Pecha Kucha (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)

Here is our group Pecha Kucha on Permanence 🙂

Pecha Kucha on Permanence (4)

Jen P.

SLIDE 1: We may not write in Sharpie or krazy glue our pictures in public places everyday, but one thing is for sure: when we publish anything online, the rest of the world can view it, save it, and/or even share it. From then on you have left your mark, and in this way, others can see your true colors.

SLIDE 2: Margaret Atwood mentioned how people are always saying things on the Internet that probably shouldn’t have been said. She says, “come to think of it: once decrees and blessings have made it out of the mouth—or, now, in the 21st century, out of the ends of the fingers and past the Send button—you can’t take them back.”

SLIDE 3: Permanence goes hand in hand with Identity and Privacy. Submitting personal information online must be taken cautiously, for you can be robbed of your privacy. One website got access to information of several celebrities. USA Today said, “The site did not state how the information was obtained or why the people targeted on the site were selected.” When a celeb’s confidentiality is subject to hacking, it could happen to anyone.

SLIDE 4: Our actions online are becoming more personalized depending upon what information Internet sites know about us. When you Google search, there are over 50 signals that Google looks at including what computer you’re on, and what browsers you use. You can’t decide what gets in, and you can’t see what gets out of your filter bubble. It’s not only what we say or show through social media; it’s also what we do that’s becoming more noticed.

SLIDE 5: Our presentation promotes making smart decisions in the social media world. It’s simple for us to shut down our laptops, or turn off our phones and act like everything we have just composed, uploaded, or answered will disappear. Wake up and smell the Febreeze, people! What happens online is scrutinized now more than ever. In Duhigg’s article, which surprised us by Target’s Guest ID numbers, Andrew Pole said, “We want to know everything we can,” and let me tell ya, folks, they do!

Chelsea D.

Books-

Kindles, Ipads, Notebooks are all way to read books via Internet. Chances are at some point you have come across a book illegally uploaded. By uploading that book it is always there. Kevin Kelly states, “We are becoming people of the screen”. How we view books and literacy is changing. Instead of worrying about losing a book or the words becoming faded you can simply go online and read it, since it will ALWAYS be there.

Text Message

Just because a text message is deleted from your phone does not mean that it is gone. “ Businessweek states, “But like e-mails, which Gmail (GOOG) and Yahoo! (YHOO) essentially allow us to store forever, and tweets—every single one of which the Library of Congress is now archiving—texts are a record of our lives.” Also, the receiver  of said text can save it, or screen shot it. Either way your text is always in cyber space.

E-mail

Ever wonder what happened to those emails from when you were younger? They are still there. Just like text messages, you never know who is saving or sending your information. People could be printing your e-mails and keeping a file of everything you have said, or forwarding it to others. The e-mails that you sent are being saved in your archives on your computer without your knowledge, its automatic.

Blogging (part 1)-

“Following a blog is like getting to know someone, or watching a television series.” (What is a blog) You are learning about someone through a blog. What they write, how they feel about themselves or a situation. In this class we are blogging about what we read. It is OUR interpretation. What we think about the situation is now, forever, on the Internet.

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“We are using life on computer screens to becomes comfortable with new ways of thinking bout evolution, relationships, sexuality, politics, and identity.” (Wire, Who am we?, Sherry Turkle) The “Leave Brittany alone” video that Chris Crocker blogged can never be removed. Although he wants to put those blogs behind him, they will forever be in on the Internet. Even though blogging is a way to express your opinion on certain situations, you need to remember they aren’t going anywhere.

Nicole S

We all use some form of social media today, but we don’t think about how what we put on the internet, will be there forever even if we delete it. For example, Facebook. Whenever we post statuses or add pictures, somehow someone can look up your information and find it. Like John Dvorak states “I always tell people that posting photos or comments or just about anything is like getting a tattoo. Once it’s on, it’s pretty hard to get rid of it.”

People need to be really cautious when it comes to pictures. For example, you never know what pictures you are in on the app Instagram because of everyone’s ability to upload a picture without your consent. Rebecca Rosen states “You don’t even need to reproduce anything anymore, you merely share with a click.” Whether you are taking them or not, people can still post pictures with you in them for everyone to see.

Not only are these two social media’s a part of the permanent world, but YouTube is also. Putting any videos online is saying that you don’t care if anyone sees them. Kevin Kelly stated “There are more than 10 billion views of video on YouTube in September.” And that is just September! We all have access to these videos that are from people around the world because they are permanently on YouTube.

We recently had to go to a website called “We Feel Fine” by Jonathon Harris and we could see how everyone is feeling at any moment in the world with a push of a button. Someone wrote “I was confident in my ability to birth our baby and could feel the head descending with each pushing contraction.” Thanks to her, we all now know how she is feeling because of what she permanently put on the internet.

And now there is an app on our phones called Snap Chat where we can take pictures and send them to our friends for a limited time. However with our technical abilities, someone can easily “screen shot” or take a picture of the picture and save it on their phones so that they have it for forever. Therefore, making it permanent whether they know it or not.

Hope O

Slide 1: One thing I noticed when I was researching articles on permanence was the addiction taking place online. I found an article about a Korean couple who’s baby starved to death because they were too busy taking care of a virtual child. The death of this baby is permanent. It won’t come back to life, and that’s their fault.

Slide 2: The correlation between permanence and virtual gaming is discussed by David Perry. He said that games are going to be more fun and ‘lush’ for the next generation. Games have continued to evolve since we were little, and they become more in touch with real life. Virtual gaming is not real life, but an addiction to it is permanent.

Slide 3: Another example of permanency on the web would be through the use of Twitter. Margaret Atwood asked if Twitter is signaling, like telegraphs. The answer is no, it’s not, because every tweet posted is lost in cyberspace forever. Even if you erase it, the data will always be stuck online somewhere.

Slide 4: Steven Johnson also wrote an article about Twitter and how it will change our lives. He said that adding Twitter to a conversation takes away from Tweets being a private exchange. The use of Twitter, even when making an account private, can be accessible to anyone. The bottom line is that anybody in the world can read what you say.

Slide 5: Overall, permanence on the Web can cause many problems in today’s society. As technology becomes more and more advanced, we become more and more reliant on it. As long as we are able to find a balance between the Web and real life, and are able to filter our thoughts online, we are able to prevent permanence problems.

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Companies Know EVERYTHING About Us

TARGET

How creepy does it sound that stores that we shop in, may know every little detail about us, what we do, what we buy, and even our personality and behaviors? The article “How Companies Learn Your Secrets” written by Charles Duhigg explains exactly how they do this and why they do. “For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy.” Who would have thought that we all have our own Guest ID number? How cool! …..Uh, more like creepy. They collect data on us every time we visit their store. They see who we are by checking our credit cards we use or if we fill out any surveys at the store. How much more permanent could this get? All of this information that Target is taking on us is in ways permanent cannot even describe since we, at least I, did not even know. ‘We want to know everything we can.” Finding information on us seems like their number one priority in order to get us to come back to their stores again.

Target can also “buy data about your ethnicity, job history, the magazines you read, if you’ve ever declared bankruptcy or got divorced…” Talk about creepy. This is all information that is permanent in a realm we never knew existed and we can never take it back. We walked in all of these stores before and now they know information about us. If it was simple as going to the stores and saying “Hey, can you take my Guest ID number off of your list? I am going to continue shopping here though,” then I would do that, but it is not.

“When a computer chimes or a smartphone vibrates with a new message, the brain starts anticipating the neurological “pleasure” (even if we don’t recognize it as such) that clicking on the e-mail and reading it provides. That expectation, if unsatisfied, can build until you find yourself moved to distraction by the thought of an e-mail sitting there unread.” This is actually really funny, but so true because I am doing it right now and I read and write. I know I have a text message waiting for me, but I am continuing to write while I think about that text message. Although, that text message will always be permanently in my phone so I will always be able to see it no matter what! That is what they call a habit!

Companies like Target use our information in order to get us to come into the stores more often. If they notice that we buy bathing suits during the month of April, they will send us coupons on sunscreen along with ads about books on dieting in December. Using our permanent information that they found from us, they can try to intrigue us to come buy more things in their store.

It is extremely weird how Target can find our information and detect if we are pregnant or not by seeing if we bought supplements, lotion, or a large bag to be a diaper bag. Then they use that information to send us coupons via email since they notice what we are buying and give us information on stuff we most likely will buy in the future. A father did not even know his daughter was pregnant until Target sent them an AD on pregnancy things. Read here for more! 300px-Pregnant_woman21

Permanency is written all over this article. If we want into a store, they use our Guest ID’s and find out information about us that we did not even know was out there. It is permanent now and we can no longer get it back.

Here is another article about Target’s secret we (maybe just I) never knew about… Target’s Secret

The Nonbelievers

There are some people in the world who don’t believe in things being permanent. I was looking for my last article for this week’s blog post. Instead of searching for an article that someone wrote, I decided to read through some discussion pages about the idea of permanence. I found a page on Hubpage that linked a long discussion between a few people about their idea of permanence. To be honest with you, I was pretty surprised with what I read. Even though some things aren’t going to stick around forever, I don’t think these people took modern day technology into account.

The opening question for the discussion was, “What do you consider permanent in your life?” The girl posing the question mentioned that it could be related to relationships, beliefs, emotions, and habits. These are not just material things.

The first person to respond to this question quickly replied that nothing in life is permanent. She did bring up an interesting point, stating that “you did not bring along anything when born and will not take along anything from here.” That’s definitely an arguable statement that I don’t necessarily agree with. Although we did come into this world without any material items, we weren’t born with nothing. Each of us were born with parents, a family, nationality, and other things. These ARE permanent. You cannot change your nationality. You cannot change who your parents are or where you were born. Those things will never change. So although this girl did try to bring up a good point. she didn’t necessarily think about non-material things.

Another writer stated that life in general is permanent. This is a really broad answer, and the moderator of this forum immediately rebutted his statement. She claimed that our personal attitudes and viewpoints can always change, which is true. There may be a time when you form an opinion, and have it change within a short period of time. For example, my dad was raised in a Republican family. As he got older, he learned more about politics and formed his own opinion. Now, he is a registered Democrat. There is always an opportunity for a new point of view or change in beliefs.

I actually don’t know what else I would consider permanent, except for what we’ve been talking about on this blog, which is what you submit to cyberspace. I don’t think life is permanent, because we all die eventually. But while we’re here, we can consider some things permanent. Maybe the definition of permanent should be different…

Love, Hope.

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Flow

This whole ‘filter bubble’ idea is weird. I honestly was completely confused at first, because it was a term I had never heard of. I wish the guy speaking in this video has been more outgoing, because the subject is actually very interesting. He needs some pep in his step.

I really don’t like the fact that websites and companies are able to see EVERYTHING. There’s a huge lack of privacy, and although they are trying to be affective and helpful to the technological user, it’s just borderline creepy. Everybody is starting to become more personalized, doing “what we think we want to see.” How do they know what I want to see? Just because I’ve typed something in before? I don’t want to live in a filter bubble. I don’t want people to assume what I like and want to read. That’s all a ‘filter bubble’ seems to be; an assumption.

I think websites are becoming so over the top, and according to the video, are becoming algorithmic instead of using real-life editors. That’s how sites used to be. That’s how they used to be run. Now, everything is lacking true humanity and relying on the advancements of technology. The idea that was discussed in Eli Pariser’s video just really annoyed me. Algorithms are not the same as human thoughts and needs. We need to be able to control what we are seeing, reading, and using. Just because the Internet is advanced, that doesn’t mean it can assume who we are as people.

I believe what he is saying, as Pariser worries about future isolation. But I think we’re already at that point. How many people do you see being isolated because of modern day technology? I think that faster than ever, we are becoming extremely close to living in our own personal online bubbles, which is exactly what a ‘filter bubble’ is. Our ‘filter bubbles’ are made to try and be personalized to us, and end up pushing us away from the real world. This relates to permanence, which is the overall theme of this blog. With the consistent and continuous personalization the web pages and searches we see, the bubbles are going to get smaller and smaller. Eventually, I think we’ll all be stuck. That’ll be permanent.

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nothing but… (Photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)

An Unexpected “Vacation”

At first when my Intro to Writing Arts class was banned from using Facebook, I really got nervous.

But…But…I have things to do and people that I need to talk to!

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I am not all that obsessed with Facebook. Back in high school up until my freshman year in college, I used to sign onto the site all the time to check up on my family and friends’ statuses, creep on people’s freshly posted pictures, and to publish my own material to be shared with (and hopefully “liked” by) everyone. Yeah, I’m not proud to admit that, but it’s the pathetic truth. These days, with homework out the wazoo, I don’t even get many chances to use Facebook. I mostly use it to communicate and network with my peers when I need to.

I had a group assignment for my Public Speaking class that was due on that upcoming Monday, and of course, my group decided in class the day before the Facebook ban was intact that we would communicate through a Facebook thread message as a way to prepare an infomercial for our next class.

Wonderful.

I didn’t even have any of the group members’ numbers! I emailed a message out to everyone explaining my dilemma, but none of them got back to me—again with the bad luck. Without access to Facebook, I guess I felt helpless. There I was, unable to get in contact with my group for Public Speaking, and there was nothing else that I could do, aside from continuing to email group members, which probably wouldn’t get me to receive any more responses. You have no idea how much I freaked out over this stupid one-minute infomercial assignment—the same one we prepared and completed before we walked into the classroom that Monday afternoon. Thankfully, it was a piece of cake and I worried terribly for nothing, like usual.

My other issue I had due to not being able to log onto Facebook was something that also made me uptight; this time however, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel much sooner. I am a President of a club here at school, and we had our biggest event of the year on the Sunday following the day when everyone’s lives went back to normal; the God of social networks, Facebook, was once again allowed to be put to use. The week leading up to the big day for the Early Childhood Club was a little chaotic with preparations for every little detail for our big event. The club has its own group on Facebook, which is so extremely helpful for me when it comes to communicating with certain or club members; so (you guessed it) OF COURSE not being able to announce information about our event or check with certain people to make sure that they were ready for Sunday was like torture. Every time I found notifications the top bar on the home screen of my phone, it would kill me to just ignore them. Luckily, I informed some members of my executive board about my unfortunate situation so they could communicate within the club Facebook group for me. Although not being able to speak for myself made me feel bad, especially since I couldn’t explain the ban on the site to club members, the distance that set me apart from this social network kind of made me relax. Having a reason not to be on Facebook actually felt good, as awful as that may seem. :/

This experience really made me realize that life goes on—yes, even without Facebook. Sure, I couldn’t log on for a whole week, but I knew I could count on others to communicate for me and inform me of what went on while I was away on a Facebookless vacation. As for my Public Speaking assignment, my group did what needed to be done, and we ended up receiving full credit, all by working together face-to-face! How about that! Being away from Facebook did put some strain on me, for I was afraid about how much I was missing; then again, everything worked out in the end…and I got a nice break, too! 🙂

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No, I am NOT a Teacher’s Pet.

I know what all of you are going to think, right from the get-go, when I say that I chose to blog about my tweetservations (observations, if you didn’t follow) of  @billwolff.

That’s lame. Teacher’s Pet. Cheater.

Yes, I am very well aware that I chose the very Professor that gave this assignment. Originally, I had kept a close eye on a one person in particular who happened to tweet quite frequently. However, it turns out that plenty of my fellow bloggers had the same idea. Great minds think alike!

Since I didn’t want to post material that I knew others had already blogged about and risk copyright infringement, I decided to turn to another member of the Twitterverse—no, not because time was running out and I panicked (I didn’t); not because I felt lazy and didn’t feel like finding someone else (I also didn’t); and even though this figure will determine my grade for this assignment and he also has my academic transcript at hand, I did not choose to write about him for any of the reasons above.Wolff 2

Wolff

When I got to thinking about it, Professor Wolff was an interesting character to follow (even though some of us had no choice but to follow him). Have you heard of him? If not, I will introduce you! Bill Wolff is an Associate Professor in the department of Writing Arts at Rowan University, a Delaware Division of Arts “Fellow” in Photography, a husband, and a father of an “already-tweeting,” young child. Professor Wolff has a whopping 1,818 followers and is currently following 1,277 people on Twitter. He has tweeted 23,610 times and has come a long way since his first trials with communicating in the Twitterverse.

With jokes aside, I have noticed how good Professor Wolff is at what he does. As a professional, Wolff sparks up conversations with and also replies to the tweets of his posse of fellow educators from around the map. He also directs tweets to his students (obviously) that involve his module of Intro to Writing Arts. However, Professor Wolff has also shown that he can also serve as a friend and just a friendly guy on Twitter, tweeting about his family and other subjects outside of the educational realm. Why he has never seen the movie Hercules and is actually intrigued by the “post-apocalyptic psychological horror Flash cartoon series” Salad Fingers, beats me; but these things that he shares through Twitter make him the teacher that I really want to become—one that can really connect with their students.

Bill Wolff has been a great professor in Intro to Writing Arts, and an awesome dude to know. He has made me feel very welcome as a member on Twitter, and I thank him for that!  So… still think I’m a brown-noser? Hmmm? You might. But I’m not; I swear! Leave a comment and tell me what you think! 🙂

Heidi Echternacht

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I have decided to write a blog post about Heidi Echternacht‘s Twitter. From reading her about me section on her Twitter page, it says that she is a Kindergarten teacher in Princeton, New Jersey and has worked with young children for over 20 years. She also has chats on Mondays at 9 o’clock in the evening called #kinderchats. From clicking on this hash tag, I can see what everyone has to say about it. I am noticing that it is where people tweet anything that involves kindergartners. For example, Miss Night tweeted “When Children have enough time to play, they have more focus available when we ask for it.” Another example from this hash tag, but from the professional I chose said “The scrap bin from the printer is infinitely interesting. Side note: we never print anything #kinderchat.” So as you can see, this is a way that all kindergarten teachers can interact with each other about their professional field and see what they are doing or get insight from others for themselves.

KINDERCHAT

Heidi seems to be a person that regularly tweets (28,345 tweets) and that will reply to anyone that tweets her about education. I noticed that she tweeted about a website called “Popplet” that I have even used in my Educational Technology class and it is nice to see that what I am doing in class, is being used in the educational world.

She also included a blog website called http://kinderchat-kinderchat.blogspot.com/ which is a blog obviously all about kindergarten. You should check it out because it is actually very intriguing and interesting.

She has 3,814 followers and follows 2,063 people. Most of the people that she follows are in the educational field. Not only does she follow Michelle Obama, but it looks like she even met her!

HEIDI

But mostly are kindergarten teachers, but she does follow other levels too. Her interests are in education and finding out more information about it. There are twitter users that give helpful ideas to use in the classroom. From looking at who she follows, it gave me ideas on who I could follow because a lot of them have experience and tweet about useful ideas in the professional field.

A lot of people that follow her are mainly in the education field either inspiring to become teachers, are already teachers, or even have retired as teachers. I have noticed that there are even principals of schools that follow her. I also found a follower who is a crayon drawing, story book reading, alphabet singing, hand-soaping Kindergarten teacher too! There are followers that have in their about me sections that say they want to work in furthering education and to “help create classrooms where the walls become the world all around.” (Sara Stanley). Overall, you can tell she does not have a broad range of twitter followers. Most of them would be considered under the category of “educator.”

From looking at her Twitter, you can tell she is an inspiring teacher who truly cares about children and their future. She wants to make the classroom a better place for students and make their experiences as students, more appreciative. I relate to her because this is exactly what I want to do. I either want to become a Kindergarten or First grade teacher and from following her and a plentiful of her followers, I can really be inspired from reading their tweets and I never thought I would say that. I never thought Twitter was professional until this class. I used to tweet just for fun, but now I have a whole different approach to Twitter.

P.S. Sorry that all of my pictures are tiny. I couldn’t find a way to make them bigger unfortunately!

Forever Inked

DUDE TATTOO

Tattoos. What is one word that comes to your mind when you read that word? For me, it is PERMANENT. Always will be there no matter what you try to do to get rid of it. People do all crazy type of things when it comes to tattoos such as getting tattoos of their girlfriend/boyfriends name…. not knowing that there is a slight chance that they will not last forever. I mean, in some cases they do last forever, but young love, now that usually does not. That comes with a lot of regret after getting a tattoo of their name.

I found an article called “Suffering from ‘Tattoo Regret‘” written by Dr. Anthony Youn. The title explains it all. There are people out there “suffering” from what they put on their body thinking at the time, “hey, why not get a tattoo of a baby dinosaur on my body?” 10 years later, or maybe even 1 day later…. “why did I get a tattoo of a baby dinosaur?”

Dr. Anthony Youn tells us some of the tattoos that have once been known as “in” and now have become “out.” Some of these are the barbed wire around the muscle of a man’s arm, chinese letters on ladies, and tattoos located on the lower back known as “tramp stamps.” No wonder why people are regretting these tattoos. Who would want these tattoos on them now? It may have been the cool thing to get back then, but think about it. 10 years later it will no longer by the “in” thing and you may regret the decision. He states that even celebrities regret their tattoos. Celebrity Hayden Panettiere got a tattoo that said “Vivere senza rimpianti.” Want to know why she regretted that one? Because the word rimpianti was mispelled. Ironically, the tattoo means “Live Without Regrets.” This really made me laugh! Now that is definitely regretful considering that was a mistake from the tattoo artist and not yourself.

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Not only are these permanent, but “Tattoos can also cause significant medical problems. A 2012 article in the New England Journal of Medicine described contaminated ink causing infections of nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM).” People can even become infected by inking their body. Now that is something I would not want along with a tattoo that is permanent forever.

“Because laser tattoo removal uses heat to destroy the dyes, there’s no guarantee that it won’t leave behind scarring, discoloration, or an outline of the previous design.” Even if you remove the tattoo, it may leave a scar which is ALSO permanent. Just from reading this article, I do not even think I want to get a tattoo if I were to get one. One lady got a tattoo written on her lower abdomen saying “Dinner is served”….. Mind you, she is a grandma now. Of course she regrets that and wants it removed, but it will always be there.

No matter what you do with the tattoo, in some way, it will be there forever.

What?

Hi. So I found this crazy article that seems so ridiculously unreal, I can’t even wrap my head around it. I found this article after being intrigued by this week’s videos to watch. I was thinking about the evolution of video games and how my slight addiction to the Nintendo 64 still protrudes today, even as a college sophomore. Then I thought about the world of online gaming. Now, a lot of video game systems integrate that into their technology, like the Wii and the Xbox. It can get pretty scary, because you have no idea who you’re playing with, talking to, or anything like that. Besides that, there are a lot of games just for the computer. The only online game I’ve ever really played is Gold Miner.

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Nintendo 64 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Try it, it’s fun: [http://www.123games.dk/game/other/goldminer/goldminer.htm]

Anyway.

This is a whole different world. A new kind of gaming. So when I was searching for an article to blog about, I came across a story from the other side of the world. All the way in South Korea.

Here’s the story:

A couple was arrested for the death of their three month old daughter. She starved to death because her parents, who met online, became so obsessed with raising a ‘virtual’ child on an online game. According to the article, they would leave her unattended for hours at a time while they played this game, and only fed her occasionally. She died after they played the game for 12 hours straight, when the body was found. Their baby’s name is not mentioned in the article, but it’s noted that the virtual child’s name was Anima.

Isn’t that sick? I think the most disappointing thing about this article is the fact that they barely acknowledged the real child. They took the time to describe what game the parents were playing and what they named the child, while the child that died was barely recognized. That’s sadder than most stories I wouldn’t even call these people parents. The fact that they met in an online chat sort of begins to describe their personalities- they’re hooked on the web. So much so that they let it become their own reality. They got so lost in cyberspace that they forgot about the real world that we all live in. An innocent life was taken because of an addiction.

So how does this relate to permanence? Easy.

This girl’s life is gone. She is not coming back. A beautiful 3 month old baby, stripped of her life due to an addiction to the web. That’s the most permanent thing in our world- death. Think about that before you make certain choices online.

Love, Hope.

PS- Gold Miner is honestly really fun.

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Seriously, What Is the Point of Going on Facebook?


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Deleting Facebook really did not make a difference to me. I use to go on Facebook all the time just to see what other people were up to and how they were doing. I used it just to keep up with the world and what they were doing every day, just like people do when they go on Twitter. However, I basically only used Facebook in order to post pictures that I took. Other than putting pictures on Facebook and making memories, I do not know any other reason why I use my camera. I only use it to post the pictures on Facebook.

However, it really has not made a difference for me when I deleted my Facebook. It is kind of funny because I deleted Facebook probably two days before class not knowing I would have to delete it anyway. I felt that I really did not use Facebook anymore, other than using it to post pictures, so I decided to delete it. Also, I felt that all of my social media apps on my iPhone really distracted me from my work in classes.

Deleting Facebook really did help me with my classes because I did not feel the need to check it since it was deleted anyway. I did not even care that I was not going on it! It actually felt great not going on it. I go on social media probably every second of the day when I get bored and distracted which takes away from the more valuable things in life such as being with friends and focusing on my school work. I also deleted Twitter for a little bit because I was really stressed and needed to pay attention to my homework I was getting. I had so much homework, so I decided to delete that to. However, that did not last very long because all of my friends would just talk about tweets our friends made or if we saw what someone tweeted so I would never know what they were talking about. I do not go on it as much anymore though.

I feel that when we are able to go back on Facebook on Thursday, I probably will not get it back because I do not need to go on it. I think that the site is actually stupid to me. It is a creepy site where everyone can see anything you do, anything you write, whatever you post, even if you do not post anything about you. Others can post things about you and you would not even know it. Other than using it for pictures, I think it is pointless. Plus, I use an app called Instagram now which takes care of my needs to post pictures. This is an app just for pictures and nothing else. Which is perfect for me since I only used Facebook for pictures.

I think that deleting Facebook really made me a lot less stressed. Not having it made me focus more on what was more important in my life rather than looking at what was going on in others’ lives instead of mine. I was able to get a lot more work done, and i mean A LOT. I did not/do not get distracted from my work since I cannot go on it now. It really makes me think about the future because if this is how I lasted for less than a week now, than it will benefit me more in the future.

The only negative piece about not having Facebook is that I am in groups that are a part of school. I am in the Early Childhood Club and Relay For Life and they have groups on Facebook which update us with upcoming events and meetings and what is going on with the group. I always get emails from these clubs saying to always check the Facebook pages for updates and I cannot do that if I do not have Facebook. That would be the only reason I would get Facebook back. I feel out of the loop when members of the groups are posting on these pages about information and I cannot see it.

Having a Facebook is not a necessity, therefore I can live without it if I were not to reactivate it again. I know this site sounds a little ‘off’ with the title, but it is very true. I included a link right before this sentence giving reasons why someone should delete their Facebook and what is said, I believe in 100% and so should you!