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    The Mental Health Epidemic

    Social media is a place that allows for media anywhere to be seen around the world. A connection between people is incredibly easy over the internet. I never thought too much about how the constant use of social media...

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    • Hi Alvaro, I was very intrigued with your article and the coverage you put on social media today. I agree a lot with what you are saying. I thought it was interesting to put the aspect of not using social media as much until a teen has a grasp on themselves and their mental health. I feel as if that reflects the notion of learning to love yourself in a way. Personally, as a teen, mental health is a huge thing going on in my life and many others. I looked through the article below and I thought the information in there connected well with what you are saying in your article. Thanks for your writing and I appreciate the additional information about mental health connected with social media.
      https://www.mcleanhospital.org/essential/it-or-not-social-medias-affecting-your-mental-health

    • Hi Alvaro. I really agree with what you had to say. I think that social media is a great thing it can entertain someone for hours where they would just be bored and losing their mind but at the same time it can destroy a person. The reasons for that is I believe it can be very toxic if you are in the bad place of mind. I think that its deeper than just social media bad I think if people are going through something and do not really love themselves then social media will just amplify that feeling when they see others having a great time. I really think your take is interesting and it made me look at it differently and it is important to look at mental health.
      https://www.psycom.net/social-media-teen-mental-health

    • Hi Alvaro, I am intrigued by your article because of your opinions on the effect social media has on people. I also liked how you brought up that social media has benefits as well. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “People, teens especially, who are most vulnerable to being overwhelmed by their emotions: depression, anxiety, stress, need to understand why they feel the way they do. Why they do the things they do before they start using social media. ” I think this is a good point, but I also think that although suicide rates are high amongst teens the blame should not go to social media. Kids create a lot of their own issues by not taking care of stuff that hurts them. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I had to write an essay on whether I though social media was good or bad for teens mental health. I think that kids mental has always been an issue and while the creation of social media doesn’t help it I don’t think it hurts it either. All kids when they are having a hard time struggle to tell people and that’s their own fault. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you offer a great opinion on social media. The mental health issues of teens is a big issue and needs to be more heavily discussed.

    • Hi Alvaro, I’m interested in your post about mental health and its tie to social media. Your points are valid and highly important, as social media use continues to expand and mental illness with it. I resonate especially with your weighing of social media’s pros and cons, for it both “battles loneliness and boredom through easy communication” and “ allows people to set up creates a distorted reality.” When social media sets up a simple, but temporary, solution to feelings of loneliness, boredom, etc., it cultivates non-interactive tendencies and avoidance of said feelings. The twisted reality sets in as customized images and messages become more impactful than physical connections. Less reliance on social media needs to be promoted, and the emotions that are often soothed by it acknowledged as human and better remedied by human interaction. Thank you for prompting a conversation about social media and mental health, and I’d love to read your future posts.

      Sincerely, Hannah

    • Hi Alvaro, I thought your article was very interesting. I agree that teenagers are on social media way too often. My dad has always said that people spend too much time looking at other people’s lives, and not living their own. I think social media can be good in moderation since it can provide inspiration or connection. However, it is hard to have self-control with social media. It is so easy to continue scrolling and lose track of time. I often find myself using it as an escape to distract my mind from stress. This leads to procrastination. On social media, it’s natural that people only show the highlights. It paints a picture of a perfect life. I think this can have a negative impact on mental health when people start to compare themselves. I think you brought up a great conversation since this is something that is not really talked about. Teenagers, myself included, don’t like to admit that they are on their phones too much. I liked how you said, “we need to be taught to notice and healthily act on our feelings and thoughts”.

    • Hi Alvaro, I really enjoyed what you said and agree with it. How social media is a place to spend time either bored or doing something and it can be for the good or bad for our mental health. As a teen mental health is a huge aspect of our lives especially during this pandemic and this can bring a lot of insights and or ideas to people to focus on yourself.

    • Hi Alvaro, I completely agree with what you had to say. Social media is extremely detrimental to the health of teens and you can see it everywhere. Even on sites like TikTok you will see teens posting about how sad they are or how they wished they looked like someone. Im glad someone else notices how social media negatively influences not only our generation, but the generations below us who are growing up with this at such a young age.

    • Dear Alvaro
      I completely agree with your post ” The Mental Health Epidemic,” because social media has had an effect on my mental health too. I agree that social media creates a distorted reality.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ” Our society needs to change its perspective on mental health.” I think this is true because social media creates a fake reality that makes people think that’s how they should be.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this isn’t often talked about when it should be. I could relate to these types of important topics that will gladly have me back on your posts.

    • Hey Alvaro, I am very impressed with your post and the unbiased points you proved. For instance, it was very important of you to note the two sides of social media, the one that is entertaining and distracts you from the world, and the other where it questions your self worth. I think it is very amusing how social media can be so bright but yet so dark at the same time.

      One sentence that stands out from your post is the one where you stated the fact that suicide is the second highest cause of death for a teen. This was really important to know due to the fact that teenager’s amxiety, depression and mental illness rises when being too much on social media. Social media can really put down a person, not just teens. This a great statement you provided because it can serve as a PSA or a warning that social media is causing them to commit suicide.

      Thanks for your writing, I look forward for your next post. You are great providing the two sides of a story not just one, and I really like that.

      Juan

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    Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While

    Plastic bags have been a staple when buying goods for many years. This has unfortunately lead to a downhill path. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States alone used and threw away 4 million tons of plastic bags...

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    • Dear Alvaro
      I am very interested by your post, “Plastic bags are gonna stay for a while,” because you brought some interesting information that caught my attention. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Although banning plastic bags would help the environment, there’s also a downside”.
      ” I think this is thoughtful. Because Everything that has a good side also comes with consequences or a bad side.
      Another sentence that I found interesting was: “If plastic bags were to be banned, then they all risk losing their jobs.” This stood out for me because I have family who work in factories making these types of bags and it would impact them negatively if this happens.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because they caught readers attention and it’s very interesting.

    • Dear Alvaro:
      I am interested by your post, “Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While,” because you brought up a topic that not alot of people talk about .
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “People who don’t care enough to properly dispose of their plastic are also responsible for plastic being where it shouldn’t” I think this is sad because people do not realise the damage they are causing.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you bring up the underlying topic that people stray away from
      Bryan nunez

    • Dear Alvaro
      I am commenting on your post, “Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay For A While,” because I am very concerned with the amount of plastic polluting the earth. I am aware and worried about the effects that plastics have on the environment. I am glad to hear about the efforts to recycle the plastics. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “To conclude, it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I think this is inspiring because it makes hope seem in reach. It also provides a reason for recycling. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I feel that you will continue to address issues that need to be addressed. I also enjoy your writing style and word choice.

    • Dear Alvaro
      I genuinely enjoyed reading your post “Plastic Bags Are Gonna Stay for a While,” because this topic is about something that more people should address.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “To conclude, it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I like this sentence because i think it overall summarizes what you talked about. You also include your own personal opinion and what you believe is right.
      I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I liked reading your post. I liked it because I would have not expected you to write about this topic. I really like how you composed your post, and how you used multiple sources as your evidence.
      – Diana Zuniga

    • Dear Alvaro:

      I am intrigued about your post, “Plastic bags are gonna stay for a while” because it’s an issue that hasn’t had as much attention as it should have. This is an issue that affects us, the environment, and animals so negatively, that if something isn’t done in the near future, there might not be a chance at recovery.
      One sentence that caught my attention is: “…it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I agree with this because we are the ones responsible for creating an issue that shouldn’t have existed in the first place.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you have in store in the future because you pointed out who and what is affected by this issue. I also enjoy the insight you included on the topic.

      Matthew

    • Alvaro! Your post is so interesting. This is such an important topic that not enough people are talking about. I am very fond of the ocean and all of its creatures, and I find it so sad when I see pictures of a seals stomach cut open with pure plastic filling it. I am also very involved in ocean conservation, and our trash may be the biggest problem that our ocean faces. This article really goes into detail and explains all of the facts and evidence. Thank you for spreading the word.

    • Plastic Bags are a classic dilemma today because of the amount of jobs in the plastic bag industry. You said “it is our job to stop the suffering of our planet’s animals and clean up this mess.” I completely agree. We need to ban plastic bags and a way to support the people who would lose jobs. There’s no other option, because by 2050, if nothing changes, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

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