Cats/Kittens, Education, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Life, Technology

Your Brain on Facebook

Facebook is blowing up about a video on Facebook.  What does it do to your brain?  It might surprise you… or it might not.

Some “facts” thrown out at you in the video explained in real life:

Courtesy of Reddit User Se7en_Sinner

People are incapable of intimately knowing more than 150 people.”

I don’t argue this fact, I argue that I can intimately know up to that amount.  It depends on my definition of intimacy, I guess.  My definition of intimacy involves letting someone hear my righteous burping or see me without make-up.

Basically for me, the deeper the intimacy, the more natural, bodily functions I’ll allow a person to see.

I’ll be honest, my intimate circle is small because I don’t want other people seeing or hearing things that can’t be unseen or unheard.

“Girls Don’t Poop” PooPourri Commercial

My friend count on Facebook isn’t just a number that makes me feel good because it’s high and that means I’m “like omg so popular.”  My number of friends says that I met all these people at least once.

Maybe I slept over their house in middle school because we were best friends and we did that every weekend.  Maybe I shared a class with them and we rolled our eyes every time that one kid pulled out his e-cigarette.  Maybe they told me a joke at a party and I nearly fell off the couch and peed my pants a little.

Life is too short to keep track of how I met my “friends,” but I can say I know at least a couple of details about the person without needing to scan their profile to figure out “who they are.”

And my friend count is over 400.

“The western and modern world sanctions individuality.  The individual is measured by … having a career, wealth, a self-image, and consumerism… Many people lose their social and familial connections in favor of a self-actualization ideal.”

Courtesy of HeyImmaTrickster

Is it entirely wrong of me to pursue a career, to generate an income, hold my head high, and buy things I want?  No.

Does that make me self-obsessed?  No.

Would my friends be mad that I’m pursuing my goals that I set for myself?  No, because they wouldn’t be my friends if they did.

So we should blame the online social network because we’re “collecting friends like stamps and not distincting quantity versus quality?”

I’m going to go with my favorite reply and say, “No.”  Strictly speaking for myself, I see quality in every person I meet… maybe with the exception being that douche with the e-cigarette in class.

(I did not add him on Facebook.)

“Converting the deep meaning and intimacy of friendship with exchange in photos and chat conversations.  By doing so we are sacrificing conversation with connection.”

Again, I might be speaking for myself but when I send my friend a cat photo I found on Imgur, I’m not saying, “OOH Cat.  Look at cat.”  I’m saying, “Hey, I like this cat photo and I know you will, too.  Not in a way that it’s obviously a cat and we both like cats.  In a way that this cat symbolizes something deeper, perhaps a longing to be a cat or to merely be in a cat’s presence.  We are both cat people and seeing this cat will make us both happy.  Here, I present to you not only a cat photo but the happiness that can only be achieved when two cat people see a cat photo.”

AGAIN, I repeat that I have a “small, intimate circle” of friends.

Also, depth of my cat obsession:

“Instead of building true friendships, we’re obsessed with endless personal promotion.  Investing hours on end on our profile, pursuing the optimum order of words in our next message, choosing the pictures in which we look our best.”

Honestly, if your social media account is all that is holding your life together: Keep on keeping on.  I won’t judge, just like I hope you don’t judge me for the horrible, awful looking faces I keep making in every photo I take or all of my cat photos.

MasquradeBall

Masquerade Ball circa 2013.

The “fantasies” that this video proposes we use social media for:

1.) We can put our attention where we want it to be.

2.) We will always be heard.

3.) We will never have to be alone.

Which equate to “I share therefore I am.”

A play on Descartes’ “Cognito Ergo Sum” or “I think therefore I am,” however the fantasies are exactly not fantastical.

These ideas are not whimsical or frivolous.

Whether or not social media exists, these are truths we as humans have until the day we die and cease to be.

So, take that Sherry Turkle.

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Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Life, Television

The 8 Stages Of Netflix Addiction

For those of you who are contemplating a subscription: Let this be a warning to you.

For those of you who already have a subscription: You know exactly where this is going.

1.) Exploration

You want a new show to get you through your days.  Maybe you’re tired of being left out of the Mad Men discussion or maybe you just want to know what all the fuss is about.  You search around just to see what you can get yourself into.

2.) Discovery

You find out that Netflix has all but the current season online.  What’s the harm in welcoming these characters in your life?  Surely Jim and Pam’s love affair in The Office is something you should have been a part of.

3.) Initiation

You meet everyone on the show.  They guide you into the show’s plot and how their sub-plot fits in.  Certainly Murder House will get you hooked after episode one.  You have to know what happens next!

4.) Binge Watching

This is where the harmless “I have to know what happens next” goes onto “I need to know how it ends.”  It’s a big jump, but it’s an easy one to make.  Orange Is The New Black’s Piper Chapman’s lady jail woes will keep you wanting to know if someone’s “gonna stay and get their a** beat or stay and get their a** beat.

YOU.NEED.TO.KNOW.HOW.IT.ENDS.

5.) Addiction

You’re a full-blown addict now.  If you chose a show with seven seasons, you might want to cancel those weekend plans that were in the air in the first place.  Your friends will understand.  You need to know if Law & Order: SVU’s Stabler and Benson are going to finally accept that they’re meant to be together.  You need to know.

6.) Acceptance

Weekend plans?  Netflix.  That is your “weekend plans.”  Friends?  Do they want to binge-watch Law & Order: SVU with you?  Fine, you have friends now.

7.) Completion

The show’s over.  It was cancelled and there are no more episodes for you to watch.  Not even a season online in some catacomb of the internet.  Your life is over.

8.) Repetition

If the show is really good, you might just restart your addiction from season one.  Call it a relapse or whatever you want.  You took that chance after you renewed that subscription.

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College, Entertainment, Life

Where Your High School Class Is Right Now.

We all have to admit that we check in on our former classmates from time to time on Facebook.  I’ve noticed a common thread throughout my Newsfeed and my friends’.  No matter where you went to High School, you and your classmates all have the same fates.

They Enlisted.

These members of your graduating class were set on enlisting all throughout High School.  They joined because they saw the honor and respect the uniform demands.  They wake up every day early and they go to bed late- exhausted.  They eat, sleep, and drink discipline.  The branch of military they’ve signed up for will be a part of the very core of who they are.  They understand what commitment and loyalty really means.    No matter what their party affiliation, race, religion, or gender is: they’re going to defend whatever yours is with their life.

They often post pro-military articles and statuses and you often get educated on the realities our servicemen and women live on a daily basis.

They Enlisted… Eventually.

These guys tried everything out after graduating High School along side you.  They could have tried going to school at the local community college or at a state school.  It just wasn’t for them.  They could have taken a part-time job around town.  It just wasn’t for them.  After kicking a pine cone down the street after a walk to the town Wawa, it clicked in their head.  They should enlist.  Not saying that their choice was not as honorable as their previously listed brethren, just saying it took them a while to figure out what they were doing.

It was only yesterday that they were posting a cat photo from Imgur and now their last post is a status about how they won’t be able to be reached for a while.

They’re In Some College… Drinking.

Maybe it’s a state school, maybe it’s not.  They definitely checked out the social scene before they chose their school.  These kids were known for their social reputations in High School and they weren’t about to call it quits when they sat through their Freshmen Orientation.  They probably joined a sorority or a fraternity and have made loyal drinking friends, but they’re never going to leave behind those who they partied with in High School.

Their photos are of their sisters or brothers at a party or of a drinking reunion with their friends from home.  During Rush, their Cover Photo is of their sorority or fraternity encouraging you to come out to their social events.  But hey, they’re doing their thing and they seem pretty happy with it.

They’re In Some College… Studying.

They chose a college that had a respectable reputation and one that would be beneficial to the field they were studying.  They do have a social life but they put their education first.  They’re reading and writing papers.  They’re panicked about deadlines and are cramming for exams up until the last second before that scantron is passed out.

Their Facebook Newsfeed often has Instagram photos of them and their friends at the library or hanging out on the weekend.  Every now and again they’ll post a nice filtered shot of their second coffee of the night or a delicious looking alcoholic drink.  Work hard, play hard.

They’re In Some College… Freaking Out.

Call it a Quarter-Life Crisis or whatever you would like.  It might be the fact that they chose a major at Freshmen Orientation and waited until Senior Year to switch paths.  It might be that they have to take an extra year to graduate.  It might be that they’ve overscheduled and it’s past the class withdraw date.  It might be that they feel like they’re drowning.  It might be that their school is awful and they’re filing papers to transfer to another school.

Whatever the reason, their updates come very sparingly.  Just know that they’re up to something and eventually everything will shake out for them.

They’re In Some College… In Overhaul.

This person is at the gym, going to classes, studying, working, and socializing.  They’re doing it all and you don’t know how they do it.  It just doesn’t make sense to you, but they’re going everywhere and just getting stuff done.

Their Facebook Page is a catalog of their lives and you get inspired just by looking at it.  They make you want to do more, but only after you take a nap and catch up on your shows.

They’re Having Babies.

Maybe it’s what they always wanted or maybe it was an “oops-baby.”  Either way, they had it.  Maybe they’re getting married or maybe they’re already married.  No matter the case, they are raising a baby now.

Now their contributions to your Newsfeed are baby photos and baby videos.  Their kid is cute but you could never imagine having a baby right now.  You congratulate them but at the same time you have to reevaluate your life with them for a second.

Will they stop talking to you and make their new baby their entire life? 

Would they think you’re responsible enough to babysit… would you be offended if they didn’t 

Do you think they’ll let you hold their baby after seeing your keg stand photo from last week?

They’re Hanging Out.

They’re hanging at their parent’s home or renting an apartment with some friends.  They may or may not have a job.  They saw your other classmate decide to enlist because they were on the same Wawa trip.  They’re not really about that right now.  Commitment isn’t really their thing and they’re just living life.

When they’re on Facebook, they might send you a message asking when you’ll be around again for a hang.  If you do choose to hang out with them, you might leave their house feeling a little assured with your life decisions.  You also might just be surprised at how happy they are and rethink your life decisions.

And That’s Where We All Are.

Where we all once were.

We’re all at different stages in our lives, even if we are the same age.  Just keep in mind that we’re all figuring our stuff out and it might take more time for some.  The fact that you’re checking out their page means you’re interested and you care about where they are.  That says a lot about you.

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Education, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Life, Movies, Music, Television

Ridiculous Celebrity Quotes

We know some celebrities are trying to pass off their life styles as something to buy into *cough cough* Gwyneth Paltrow *cough cough* Blake Lively…  but here are some celebrities who can simply inspire us mortals with their wise words of wisdom.  Wonderful.

Jaden

When it comes to education, President Obama should continue his Jaden Smith talks… obviously.  A believer in extraterrestrials and son of legendary actor Will Smith, this boy wonder says drop the books and turn your ear to high-profile interviews.  You know, because your brain can simply absorb their smarts and make you smart…  duh.

Taylor

Singer Taylor Swift is known for her break-ups and make-ups and her stalker tactics when it comes to her pursuits of the heart.  But all is fair in love and war, right?  When your love begins with researching what your beau can do for your career and ends with a hit song for your next album…  it all becomes quite predictable, right?  Not so different, just insane.
Selena

Disney’s wicked actress turned songstress Selena Gomez has one high profile romance already under her belt: the Biebs.  What is shocking to me is that Gomez doesn’t want a guy who is worried about being “cool.”  Contradiction in a pair of converse?  I think so.

Gwen

Actress turned lifestyle coach Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t enjoy people judging her high-cost, high-profile lifestyle.  With a less-than-classy Vanity Fair portrayal stirring up controversy in her heavenly world, Paltrow’s stock is in threat.  Her peachy-keen, squeaky-clean image is about to go dumpster diving but that won’t put her perfectly chiseled face in a frown.  Back down, peasants.  She’ll keep on keeping on with her detox diets and healthy living.  You can just go eat some high-sugar, highly-saturated-fat fat-cake.  Fatty.

beib

I have many bones to pick with Justin Beiber, but we can just talk about his “arrogance” for today.  One of the most conceited boys in the entertainment industry (besides, obviously, Kanye West), the Beibs believes he’s like really, really ridiculously good-looking.  With his girlish face and pre-pubescent physique, this Canadian singer makes teen girls swoon just with the sight of him.  Gag me with a spoon.

kylie

Kylie Jenner hails from the Kardashian Clan but don’t let their attention-seeking antics fool you.  They’re good people… Role Models, even.  I mean, Kim Kardashian’s initial claim to fame was hanging with famous friends until her sex tape with rapper Ray J conveniently “leaked.”  Rather than have a bad thing keep a good girl down, she cashed in on reality television and roped in her whole family to ride her sexploited behind all the way to the bank.  Their “quality” television show and spin-offs every off-season portray them as simple, Jimmy-Choo-wearing folk who fly across the country on whims of party-hopping and clothing shopping.

That’s perfectly normal and something to look up to, right?

miley

Now, Miley shredded her Disney image and dived head first into her musical genius.  With an album titled Bangerz and songs like “#Getitright,” “FU” and “Love Money Party,” it’s hard to believe that this lyrical goddess can even top herself for her next album.  Music is obviously her life and she would die without it.  I think she’s being a bit over-dramatic but hey, she’s all about those theatrical performances… right?

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