How much social media can we take before needing a break?

By Cesar Valdes Blog 1/2

Have you ever been on social media so much that you decided to take some time off from the never-ending cycle of news and commentary?

Me neither. It’s actually very entertaining.

However, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, nearly 60 percent of 790 teenagers polled in the United States have taken a hiatus from their social media sites.

The poll surveyed teens between the ages of 13 and 17. It also indicated that a large portion of these teens took it upon themselves to take their break. Less than half of these teenagers were forced off social media by their parents.


Some of these teens said they enjoyed the connections they make through social media, while another portion believed it was a place full of negativity.

Of the teens surveyed, half of them had breaks of at least a week. The survey also concluded that boys are more likely to take longer breaks than girls. During these breaks, many of the teens felt a sense of relief and even began to connected better with the people around them.

But most of the breaks were short lived. Despite feeling less stressed and more relief, they stated that everything went back to normal once they returned back to their social media sites.

It’s an interesting trend that’s going on given the increasing popularity of social media and the access to it all.

If there’s one thing for certain, however, it’s that social media is only adding to the Age of Information.

The survey concluded that boys were more likely to feel overwhelmed with information and that girls felt the pressures of to constantly impress their audience.

There are still some limitations to the poll, though. For starters, the survey was only conducted between Dec. 7 to 31. Secondly, it was done over the phone and online through minors, which created some problems as well. Parents would have to give consent for their children to be interviewed by the panel, AmeriSpeak. The margin of sampling error was calculated at plus or minus 4.6 percentage.


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By, Sasha Calamaco

Social media can gather a lot of hits in both, great ways and terrible ways too. It seems that once it’s streamed, posted, Tweeted, and shared that content or 140 character count is out in the interwebs forever. SCREEN SHOTS LIVE ON. Most times what ever medium we’re looking at we most times than most assume and trust it’s the truth. Isn’t that crazy? We are at a time in the world where we can reply on solid sources. I think when used in the correct and trustworthy “fat checked,” it’s great.

We can tune into accounts like, Dallas Morning News , The Associated Press, list go on and on. And then there are accounts for reliable travel info, airline updates. Social media has changed the game on having resources at our fingertips. It is a truly wonderful tool when used valid and factual. No one want’s to be misconstrued in leisure information, and especially the news. Though we are all aware that one happens more times than it should.

Regardless of what you enjoy doing, hobbies, passions, or just for the hell of it – it’s all pretty much discoverable on the internet. All it takes is a simple search and a few to less of your favorite social media apps.  We are guaranteed to find something that interest us, or that we already find interesting. Social media makes that totally possible for everyone to have access to.

13 Reasons Why

By: Azzy Herrera

Recently, the Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why‘, based on the Jay Asher novel, was released and had everyone binge watching the entire season in a night or two. It hits hard subjects to tackle down such as bullying, suicide, and lastly, rape. All things that go on in our every day lives and even things that we’ve experienced ourselves or know of someone who has.

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The series opens up with two teen girls posing for a selfie in front of their dead classmate’s locker and hashtagging #NeverForget. It’s set to make a statement that the we have become immune to actual feelings in relation to the internet. You can send someone a laughing emoji and feel no apparent intention to make even a mere giggle at what was read at all. With the lack of emotion and empathy towards others that has been created by the ability to say anything behind a screen with no actual physical interaction: it’s easy to fall victim to bullying.

I remember when was a big thing during high school and receiving some hateful messages such as how ugly I was or other statements pertaining to that subject. My confidence level dropped drastically and I felt horrible about myself for days. If I didn’t have such a supportive family and friends at the time, who knows what action I could have taken rather than to create and build on my self-love. In contrast, many people don’t have that same support and make devastating decisions, such as the main character in this series, Hannah Baker, who (sorry for the spoiler) commits suicide after having nobody to confide to.

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The internet can be a beautiful, unifying, form of communication but can also shatter someone’s world completely in a couple of seconds. I see jokes broadcast-ed on Twitter daily, making statements and references to people’s physical attributes. I admit, I do most times share a laugh or two and re-tweet the seemingly meaningless post, but for someone else, it may not be as meaningless. Although we should all already have our morals set in stone and respect everyone, after watching this series, it really opened my eyes towards realizing we never really know what someone is feeling. Dylan Minnette, who played Hannah Baker’s co-worker, made a statement that I’ll close off with-

“Just be aware and be kind and empathetic. Any decision you make can make the longest lasting impression on someone.”



Being defined by LIKES..


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BY: Nina Moreno

Stories need to be shared, and some people live for the likes. But sometimes people fear that their posts aren’t good enough anymore. Users sit around like it’s a waiting game and feel defeated if their post wasn’t good enough.

Social media is now an outlet for many news stations, children, and businesses, but the thing that seems to define them is, LIKES.

Twitter has a limit of 140 characters, but for Facebook, a limit doesn’t exist. A post on social media is essentially like writing in a diary, except the excerpt can be seen by everyone who’s your friend.

Taking it back to the olden days, Myspace wasn’t defined by likes. Instead, users were able to display their top 5 friends and decided what their background was going to say about them.

The likes, that are now used by Facebookers, were by word of mouth when Myspace was around. No self validation was used unless they were used through comments.

But the negative affects to this self validation is insecurity.

Social media has turned into self validation. Users find themselves typing up their thoughts in order to get a definition of self worth.

Imagine looking at friend’s posts and feeling jealous because their lives aren’t greater than ours or feeling like you can’t measure up to ideas and recipes that you find.

Bottom line is, people are feeding off of what a screen is telling them to.

Through many social outlets, people are finding a different identity and posting about their lives to try and fit in.

Social media posts have become a stamp of value. But our lives are too beautiful to stand behind a couple of favorites. A change should be made. We shouldn’t have to favorite and LIKE a post.

Likes shouldn’t define us. Many of us just want to find new friends or stay connected with those who aren’t close. We need to live a day at a time and enjoy it each day. 


Social Media Affects and Consumption of the Fashion Industry

By KeAndra Hill

How does social media affect the way we consume trends and dress on a daily basis? Social media is just another platform allowing companies to directly place ads and campaign in front of a consumer that is actually interested and likely to interact. So this raises the question, do we actually dress ourselves? The power that social media has on consumers can be due to consumer behavioral obsession to constantly ‘share’, ‘connect’, and stay ‘updated’.

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These platforms also allow companies to monitor and research their consumers through the way their consumers act, react, and interact. Companies easily intertwine lifestyle and marketing on social media. They are no longer trying to sell the products, but instead, the lifestyle of the brand.

It is the overwhelming obsession of social media that convinces consumers to spend and keep up with trends. Fashion is already instinctly about aesthetics, presentation, and outward appearances. So of course social media feeds into those superficial tendencies. How does this affect purchase tendencies? Well no one wants to be seen in the same outfit they wore two weeks ago. This in turn encourages consumers to purchase more.

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Fashion is moving faster now more than ever thanks to social media, but fortunately, it is also increasing sales and consumer purchases.





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Can We Just…Talk?

By: Gabriela C. Perez

After refreshing my twitter feed for what seems like the hundredth time in the last five minutes, I look up and am reminded that I’m out to dinner with my family. It’s not like anyone notices though, they’re all lost in their own devices as well. And just like that the night goes on, with each one of us itching to take one last glance at our screens while trying to maintain self-control and actually SPEAK to one another.


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As a society, we’ve become so dependent on social media that it’s become a habit we can’t shake. You can try to go a day without checking any social media. In fact you might even accomplish it. For most, however, the risk of missing that one update after refreshing any of your feeds isn’t worth the risk.

For starters, social media has changed the way we receive and consume information. Since we have new updates coming at us nearly every minute, our attention spans have shortened and we’ve resorted to scanning things instead of actually paying attention and absorbing it. News agencies have had to adapt to this by making their content more web friendly and attaching visuals to compel readers into actually checking out what they have to say. Today’s news writers not only have to worry about accurately reporting news, but also how to squeeze the gist of their story into 140 characters.


It’s also changed the way we communicate with others. Nowadays there seems to be a stigma against actually calling a person instead of shooting them a text or email. And don’t get me started on leaving a voicemail. The horror! People are learning more about each other through internet browsing other than actually going up to and talking to the person.

Don’t get me wrong, social media is fantastic, and honestly we are at the point to where we can’t live without it. I just hope that we remember that behind our screens are real people and that it’s okay to ignore that notification bubble for a little bit.




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Oscar my Tweets

By Abisola Adeyemi

This evening Oscars hosted their 89th award ceremony and i experienced it from the red carpet to the actual event from the comfort of my twitter feed. The hashtag #Oscars was pretty lit if i do say so myself.

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I experienced most from the official twitter account @TheAcademy account which was poppin’.

The page is following 1156 accounts which are majority of celebrities and other media organizations, and they are followed by 22.8k followers. The feed was updated every time there was something not to miss on the red carpet, a quote or when there was an Oscar winner.

I thought the award presentations via twitter were cool. This was a brilliant way for followers to experience the ceremony as if they were watching it or there themselves.

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This was the many of the twitpics shared to their twitter feed to honor award recipients.

The fact that it is a red envelope like the one presented at the ceremony was pretty cool.

They also featured quotes like this one from Emma stone, which captures in words the way she felt when she received her award for Actress in Leading Role.Screen Shot 2017-02-26 at 11.30.15 PM.png

Engagement during the show with the followers was high which ranged from 200-4.0 k likes or retweets.

I would say this was a remarkable evening for social media, a chance for the public to take part in the excitement of their favorite stars and directors received recognition of hard work.

I couldn’t help but to think of the team behind this account that made this happen. From the looks of how every moment from the show was updated The Academy’s social media team was on top of their “a game” i would say.

To show how much of an engagement twitter had on the ceremony.  Stars were chosen to read mean tweets about them. I thought this was awkwardly funny, particularly because the tweeters probably had no idea that their tweets would even make it to national television, but to see the reactions from the stars they talked about was priceless. They didn’t seem to be too bothered about it, it was all banter i would say.

Felt like we were all present and winning.