My Thoughts on Snapchat

You know that super popular app that’s talked about everywhere, but you don’t really know why? Maybe you use this app, but you don’t understand why celebrities and Youtubers are so obsessed with it?

Okay, maybe that’s just me. It seems that nowadays, Snapchat is everywhere. It is talked about in school, in the grocery store, and on the internet. What I don’t understand is why it’s so popular.

I will admit, when I first got this app, I thought it was incredible. You could communicate with your friends in a whole new way. You could actually see their faces behind the message. You could tell if they were being sarcastic or not, you could make funny pictures and laugh at other people, and you could express your thoughts in a creative way.

But then I started to notice something. I noticed that people were taking more, more, and more selfies. Why? Because they had to! For Snapchat!

To me, Snapchat is contributing to a more self-absorbed society. It is giving more people more excuses to take selfies, and now it’s socially acceptable to take 20 selfies, and post them on your Snapchat story for no apparent reason.

I believe in putting a little to no value stamp on your appearance. Why? Because being insecure on your looks helps contribute to depression, shame, embarrassment, and even eating or mental disorders.

Another thing that I’ve noticed is that people just hang out with their friends… to show them off on Snapchat. There’s this unspoken thing where you hang out with your friends and post them just to let people know that you are popular and you “have a life.” This to me is also damaging to not only the viewer’s self-esteem, but to the poster as well. Are we really going to base our self-worth on how many Snapchat stories we can post with our friends? Shouldn’t we be more focused on hanging out with them, IRL, and living in the moment?

But maybe that’s just me.

I mean, this social media app has gone so far as to make staring at yourself in a video, listening or lip-syncing to music, socially acceptable. What?

This app also influences young teens to care more about their outer appearance. It pressures them to take more selfies, buy “selfie lights” from Kylie Jenner, and put on makeup for an hour, just to take a selfie. This is basically just the new Instagram. Yawn.

And lastly, this app is creating terrible memes! I mean, the “Damn Daniel” meme? Really? It wasn’t even remotely funny, and not only that, these young men (14 and 15…) are becoming internet stars overnight… for what? Showing off shoes and saying “damn Daniel” in a “funny” voice? They were actually on Ellen, believe it or not.

 

In conclusion, this app is slightly dangerous, so take this as a warning from me. I have learned all of this from personal experience.

Please make sure to leave your thoughts and comments below! Thank you for reading.

 

Good Morning!

Hello and good morning! It’s a beautiful day today where I live. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and, as usual, everywhere I look is so green.

I am going to be mindful today. I am so appreciative for what I have. The earth has provided me with the most beautiful scenery.

I hope you are appreciating the nature that surrounds you. Today I’m going to stay home and read a nice book and have a hot cup of tea.

I will also be writing on my novel, and if it turns out well, I will post the next chapter.

Thanks for reading.

I will reach for my dream

I think I finally discovered my true passion. I have always been fascinated on how the brain works and why and how people do things, and I have always admired psychologists, but it was only this year that I finally decided that I want to be one.

I know it will be hard, and it will take a lot of work, but it is something that I will do anything for. I want to diagnose and prescribe medication to people in need.

I might also become a forensic psychologist, which works with the law. A forensic psychologist diagnoses and analyzes criminals/suspects and decides if they are capable of committing a crime. It will be hard to deal with in times, and even sometimes my life may be in danger if I am analyzing a potentially very dangerous criminal, but I have weighed the pros and cons and decided that the pros outweigh the cons by a landslide for me.

If you know me, then you know that one of my favorite shows is Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and so I have always been fascinated with the law. I used to want to be a lawyer, (since 5th grade) but now I realize that I can work with the law but still be in the medical field.

To become a psychologist, I did a bit of research, and I learned that you have to first obtain a bachelor’s degree, then a masters, and then a PHD or a PsyD. It will take around 8-9 years, which seems like a long time, but I will be a doctor after all.

I am very excited that I have finally found my true passion. I can’t wait to do research and studies on people and how they react to the world around them.I am only 17 but I can safely say that I am confident in my decision.

I guess now it’s time to work my butt off to get into college.

Thanks for reading.

What to do when you are sick

Yesterday I caught a cold from school, and I haven’t gotten sick at all for almost a year and a half, so this is now a rare occasion for me. I used to get sick at least once or twice a month, and while it was sometimes caused by my dysmenorrhea (extreme cramps, vomiting, dizziness, lack of sleep, etc), I used to catch colds quite easily. Back then I had a weak immune system, which was mainly caused by meat and dairy.

Right now I have a cold, and yesterday I had a fever, so I am very weak and I feel very unproductive. But, my main priority is to get better, and here are some things that can help you cope with your sickness.

Play video games

I understand that you can’t always do this if you still have to go into work/school, but if you are staying home, video games are a great way to pass the time, and they make me feel a lot better. I would recommend playing calmer games though, such as Ori and the Blind Forest. If you aren’t into video games, maybe you could try some board games or games on your phone.

Read a book

Reading a book is a great way to stay calm and when you are sick, there is a lot of time to get caught up on the latest novel. I used to love to read, and I still do, but I have been mostly using my extra time to study Japanese.

Take a nap

This might be one of the more obvious ones, but with my cold, I have been getting severe headaches, and napping really helps, although I’ve had the same headache for about 20 hours… (Yes I have been drinking tons of water! It is ridiculous.)

(Binge) watch your favorite TV shows on Netflix

I love Netflix, and I’m sure you do too, so why not catch up on the latest TV show? I have been watching Black Butler (very intriguing and mysterious), My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (don’t judge me, when I’m sick, I can’t focus on anything too complicated) New Girl, (it’s hilarious) and RDG. (Red Data Girl. This anime is beautiful! It’s like a Ghibli film.)

Write on your blog

One of the things that I’m doing right now, since I’m glued to the couch.

 

I hope that you found this list useful. This is just what I have been doing, and not everybody is the same, so different things help different people. Thank you for reading!

Being a Girl in the Gaming Community

I only just started gaming so I am no pro, but as I continued to get more interested in gaming, I also started to learn some new things.

I learned that sexism is very common in the gaming community. I mean, I always knew because I have heard stories of women being discriminated against just because of their gender, but I didn’t know it was this bad. These men will also resort to kitchen jokes and derogatory terms.

Some men just can’t accept the fact that a woman can be better than them. They assume that if she’s better, she’s either ugly and fat, or cheating. (Men can be ugly and fat or cheating too? Do they automatically assume that men can’t be ugly if they are gamers?) Also, when they insult women, they tend to go straight to their looks. It’s disgusting, but quite funny, because I know for a fact that as long as they have that attitude, they will stay single.

Why do these men want to make gaming so exclusive? Why can’t they let women be as good as them?

I believe that these sexist men are actually very insecure, and anything or anyone who threatens their manhood is automatically a “bitch,” or a “whore.” These are some of the terms that they call women in the gaming community.

This is pretty ironic considering they are the ones that call women “emotional” or “sensitive,” and then they get all butthurt when a woman is better than them…

Men can be equally sensitive (and I’m all for that) but when they deny it… Come on now. This is 2016. Men can cry and get upset too. They are *spoiler alert* human.

Also, just yesterday I was shopping with my mother to get some new clothes. I walked by a Microsoft kiosk and noticed that they were selling Xbox One games. I excitedly walked over and proceeded to take a look. The man working there kind of looked at me strangely, and so did the other men around me. They were shocked to see me interested in the games they had to offer. (Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 4) and in that moment I realized that I was the odd one out. I was the freak; the weird girl who is into gaming.

Another thing that bothers me is the amount of games that are targeted to men. Not just any games though. Games that exploit women. They use this tactic to lure men… and people actually buy it. For example, the ever so popular GTA 5 is incredibly sexist. In this game, women are mere objects for the men to enjoy. There are entire articles written on the sexism in that game, so if you are interested you could check it out.

Tomb Raider is one of the ONLY games out there (that I know of) with a strong female lead. And actually, when it first came out, Lara Croft had an unrealistic barbie-proportioned body. Only in 2013 and 2015 did the makers of the game finally tone it down.

Luckily, I haven’t experienced sexism in gaming yet, especially since I am new to gaming and not a lot of people know that I even play, so if anything happens, I will most likely write about it.

Thank you for reading, and if you have anything to add, make sure to leave them down below!

Morning Thoughts

Today is a cloudy and quite chilly day in Oregon. Everything is still and calm. There are no cars, there are no leaf blowing-gardeners, and the only sound I can hear is the brief flow of the wind or the calming sound of geese flying south for the winter.

Days like this make me ponder life in general, and days like this make me appreciate what I have. I have an amazing family, and I live in a beautiful state. I am so glad that I moved here. Being in California was nice, but tiring, because the people were often negative and judgmental. (Including the old me!)

Everyone in Portland is unique, nice, and open. They aren’t afraid to tell you that they shop at Goodwill, they aren’t shy to show you their third tattoo that they got last Saturday, and they definitely aren’t afraid to give you a smile, even if you’re just a stranger walking by, down the street.

I feel like I’m in a place where I finally fit in. I can talk about my love for anime or video games without being stared at, I can wear dark purple-red lipstick and actually get compliments instead of whispers, and I can chat about veganism and the environment without being called a pretentious hipster.

I live in an area where they celebrate veganism, feminism, they fight for LGBT rights, and they accept everyone.

I am glad that I got to experience Portland. I will not be leaving it anytime soon.

 

Thanks for reading.