• As the generation who has grown up with social media and texting, it’s surprising to learn that the decrease in face-to-face communication that it has caused is detrimental to our development. Speaking from personal experience, about a decade of my life was social media and texting free, so I feel like our generation has the basis of how to…[Read more]

  • Hi Kenny,

    I really liked your post. I agree with you that being an American extends beyond the literal definition of being an American. I especially liked your point about how being an American means having opportunity: opportunity to better yourself, your community, and your nation. Since the beginning of our nation, Americans have always had…[Read more]

  • The internet is changing our brains. It’s a system of distraction. We get the rewards of having unlimited information at our fingertips, at the cost of being kept in a state of perpetual distraction and constant

    • Anna,

      I found your article very interesting. Specifically, when you said “We’re relying on Google to store knowledge long-term, instead of our own brains.” This topic is something I am also very interested in. I agree that people are not able to deeply analyze a subject anymore. Also, I think that people are becoming more isolated and not as social in person as they used to be. I have attached a link below that gives more information the use of technology and its impact on society. I look forward to reading your next post.

      Technology And Society – Impact of Technology On Society

    • Dear Anna, I see a memory as something that will become not nessiary after a while in our race. This will become the equivalent of hunting and gahering skills where only a few people have them while the majoruty of society doesn’t. I don’t see this as a good bad thing but rather just a way the world evolves and changes. They change over time and what is nessisary today wont be tommorow. This article sumerizes this, http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/20/when-memories-are-remembered-they-can-be-rewritten/
      Thanks, Simon

    • Anna,
      I really enjoyed reading your article. I thought it was very interesting when you said “We’re relying on Google to store knowledge long-term, instead of our own brains.” I completely agree with that statement. I find myself doing the same thing and thinking that I won’t have to remember it because I basically have google in my pocket every day. I think that the internet is letting us hide a lot from our actual feelings and lowering the importance of face to face contact with others. I found an article that focused on the four negative sides of technology. I loved your post! I hope to hear again from you soon.
      http://www.edudemic.com/the-4-negative-side-effects-of-technology/

  • Alexandra,
    I’m so happy to see that other people like yourself care about the environment. Just thinking about how the planet is ‘dying’ stresses me out to no end. I agree with you that the President can and should do more about this issue. I think it was an extremely rash and flat out dumb move the President to pull out of the Paris Climate…[Read more]

  • Caleigh,
    As a senior, this is on the forefront of my family’s mind. No matter what school you go to, at the end of the day you’re paying for a degree, and it’s insane that it can cost up to $60,000 a year to attend college. This is such an interesting topic, and if you’d like to find out even more, I found a great article about just how much the…[Read more]

  • Anna wrote a new post, Reef 1 month ago

    Point of View Writing About a Photo:

    Reef

    Below the surface

    Beneath the surging waves

    I have been growing

     

    An anchor to life

    I break the tranquility

    I offer a home

     

    Adorned in colors

    As vibrant as a

    • Anna, I loved your poem. I recently got back from a trip to Catalina Island where I snorkeled frequently and saw many of the images your poem presented. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but your stanzas all follow a similar structure to a haiku poem–give or take a few syllables here and there. I loved the use of repetition in the first and last stanzas as well. If you are interested in learning more about coral reefs, here is a great informational website I found! http://ocean.si.edu/corals-and-coral-reefs

    • Anna, I appericate your poem. In a time of turmoil this peom leaves my feeling calm and safe. So thankyou for giving me a break from the chaos. ( also if I like to learn more about reefs you might want to read ” The Reef” by Ian McCalman).

  • Hi Erica,
    I always believed that community had a significant effect on personality, but it’s really interesting that where you are located geographically has an effect as well. I think the study you posted about was fascinating. You may like this article, http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/10/regions-personalities.aspx, about research…[Read more]

  • Hi Lexie!
    Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself, I feel like I really got to know you, even though you only wrote a couple of paragraphs. You condensed a lot of information into a short piece of writing, without making it feel like I was just reading a bunch of facts. I like the way that you organized your post. It was straightforward…[Read more]

  • In this article about whether or not money can buy happiness, I learned that wealth alone does not determine happiness or quality of life. However, wealth is important, specifically how people are spending their

    • Hello:) I completely agree with your position about happiness and money. Money can buy you whatever you want: an iPhone, food or a plane ticket to Paris. Though money cannot always buy you happiness, but it can you buy you an experience (as you said), and an experience can bring you happiness. I feel though that some people have trouble accepting that, that money can help you buy or just buy happiness. It doesn’t have a good “feel,” when saying that, even though sometimes it is true. Thank you for sharing:)
      Jessica

  • I agree with you Hadley. It really is hard to believe the inhumanity that animals have to suffer by the hands of humans. You wrote that “countless studies have shown that not only is it excruciating physically but also mentally for the animals.” If you write on this subject again, I would be love to know which studies specifically show the…[Read more]

  • I have also wondered about the effects of social media on kids in the future, and even on ourselves, as we are the first generation to experience the limitless world of social media. I agree with you, I think social media has a negative effect on kids. It prevents them from learning crucial social skills since all communication is online. I think…[Read more]

  • To be happy is to feel pleasure or contentment, and I believe it is one of the most important aspect of a person’s life. Everyone should aim to be happy, because to be happy is to be fulfilled in life. With this i

    • Hi Anna, I agree with your statement that all of us should strive for happiness. Happiness should be such an important part of our lives and it should drive our motivation, relationships and goals. That beings said, what is the happiest place on Earth? Even though the Central African Republic has an average of 2.69 on the happy scale, people there might be more grateful for what they have and the relationships that they have, more so than developed countries. Even though people may not have material goods, they might be more happy than those who do.

    • Dear Anna,
      I am very pulled in by your writing, In a way I agree with you but just in a few instances. Happiness is essential because if someones not happy they might go as far to take their life. When you said,”Disneyland has been nicknamed “the happiest place on earth”, and although many people may be happy while in Disneyland, I don’t think it can truly be ‘the happiest place on earth’ because many people are also unhappy there. “, I agree. I agree because happiness is not the same or derived from the same place for everyone and can be difficult to find. Also when you said, “the saddest country, Central African Republic had an average of a 2.69.” It made me think, sometimes depending on peoples well being or where they come from can effect whether their quality of life is where they find happiness.

      Sincerely,
      Justin

    • Anna,
      This was a great read and made me think about this topic in a way I never had before. I agree with you about Disneyland not being the happiest place on earth. I wonder wether the UNs stats reflect how everyone in those countries feel or if they are only reflect a select few who where interviewed. To continue reading on this I suggest this article https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/20/norway-ranked-worlds-happiest-country-as-the-us-gets-sadder.html because it goes into the social relationships you talked about. This was a very interesting read and I look forward to reading your writing in the future.
      Simon

    • Anna,
      It is interesting that happiness can be quantified, and some countries have a greater level of happiness than others. Like you said, happiness is difficult to define since it can be relative–happiness can vary from person to person. My dad spent a lot of time in Norway when he was younger, and he says that the happiness of the people is probably due to their good pay, lots of vacation, and free health care/education. Also, it is a very beautiful place to live. According to this article (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/20/happiest-country-world-united-nations/99280014/) most of the happiest countries share the same benefits. It shows that some of these policies should be adopted to fix the sadness present in other countries.

      Sam

    • Hi Anna, I really liked how you talked about happiness and the happiest place in the world. I too, wrote about happiness. I thought it interesting that you said the happiest place in the world is different for each person because what one person likes, is not necessarily what another person likes. Do you think there is a place in the world where everyone would be happy, even if it is not their happiest place in the world? What is your happiest place in the world?

    • Hello Anna. I think I have been greatly enlightened in the ways people determine happiness. This piece really opened my eyes to the deeper complexity of one of humanities most essential, defining emotions. I loved the rhetorical questions that you had added in. They heavily influenced me to reconsider an idea that I thought could be understood so simply. Thank you for giving me a new perspective on happiness.

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