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  • Hi Paige,
    I thought this blog post was very thoughtful and well written. I believe this is a very important to bring attention to as it affects many people everyday. I like how you emphasize the levity of negative words on someone, as opposed to positive words. One must hear positive words much more than negative before they start to believe it…Read More

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    How Social Media Affects the Way We Speak

    There is no doubt that social media and the internet has changed the way we communicate and speak in our daily lives today. All one has to do to recognize this is watch an old movie or television show...

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    • Mary,
      I agree with your point that people often neglect the effects that social media and technology can have on our communication skills. You used strong evidence to support your argument and examples to help the reader understand. I also like that you identified a specific example of how technology has changed our vocabulary. The example of social anxiety and a lack of confidence in certain situations gives the reader insight into the consequences that technology and social media can have.

    • Mary,
      I like how you emphasized the point of social media’s effect on people in their means of communication. We often overlook the changes in our vocabulary in correspondence with current trends on the internet, most notably those on social media. The changes are important to note becuase they cause a divide among generations and can lead to misconception within our communication with others. The point you brought up about interviews is very intriguing. It is very critical for adolescents to understand that the way you speak influences the way others view you as a person. Language is a powerful tool created for human interaction and matters as much as the actions we exhibit.

    • Dear Mary,
      I am interested in your post because it discusses the important topic of the effects of social media on our everyday lives. I think that many people do not realize how largely affected we all are by social media. I like how you mention that “speaking trends on social media will eventually begin to appear in the way one speaks.” I think this is interesting because it draws attention to how easily our way of speaking can be influenced by technology. The speaking trends on social media quickly spread and change, so all social media users are constantly being affected by it. I also like how you pointed out that social media can provide an outlet to be less social, affecting the way we communicate. Thanks for your post, and I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Dear Mary,
      I am intrigued by your post because it demonstrates the way social media has impacted the way we speak. You also describe the way social media has impacted us mentally and emotionally, especially due to the fact that we have the opportunity to hide behind our screens if we are nervous to be in a public settings, which can increase social anxiety. One thing you said that really stood out for me is “the integration of social media into our daily lives, affecting the way we speak, has both pros and cons, but this is what society has progressed to so learning the new social language is inevitable. “ I think this sentence is very interesting because it demonstrates how people have no choice but to learn the new social language because it is integrated into our daily lives. Your post reminds me and keeps me aware of how much I use internet slang in my daily life without even realizing it, yet do so because it is so ingrained in our society. Your post opened my eyes to how much this new social language truly impacts the way I speak. Thank you for your project, I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas offer a fresh perspective to many people regarding the way social media affects the way we speak, and it raises people’s awareness as to how they vocalize their ideas in their daily lives.

  • I really like how you emphasize how powerful our generation and young people actually are. I think older generations are sometimes quick to shut down young people just because we have less experience or haven’t lived as long as them. But I think our perspective is much different than theirs because we have grown up integrating empathy within our l…Read More

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    Empathy’s Role in Relationships

    Empathy plays an important role in many situations, especially in situations pertaining to mental illness. The way one expresses empathy towards those with mental illness can affect one’s relationship with the person, positively or negatively. One may see someone’s...

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    • Mary, I really like your post about mental health and empathy. I think you did a really good job tying the ideas of empathy and a single story into mental health awareness. I agree with you on how empathy is very important especially for people with mental health issues. And I like how you said to look past the single story of mental health and have empathy. because often I think people have negative stereotypes towards mental illness and it results in a lack of empathy and understanding about what they are going through.

    • I really liked how you tied the idea of a single story to the issues mental health can cause. This is also relatable because with how our society is today mental illness is a very present issue and I know many people that struggle with these issues, and many times I have to break the single story idea and put myself in their shoes in order to try and help them and understand what they are going through. I really liked this article and I think it was super relatable and understandable



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