• Billy my boy! I really liked your topic and this is a question that has interested my ever since I was little. I have found that there have been many predictions for the apocalypse that have not come true such as the famous one that was predicted in 2012. I personally believe that humans can not accurately predict the exact date this will…[Read more]

  • Ishak, I am also very angered by this teachers comments. I believe a diversity in languages could rather improve how America functions rather than act as a barrier. I believe this gives everyone an opportunity to step outside and learn a new language. I do not believe English should be the only spoken language in the United States at all. I…[Read more]

  • It seems strange to question this social norm we as human beings have conformed to for the majority of history.  However, I always do wonder if it is biologically natural for humans to be monogamous, that is, to

  • Lydia, this topic is a very intriguing one, I believe social media has become a platform that is being used for reasons other than its original intended purpose. I believe it has become a symbol of status and presents an opportunity for cyberbullying to occur. I believe that social media has changed the way we judge others, especially the ones…[Read more]

  • Thomas, your findings for this post are very interesting. I believe Utah may become more of a young adult state, due to Utah being a popular destination for young adults to start their families as well as attend school. I believe this growth also is due to the factor of Utah’s colleges and universities becoming more advanced and well known,…[Read more]

  • 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…[Read more]

  • Emotions are very weird and to be quite frank, terrifying.  Emotions for another human being cause so many issues associated with pain, distrust, and anger.  So why do we as humans even bother caring for one a

    • This was very interesting to read. I agree with what you’re saying, about how the human brain almost likes being sad. On social media lately, I have seen so many tweets or posts about being sad or how being happy is lame. I feel like being sad is comforting to some people, which is strange to think. Though, it is way easier to be sad than happy. I wonder if our generation is the first to experience the “coolness of being sad,” or if it something everyone feels. I really enjoyed your piece, and the questions you have raised.
      Jessica

    • Max, this is such an intriguing topic and discovery, and this makes me want to learn more about it! I would have never guessed this phenomenon before reading this, but now it makes so much sense. The science behind it is both contradictory to what you would conventionally think and also very simple once it’s described. It is incredibly interesting to me that monotony of life causes this all, that not having occasions that are happy be special, they all blend together and cause a human to want what they lack: sadness. The most daunting sentence is this: “This causes humans to unknowingly crave distress.” It seems like it can sneak up on somebody without them knowing, and switch their goal from that of happiness to that of sadness. I would be so interested to hear more about this. Here is a link to an article that evaluates the causes and scientific backgrounds to pain: https://www.nap.edu/read/1542/chapter/4 . Your topic and this could be very much connected and interesting to study! Have a great one!

    • Hi Max
      I really liked your post. It was really interesting how you described it as a craving that humans have for sadness. Many people might contradict your idea because they feel like they don’t like that feeling but I think it is more subconscious. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201403/are-you-addicted-unhappiness?amp was interesting because it describes people who seek out being unhappy for various reasons such as self esteem, self pity, and attention. I hope to hear more about this topic from you in the future.
      Chloe

    • Max, this is very interesting!! I think it is important that you are discussing this topic because in our society we need to better understand this because we can potentially help a lot of people. It will help us to further our knowledge on what causes sadness to stay for long periods of time and how to help people with depression and other emotional and behavioral disorders. I think by identifying why we crave this sort of sadness, we can start to see why our brains don’t produce the chemicals needed to be happy. It is interesting to know that we all sort of crave sadness so that the next time we experience it, we know what it is. However, I feel as if some sadness I experience, I truly never want to have to again. I found this article on the importance of sadness and why we must value it. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/compassion-matters/201507/the-value-sadness) I like you’re article ideas. I hope you continue to research this topic!

    • This was one of the most interesting posts I’ve ever read on youth voices. I think you came up with a very important and interesting questions, and you put in a lot of research to it. I found it very informational and I enjoyed reading it because it is a question I have often asked myself. Here is another article that I think you might find to be compelling https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201403/are-you-addicted-unhappiness

    • Max, this was a very cool topic to write on. The brain is something that is very interesting and so vast. I agree on how the brain is almost looking for something to be sad about. I think it does this because it is so much easier being sad rather than being happy. This idea is looked at as being wrong because people want to be positive, but it is a rude reality that this is true. Here is an article that I think that you would like: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/28/science/the-brain-manages-happiness-and-sadness-in-different-centers.html?pagewanted=all
      Zach.

    • Maxwell! I loved reading on this topic, what an interesting thing to write about! This made me think about personal experiences and relationships that I’ve gone through, and what I want to get out of them. It made me think to myself, do I like being sad? Am I comfortable with it? I feel like sometimes my sadness becomes a part of myself, and I wouldn’t be myself without it. if you’d like to read about how our happiness and sadness use parts of our brain, take a look at this article: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/28/science/the-brain-manages-happiness-and-sadness-in-different-centers.html?pagewanted=all

      You’re the best,
      Ronnie

    • Maxwell,

      I agree that some people seem to crave negative emotions, but I wonder if the root cause is more in comfort and familiarity than addiction. I see this kind of comfort in people and opinions. Learning the validity of opinions that might contradict your own should increase happiness and understanding for everyone, but few people find happiness in doing so since it puts them outside of their comfort zones. Something similar is probably at play with at least some of the people who just feel uncomfortable without a negative emotion they’ve become so used to.

    • Max,
      I read the research attached to your post. I have my own theory that may support or alter your view of happiness and unhappiness that the brain seems so inevitably drawn too. When I read your supporting research, I got the impression that the brain wants to feel unhappiness, not for the sake of just having unhappy feelings, but so that the brain can compensate for many unhappy things, to know that there are happier things in life that we can experience. I agree with the uneasy monotony of happiness, that is why I draw the conclusion that we must experience unhappiness to experience happiness. However, then you must start to think of what happiness truly is. Being human requires the fluctuation of emotions that shape who we are as unique individuals. I have been referencing Brave New World lately and feel as though it really connects to the many topics discussed in Youth Voices. The book Brave New World, emphasizes the dystopian conglomerate of human productivity that is an unfortunate result of having a drug that makes everyone’s emotions the same. This point I make about a society forcing the idea of being happy all the time, is not something that is healthy, and at the same time, something that works against human nature. I believe that to be human, we must experience pain and joy, happiness and unhappiness. A source that might help your inquiry about this idea is this: https://www.sanatan.org/en/a/happiness-and-unhappiness.
      Good Post
      -Thomas

    • Maxwell, I enjoyed your opinions very much. I agree with the part that expresses the idea that humans enjoy “crying at a friend’s funeral, or grieving over a breakup.” I think one element that is also involved in this is the attention one receives from expressing their negative emotions. People are much more interested in others sadness than they are happiness because I feel that people get the idea they can get more from a person’s sadness than happiness. When someone else is happy, it is almost as if we feel jealousy, and not happiness for that persons happiness. People crave the attention and secretly enjoy being sad, looking sad, or just overall faking the emotion. One thing to think about: Isn’t there real sadness in pretending to be sad?

  • Javier, I really enjoyed reading your post and I believe this is a very important and intriguing topic. I have done some research in finding the link between poverty and crime rates. This has been shown in certain cities such as Baltimore and Detroit. This can be seen in the following article:…[Read more]

  • Hi Amran! I am also really interested in your topic. My father took over a small business started by his father and has turned it into a large scale business production. This topic of how large businesses monopolize on smaller business by buying them out is something that is very common in the world of business. It is also intriguing to view…[Read more]

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    Hi Drew, I agree with your point, I also carry a mutual dislike for the word, “moist”. I think this is a general opinion across most individuals and I believe this is due to the way this word rolls off the tongue. The hard “t” combined with the preceding “s” is a recipe for a nasty sounding word. I also believe this is due to the nature of…[Read more]

  • Caleigh, I found this post very intriguing. It also astounds, yet doesn’t surprise me that Utah has such a high suicide rate. I have looked into the linkage of Mormon religion and teen suicide very thoroughly in my own studies. This article here
    ( http://religionnews.com/2016/03/12/study-shows-link-teen-suicide-mormon-populations/ ) was very…[Read more]

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