• 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 s…[Read more]

  • Ahmiah,
    I appreciate your writing about this subject. I find that this is a very pressing issue in the United States right now. This is something I am also very interested in. I thought it was impactful when you said “The 13th amendment shows that during the Reconstruction Era slavery wasn’t allowed unless it was punishment for a crime because it…[Read more]

  • What effect would limiting social media and cellphones at school and work have? What effect does having too much stuff have on people?

    Cell phones and social media can have large effects on human health when they

  • Lily,

    I find this post very interesting. I like when you said “”American” is a widely used term, and what is its meaning? Naturally you would hear this question and simply google, “American definition” but I’m not asking for the textbook definition. I am asking what is the essential significance to this word, what is YOUR interpretation of the…[Read more]

  • Anthony,

    This is a very interesting subject. I liked how you said “if we were able to have more lucid dreams we would be able to study for a test, prepare ourselves for an event, or a big business meeting.” It makes your argument more personal. Also, I found a source that you could look into about how common lucid dreaming is and what studies…[Read more]

  • When I hike up Ensign Peak, just a mere 350 feet up, I am always amazed by the beautiful view that surrounds me. The gravel trail winds to the top of the mountain until it reaches a monument made of stones. When I

    • I love the use of words in this paragraph. The language you use to convey the experience of hiking up Ensign Peak really paints a picture of what you experience. By describing more than one of the locations you can see from Ensign Peak, you really make the scope of the perch seem large. Additionally, by recording your feelings and the memories those feelings activate when you’re on the peak, you also create ambiance.

    • Paola replied 4 weeks ago

      Dear erica,
      One sentence you wrote that stand out to me was ” This view makes me feel at peace, and it has ever since I was little and would hike the mountain with friends”. it stood out to me because I can see what you visualize and i would of liked if connected it to the people who have to see there neighborhood really in bad place and how that affects to now. But overall i loved how you shared everything about your neighborhood sincerely, paola.

  • Walter, I believe the issue you have chosen is very serious topic facing our world right now. It is important to discuss solutions to this topic, especially because it affects the health of so many people. I liked the idea you proposed that “In order to combat this big problem, we have to plant trees and recycle.” I would like to see more from you…[Read more]

  • Hannah, I found your article very interesting. Specifically when you said “Social networking services, such as Facebook, Snapchat, provide new opportunities for users to maintain core social networks but there are less and less face to face interactions within family and friends.” I agree that people are becoming more isolated and not as social in…[Read more]

  • Over many decades of study, people have found that there are five main personality types. However, researchers have been questioning if the five personality traits are evenly distributed across the world, or if

    • Erica, this is a very interesting topic, I agree that the place we live greatly influences our personality type. I can see this in the large difference between someone from Utah versus someone from New York City. I believe this is due to the environmental factors present as well as the culture there. Places like New York City carry a general dialect that differs from that of Utah and I believe that alone influences someone’s personality or character. I also believe there are some places that have enough diverse culture present that it has little to no effect on general personality of the people.

    • 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 that reveals that regions within the US exhibit distinct personalities. Something you may want to take into account when researching this topic is the Rocky Mountain Suicide Belt. Research has shown that this section of the US has the highest amount of people with depression and amount of suicides, because of the high altitude, meaning that people located in geographic areas with high altitudes may be more sad than those located at sea level. If you’d like to learn more, check out this article about the Rocky Mountain Suicide Belt: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2013/06/solving-the-riddle-of-the-u-s–suicide-belt.html.

  • Grace,

    This is a very interesting topic. I agree that the American dream has changed. I liked how you pointed out that “it is sad to me that people base their life off of material success and not freedom and happiness in a safe country where you have your own rights to live whatever life you want to live.” Have you looked into current pre…[Read more]

  • Edgar,
    I appreciate your writing about this subject. I find that this is a very pressing issue in the United States right now. This is something I am also very interested in. I thought what you said about “a mass amount of people are sophisticated enough to deserve higher paying jobs and education levels but the country we live in only sees them a…[Read more]

  • Mauro,

    That is a very interesting subject. I liked how you said “charter schools seem to be draining money from the public schools and limiting the resources available to students like you.” It makes your argument more personal. However, I also think you could add another aspect to your research. Have you considered adding how teachers feel about…[Read more]

  • Adelle,
    I found this post very interesting. I too enjoy the simple things. I think you would enjoy this article (link below) about how to live a more content life. I thought the way you ended the essay with “I want all of these things. They remind me of when I was younger, and they emanate a feeling of comfort. Simplicity is calming and neutral…[Read more]

  • Thomas,
    I found your post very interesting. I think you would enjoy the article (link below) about how destiny is determined by your decisions. I agreed with your statement that “choosing the path of determinism leaves no room for many of the cultural and advanced philosophical values that we hold close today.” People have formed many important…[Read more]

  • Technology will continue to drastically change our society. There are positive connotations that come with technology. It has increased food production through the mechanization of farming. In addition, technology

    • Erica, I completed agree with all the points you have made in your post. Technology is a very volatile element in our culture today and has its benefits and hindrances. You included an interesting quote from the Huffington Post that said, “children’s developing sensory, motor, and attachment systems have biologically not evolved to accommodate this sedentary, yet frenzied and chaotic nature of today’s technology.” Including this really helped to get the message across that we must not forget that managing our screen time is an important aspect in maintains good health. Thank you for sharing this article with us.

    • Erica, I really enjoyed your post more specifically the quote about how technology “increases the risk of isolation, alienation, and withdrawal from society, but available evidence shows that the Internet neither isolates people nor reduces their sociability; it actually increases sociability, civic engagement, and the intensity of family and friendship relationships, in all cultures.” I would find this to be relevant today because it’s how people are connected to their education and how they are collaborating with other people. I liked that you pointed out how there’s a hiccup in this innovation and it’s in the form of people not knowing how to communicate with other people. I think the next question I ask is whether we will share this ‘magic’ with everyone, or with only a privileged few, or is this “magic” bad and should not be shared.

    • Dear :Erica
      I am pleased with your post “How will technology impact our society?,” because our society has advanced so much due to the technology we have now.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Technology will continue to drastically change our society.” I think this is true because we are continuously gaining more knowledge and advancing technology , building new things.Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because It had some interesting thoughts put into it

    • I like that you looked at both sides. Technology is a very interesting topic, but it’s also a little scary. Did you know our computers are learning to code themselves? “DeepCoder is a machine learning system that can write its own code. It does this using a technique called program synthesis. Essentially, it creates new programs by combining existing lines of code taken from other software, which is what human coders do. With a particular output in mind, DeepCoder was able to determine which lines or pieces of code would be particularly useful.” (https://futurism.com/4-our-computers-are-learning-how-to-code-themselves/)

      I like that you looked at what it’s doing to kids, but I would love to have learned more about the other things. You go into short detail on some other aspects, but I feel like I’d love to know more!

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