of 18 grow up with social media, they will not only have a distorted view on beauty, they will also carry a heavy expectation of how they are supposed to look, act, dress and live their own livesMoreover, from the lack of regulation and monitoring of content, social media can be very dark, violent and sexualised. Images of terrorism, extremism and other violence are easily accessible on social media, and as an adult, if I see any content which is inappropriate or upsetting, I know how to report it and it would not affect me. However, if a young, impressionable child comes across aggressive behaviour online, it could leave a lasting impression. The psychologist Albert Bandura found that if younger children, particularly boys, are exposed to aggression, they are likely to imitate it.In addition, social media is a very sexualised place, varying from celebrities posting half naked photos of themselves to pornography. By law, you must be 18 years old to buy pornography or watch porn online. So why should you be able to get social media before 18?Not only is social media mentally damaging, it can be very dangerous. Every parent’s worst nightmare of a stranger talking to their child online can be made possible with social media. Children are taught to ‘not talk to strangers’ from a young age, but online it can be difficult to know if who you are talking to is who they say they are. The lack of policing on social media makes it very easy for people to lie about their age and identity online. Online predators or paedophiles can easily steal the identities of fellow classmates, teachers, or other trusted relations to groom children. Unfortunately, there have been many incidents involving children being groomed online by a stranger pretending to be someone else, which have resulted in rape or murder.Moreover, even if a child recognises the situation and takes action to protect themselves, they are never truly safe. Social media holds a variety of information varying from your home phone number to your address and which school you attend. I believe that children and teenagers below the age of 18 are not truly educated on the risks social media holds and are not informed enough on how to protect themselves. Therefore, I think banning social media for those under 18 is vital to protecting both their mental health and their lives.Before we dive into why social media should not be banned for people under the age of 18, we need some perspective on how popular social media is with young people in the UK. Research shows that 70% of children aged 12-15 in the UK are using at least one form of social media, such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, according to a 2019 report published by Ofcom this year. However, this includes 12 year olds, which shouldn’t be possible due to the fact that most social media platforms have an age limit of 13. A case study published in 2017, conducted by Comres Global, showed that ‘among under-13s, 78% were using at least one social media network, despite being below the age requirement’. These figures suggest that children are willing to break age limits to access social media. Making the proposed solution of raising the age limit as an attempt to stop youth from being exposed to social media is not a very effective one.
False Impressions by Jeffrey Archer
Book Reviews for Sensitive People: False Impression by Jeffrey Archer, Published 2006, St. Martin’s Press, 373 pages Introduction:
Making An Impact On Ourselves and Others
Most people, when they turn to a life coach, or even a therapist or counselor, are trying to create a positive impact on their current quality of life. Most people will just say “I want to be happy.”
Pastor, Nude Model, Con Artist
Nikole Mitchell’s story is low hanging fruit to a reporter. ‘My sexuality is sacred’: Bisexual pastor-turned-stripper has never been happier (New York Post). Pastor turned stripper says her 'dreams came true' in end of year Instagram post (Daily Star). Church pastor turned stripper left husband and rakes in cash selling explicit snaps (Mirror). Bisexual pastor turned stripper discovers true joy (Toronto Sun). Former church pastor now makes $100K a month as life-coaching stripper (New York Post, again).
SECRETS ABOUT TWINS 🏆 The NERVE 🏆 The post-war so called "Boomers" didn't have social-media or electronic devices/games that would occupy us much of the time; as this generation is engrossed-in. There were no instant digital recording phones to tell "Our Kids Someday" about some standout events. Thanks to the V.M. Platform we can now offer our non-digitally-archived life experiences, in which the next generations may enjoy, with these brief blueprints.
THE SEQUAL: How the Paralympics reveal the best of us
Do you remember Teen Beat magazine? Xennials, I’m looking at you. My adolescent heartthrobs and idols postered on my wall included Alyssa Milano, Johnny Depp, River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, and the New Kids on the Block.
Honey, may we all be the right people for each other
I received a message from a reader while replying to you the other day. She asked me: He said he liked me, but why did he say we are not suitable?
Laura was the only children in their family. She was living in a big mansion. Her parent was rich. She was a perfect child. When she finished her education, she has decided to get a job in other state. As she has moved to her house , she became friend with Stella. Stella was the girl who live near his new house.
Inspiration Humor is great at posting memes and making good people laugh.
I wish my permed hair could take this color lavender after good bleaching too bad my hair color is dark auburn I am not to permit me to bleach my hair, after a perm I would lose not only happiness from my perm relaxing completely I would strip my hair horribly of it's needed goodness. I love my new rue in my due I am very grateful for what the good Lord gave me. I love the way Lightning Bolt mastered his stories and created something out of nothing. I know the poor feeling too well writer's block sucks then when the creativity feels like it just is not there it makes me ache like a mother fucker, pardon my french. No offense I am a realist and I love to speak my mind and let it flow for what it is. Some people think it is a sin to be outspoken. At times things are better left unsaid but when shit needs to be addressed to keep shit from hitting the fan it is what is. I hope I inspire and make Lightning Bolt feel blessed. I am disgusted about the fact that I am so unable to tip my favorite or fond authors.
Why should you look down on everything? You can understand it yourself
Why should we look down on everything? It's good to understand ourselves. It's our choice that determines our life. We are losing all the time. We try our best to have more wonderful. Unfortunately, we only have two hands, so we must learn to choose and give up. We should know what we don't need. If the desire of the heart is too great and wants to grasp everything, we may not grasp anything in the end. Only by learning to give up can we hold it better. There is no need to force, the best things will always appear inadvertently. Every day is an opportunity to change your life. Work hard and move towards the desired direction of life. Work hard for what you believe; Great minds despise worry. Do what you can and don't overload; As long as there is progress every day. Also, before you do it, you have to decide whether to do it instead of making excuses, learn new knowledge and get closer to your goals. What kind of world you see, what kind of heart you have. Years make people. When you are young, there are some things you can't understand; When you know, youth is gone.
Between the gain and loss
Life, the most troubled us, nothing more than gain and loss of these two words. These two words are also the root of all disputes, troubles and confusion. As the saying goes, "between gain and loss, there must be cause and effect." As long as we understand the reasons for gain and loss, we will naturally know the way to choose and lose, and then, all problems are solved.