Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vote For Dawn!

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 "Vote for the Survivor you think deserves $100,000 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $10,000! Vote up to 10 times for more chances to win! The Player of the Season vote opens at 8pm ET/5pm PT on December 14 and closes at 2:59pm ET/11:59am PT on December 18"
Dawn works with me in the English department. She was on Survivor this season. She is awesome. Vote for her! Just text 6 to the number 99888. You can do that ten times. Vote online at for more votes.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Taking Over the World 1,851,000 Status Updates at a Time

My psychology presentation group focused on Facebook. I thought it was rather interesting so I think I'll share a few things we discussed. It's amazing how rapidly Facebook has, in a way, taken over the world. I only know about one or two people who don't have their own Facebook profile. Even businesses, bands, companies, etc. set up Facebook groups to advertise. Before I had a facebook, I refused to ever get a Myspace account and I know a few other people who felt the same way.

The Good...
  • I think the main reason I wasn't as hesitant about starting a Facebook account as opposed to a Myspace was simply that the privacy seemed better. You choose your privacy settings and you choose your friends.
  • I think people find it really appealing that you can basically portray yourself as the person you want to be. You create a controlled profile showing your best self.
  • I know that a huge reason I keep my Facebook account is to keep in contact with old friends.
  • Now some of my classes use Facebook as a tool for out-of-class discussions. I find out about school events, mission farewells, friends' birthday parties, etc. on Facebook. It's an easy place to create event invitations.
  • Sadly, I do find out about most news through Facebook. The good part is, at least I find out faster than I would if I didn't have a Facebook...
  • People love having a general place to post/share pictures, videos, music, and quotes. 
  • Honestly, sometimes people ask me what my favorite music and movies are... and I check my Facebook page to remind me. Could be a good thing. Could be a bad thing. But hey, I know other people who do the same thing. So no judgin'.
  • And let's face it. Everyone Facebook stalks other people. People will often be talking to me and say something like "I feel like such a creep because I was Facebook stalking so-and-so the other day." But isn't that the point of Facebook? If they don't want people seeing their pictures and such then they shouldn't be posting them. So don't feel creepy. Facebook stalking is not like stalking someone in person... If you do that, then yes, you are creepy.
 The Bad...
  • It's the best way to waste time. You have homework? Facebook is the perfect procrastination tool! Suddenly you realize you've been on the computer for two hours and you haven't done anything...
  • Self-Esteem. I'll talk about this a little later in the post.
  • Spam/hackers. Don't click the random weird link your friend who rarely posts on your wall just sent you. Just don't do it. 
  • Don't post about your vacation before you leave. When you come back feel free to post pictures and tell your Facebook friends all about it but if you mention before "Guys I'm going on vacation with my family!! See ya in a week!" it's basically an open invitation for robberies. See this article.
  • Like it mentioned in the video above, some people do talk on Facebook more than they do in person. Which of course isn't just a problem with Facebook but also chatting on other sites like gmail and also texting. (Yes, Mom I know what you're thinking about my texting habits...)
  • Some people don't know that you aren't supposed to add friends you aren't personally acquainted with.
Of course those aren't all the pros and cons but you get the idea.

The effects Facebook has on self esteem is a topic I'm particularly interested in. Studies have been done to see how people feel about themselves when looking into a mirror versus their Facebook page. Obviously, people feel more confident after looking at their Facebook profile because they have created that image of themselves and it's the version they want to be. So, my group came to the conclusion that self esteem is heightened by joining Facebook. I agree that it can, in some ways, make people feel more confident because they are seeing the person they want to see... but I also think it can go the other way as well. My friends and I have talked about how seeing other people's profiles makes it easier for us to compare ourselves. Which is not good; basically we are comparing our real selves with other people's portrayal of their ideal self. So, I'm sure you can see where I'm going with that. Comparing yourself to others is really easy with Facebook and can be pretty detrimental to your self esteem. Also, Facebook and other social media can increase the risk of depression. Here's an article.

I've run out of time and I'm sure this is much too long already anyway.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sometimes I just need a little sunshine.

I love this song.
Kinda how I feel today haha.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas List

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Okay, I feel a little weird posting a list of things I want because I really don't need anything, but a few people have insisted that I compile a list. So here it goes...

Just some ideas:

  • Adele 21 Piano book
  • Jack's Mannequin (preferably Glass Passenger) Piano book
  • Snicker's bar hehe.
  • Brown braided belt (such as this)
  • Flat brown suede boots (like this)
  • Gift cards anywhere with food or clothing :D
  • Jewelry (I love all things silver and turquoise)
  • Books
  • Anything chocolate
  • Cardigan (size small)

Umm... if you're rich you could get me an iphone! or a car. just kiddin'.

That's all I can really think of off the top of my head.

And here's some Christmas music you might enjoy:

The end!