Are We Too Connected?

So in the last couple of blogs I’ve done I’ve noticed that I comment quiet a bit about social media and the effects that it seems to be having on our generation. And I promise that I am not anti-technology but something happened recently that shocked me so much that I must share it.

Let me set the scene…

On Monday (last week), I was at my Mema’s eating lunch and my cousin was sitting across from me watching a YouTube video from one of the O2L guys. Apparently this guy has decided that because of personal reasons he is going to stop vlogging. The sad part of this video, which I over-heard, was that he had to express and plead with his viewers to not be mad or upset that he was quitting blogging. As if he needed to justice his reasons and tell his fans not to hate him and do anything rash just because he wasn’t going to post anymore. What happened next was even more astonishing. Not only did my cousin cry, rather a lot, the fact that this guy wasn’t blogging anymore actually made her very depressed for the whole day.

I find this reaction to be very strange. Well to me anyway. I mean I get emotionally involved with the books I read and the movies I watch but overall I know that it’s not the end of the world when the story ends. And my best-friend and I are totally obsessed with certain actors who might have the initials of TH and BC :)!  Yet if they decided to stop acting we wouldn’t start freaking out like so many of the girls have done over this O2L thing. The reactions, all over the internet, about this boy not vlogging anymore is crazy. There are a lot of tweens and young adults who are genuinely upset and I wanted to make a point out of this…

IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!

It seems that teens and young adults of our generation have become so immersed in  the internet and instant-gratification that they get detached from the reality that the people that blog, vlog, and post things on the internet are actually real people, with real events going on in their lives. They get so attached to the fact that these vloggers post every other day that they expect it to happen and when it doesn’t they get angry and upset. It just seems so strange.

I am not a hermit. I have certain vloggers that I watch such as the Vlogbrothers and the Skit Guys. But if they ended up not posting videos anymore I would understand. It’s their choices to post videos and invite the world into their lives and frankly if they stopped posting I would astonishingly have more time on my hands! Go figure! So maybe it’s time that the youth of our generation “unplug” from the internet and go socialize with some actual people who can hear you speak to them and will really talk back to what you say. Or at least get some perspective on the aspect of the internet and realize that when someone “takes a break” from vlogging or posting that there is normally a reason behind it and that you should respect their space and not freak out about it.

End of rant I swear 🙂

Now on to other news….

1. I met with a local author and received some pointers on writing! I have some great ideas and it seems to have helped me a lot with my book. It’s going well and I’m hoping to keep it going that way! It’s really exciting!!!

2. As for unplugging. My college ministry will be going on a Faith Building Weekend in two weeks! We are headed up to Defeated Creek camp grounds and are going to be camping there all weekend. It should be interesting since some of these girls have never slept out in a tent on the floor before, or at least would rather not. It will be a huge step for a lot of them. And we will be hiking and swimming and talking about God 🙂 It will be a great time hopefully! So keep us in your prayers.

Until Next Time!

 

God Bless!

Nicole M.

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In the Name of the Nerd Show

This blog made me think of a very good friend of mine and me lol Nerds Forever!

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I have a confession.

Let me start with a little background information first, though.  As a kid in middle and high school, I watched a hodge podge of television programs.  I enjoyed all the shows I’d grown up watching–Spongebob Squarepants, Fairly Odd Parents, usually the stuff on Disney Channel–but I also liked older shows, like Family Guy, Tosh.0, and reality television like Dance Moms (I watch it for the dancing, I swear).

Since I came to college, though, I almost never watch television.  I basically can only watch things that are on the Internet or on DVD, at least at my own leisure.  Despite this, I’ve actually become dedicated to more specific television shows.

And here’s the confession:  They’re all kinda nerdy.

I think it started with Dr. Who.  During freshman year, my friend Julia had a prospective student come to stay overnight.  We didn’t really have a lot to…

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A Little Update

So I know I’m horrible at updating blogs and I also always say that I am going to get better at posting more…..but I think that jinks me! So I am not going to do it today! (Or have I already jinxed myself by mentioning the jinx in the first place??)

So as some of you know, I am taking the majority of my classes online this semester. This has turned out to be a little of a challenge with the enormous amount of reading you have to do (which I am actually procrastinating on an essay just to write this blog. But who doesn’t procrastinate right?) Between classes, Sigma Alpha, work, and church I am amazed to say that it is finally OCTOBER!!! It’s time for ghosts and ghouls, candy and fun!!!! Can you tell that this is one of my most favorite times of the year? I am especially excited about a Halloween carnival that my church is putting on for the Domestic Violence Shelter in town, which I am of course helping to decorate!

But another reason that I am excited that October is here, is it is time to start planning for NaNoWriMo!! As I’ve said before I was starting to write a novel, but that has kind of hit a wall. So, instead I have decided to do NaNoWriMo this year and hopefully get some of these ideas that I have been itching to get down on paper out! Wish me luck!

Last but not least! Since it is October that means Fall Break! Which is finally here for us poor college students but sadly this Fall Break is going to be spent studying in preparation to get all my homework done before next weekend! I’m trying to get a head of the ball so that I can relax when the college group goes on a Fall Retreat to Christmont which is a camp type retreat in North Carolina! It’s going to be gorgeous and it’ll be good to get away for a while.
Now that I have sufficiently procrastinated on my essay which is now due is 3 hrs I should probably go write a little.

I hope everyone is stopping to smell the roses every now and then!
DFTBA!

Nicole 🙂