Archive for June, 2014

There are many reasons to not like social media. Sure, it has brought us all closer together and allows us to connect with others that we may never have met before. Social media allows us to stay on top of events in the world in general.

Yet, there are things that social media is not good for chief amongst this is just plain too much information. People seem to give up too much of themselves online. It has gotten to the point where anything that you say or do online can be used against you.

Recently, I was speaking with a career counselor from my alma mater and the first thing that he asked me was:

“Do you have a LinkedIn account?”

I answered in the affirmative and then a moment later he went online and found my account. He said my profile looked pretty good, by the way. Anyhow, this is just another example of how others can look you up online at any time. So, those of you posting random attacks, posting lewd pictures, and dirty jokes beware.

Someone is watching you.

I harken back to the days before computers became such an integral part of our lives. My friends and I would go outside to play baseball or basketball.

Outside. What a concept?

Today, we are all mired behind our computers checking out Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media platform that consumes us.

Here’s an idea: walk away from your computer!

Leave it for a little while anyway. Go outside. Reacquaint yourself with the sunshine and trees. They are still there and would probably enjoy your company.

Social media does have its place and is a great tool when it is used properly. But we should not let it dominate our lives. There is a whole world out there to see with our own eyes and not filtered through a computer screen.

So, who is ready for a beach trip?

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A Single Thought

Posted: June 21, 2014 in My Opinion

What you think does have an impact on future thoughts. Think bad and one will have a succession of negative thoughts. Think positive and life will be more uplifting. It is all a matter of perception.

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Tech has invaded every part of our lives. Whatever happened to those halcyon days before tech and computers in particular?

This is not to say that all things tech are bad, hardly. Modern technology has helped to streamline tasks that would have taken significant time in the past. In general, technology is great.

It stops being great when one allows it to overtake their lives. Just look at people who are glued to their smart phones and pads, not to mention their Xboxes and Playstations.

We have become so enamored with our gadgets that we forget about the world around us. Nature is forgotten. The beauty of a morning sunrise is ignored. The blue skies are also forgotten.

The trend has become that humanity overlooks the damage it has caused our Earth. The pollution. The toxic emissions. The destruction of forests in the name of progress. These actions will come back to bite humanity in the ass.

Let’s face it, the Earth existed thousands of years before the first humans and will most likely outlive us as well.

We need to start paying attention and caring again. Humans need to put aside their technological distractions and appreciate the natural beauty that is around them.

Staring into a television or computer screen will not do this. We need to get out there and experience it for ourselves. Let’s be that change to make our world a better place.