Social Media for modern lovers in the digital age.
The Unseen Beauty of Mass Texts
I've spent time throughout the years reading feel-good anecdotes on the Internet about the good Samaritans of the world, saving lives, helping those in need, and working towards a greater good. As someone who is, as weird as it is to admit on a Good Deed thread, a Hobbesian, I can acknowledge and truly appreciate those people who chip away at my belief. Though I have had the privilege of experiencing and witnessing some incredible acts of generosity, I wanted to talk about a truly small and understated deed that I have found went a long way for me and something I've tried to incorporate into my good habits. Mass texts.
The Fetishization of Black Women on Tik Tok
There has been an increase of Tik Tok videos where a lot of non-black men are declaring their love of black women in a mostly cringey manner. This trend sparked after numerous black men would make videos bashing black women in favor of other races and using the excuse of it just being their "preference."
Why I Deleted Tik Tok
It started when quarantine did. My university had basically just told us all to go the fuck home. Immediately. I was crying in the club- aka, my bed- as I tried to reason out whether I wanted to go home to a less than ideal environment, stay on a practically deserted campus, or run off into the distance barefoot and get a head start on the apocalypse. Thrown into the depths of worry and despair, I opened up tik tok.
The Worst Thing I've Done
I generally consider myself a kind and selfless person when it comes to anything. I'm the type of person to rather keep my plate full over another's if I could help it. I've always hated the idea of burdening others or inconveniencing them, and so I've always kept my issues to myself and have always made sure to treat others with kindness.
Who are you without social media?
The internet has seen a drastic hit in censorship as we kick off this new year. We rely on social media for many things whether it’s information, creativity, business or personal, it’s our way of connecting in this new digital age. But as we’ve seen how quickly and easily Big Tech can flip the switch, social media can be taken down in an instant. Heck, there might as well be a new meaning behind “INSTAgram”. So, it got me thinking the question, who are you without social media?
Living a Smartphone-less Life.
Living a Smartphone-less Life: Most of us have seen Netflix’s The Social Dilemma, so I will spare the lecture on why you should say goodbye to your smartphone. There is something up though – how can it be that despite a general awareness of their negative effects, smartphones continue to mindlessly consume our lives? Of course, this question may seem as useless as asking why a smoker doesn’t ‘just quit smoking’. Yet, there appears to be an illusion that, in today’s world, you can’t get by without one. Having spent half a year with my £1 MobiWire, I intend to dispel this myth. Think of smartphones as like your crazy ex – when you’re with them you think you rely on them, but as soon as they’re gone, you realise you didn’t need them after all. Here are all the aspects of a smartphone that you most definitely can live without.:
Addicted to the Click
It is no secret that social media has taken hold of our every day lives. New platforms are constantly popping up and gaining traction even when we thought the marketplace was already saturated. It started over a decade ago when Facebook stepped in and started targeting loyal Myspace users, who soon joined the social network which dominates today. Ah yes, remember good old Tom, our first digital “friend.”
Twitter doesn't really care about death
Before social media hit the scene, the death of a celebrity might be briefly mentioned on the news with the possibility of an obituary in the newspaper. If they were very famous, there might be a commemorative program on TV, or a weekend showing of their most memorable films.
Long Live The Dreamers
What is it about some people that they seem incapable of believing in or supporting good things? I posted on my Twitter yesterday about a dream I had which included a man I'd been involved with intimately over the last almost three years but was not—and still am not (yet)—in a relationship with. Those of you who are like me and can not only dream in color but are able to remember your dreams will understand how real this dream felt to me.
Social Networks Fight Against Fake News
According to modern research and statistics, over half of social media users accept that they come across fake news on a daily basis on different platforms. What is more alarming is that over a quarter of these users have liked or shared a post on their timelines, without realizing that the news is fake.
I Miss Tom from MySpace
Remember Tom? Tom Anderson, the leader of our much smaller online world of 2003, was every Myspace user’s first friend. Smiling back at us from our self-designed pages he would give us an encouraging thumbs up. Apparently I am not alone in missing him as 2020 saw many wistful articles written about where his is now.
Favorite Instagram Accounts of 2017
Originally written in 2017, I still love and follow most of these accounts. Hygge_for_home Pronounced hoo-gah, the Danish concept of Hygge is something that I have been obsessed with for many years. In fact, I have pretty much always lived my life this way before I even knew there was a word for it. Hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates as a cozy feeling or enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures. The Danish created this concept and lifestyle in the 18th century and it is now a fundamental part of their culture. The basic idea is to surround yourself with things that make you feel happy, warm and cozy. It can be yourself or your favorite people, candles, soft fuzzy blankets, a hot cup of cocoa or a good home cooked meal. I follow a few Hygge Instagram feeds but this is one of my favorites as it shows great examples of how to decorate your home or garden in the Hygge way. Funny as I’m writing this I am looking around my living room and am noticing how similar this woman’s home and my home actually look.