How Much Tinder is Too Much Tinder?

Are dating apps and superficial sex lowering our self esteem?

For many years, online dating sites have promised hopeful singletons an easy and successful way to meet their soulmate. On the other hand, the latest online dating app has no intention of setting up couples for life. Cue Tinder: the convenient and simple way you too can receive an offer for sex at the swipe of an image, no strings attached. Though you may be wondering, How is this bad!?, the stats are suggesting in more ways than one. (more…)


Tweeting Nonsense

Do we really care about what the average person tweets?

Twitter: 140 characters of news updates, advertising, and creativity. Twitter enables us to follow our celebrity role models in an intimate-like way, and keep track of growing trends at a speed that we could never have imagined ten year ago. The word limit forces us to be innovative with what we are saying, and we can spread our messages to a massive audience in a matter of moments. In one month, Twitter boasts 255 million active users, and each day there are 500 million tweets (About Twitter, Inc.) And so, I wonder… with this excessive amount of information, how can the majority of us possibly say anything that’s important enough to get noticed?


Internet: The World Wide Time Waster

Are we spending too much time on the internet?

We’ve all done it – logged on to our computer with the intention of finishing up some homework, only to somehow end up watching the Top 10 U.S. Beauty Pageant Fails. I’m just taking a short break, you say, I’ll get right back to work, you say. Well, unfortunately, we rarely take “a short break.” In fact, I bet most of you will click on that beauty pageant link before you get to the end of this post. Some of you probably have already. Why is it that we get caught surfing the web for hours at a time?


Selfies in a Selfish Society

Is selfie culture evidence of a narcissistic generation?

According to a recent post on mediabistro, the “selfie” makes up almost one-third of all photos taken by people ages 18-24, and over one million selfies are shared each day. We can probably blame the shameless selfie on popular social media outlets such as Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, but when did trying to capture experiences on a cellphone trump living in the moment? Why do we take pictures of our experiences instead of actually experiencing? And, most importantly, why do we feel so much pressure to constantly photograph our lives?


You Aren’t Awkward (When You Have a Cellphone)

Are cellphones getting in the way of important social skills?

It’s a Saturday night and you’re going out. When you step into the cab, you check your clutch for the tenth time to make sure your beloved 5S is safely tucked inside. Why? Because you know that this little device will be your only company. It sounds strange, but it’s true isn’t it? Gone are the days of awkward small talk. Gone are the days of sitting by yourself with nothing to keep your hands busy. You have friends! You are engaged! You have important messages to send to people all over the world!


Workout on the Weekdays, Wasted on the Weekends

Why are we obsessed with health, yet still consuming toxic substances?

Though women may feel like they are the only victims of shallow, unrealistic standards, more men than ever are feeling the pressure to perfect their bodies. And yet, many teens who want to obtain these ideals aren’t cutting out harmful substances – they still go to parties and drink until the next morning, eat the entire contents of their fridge after smoking a joint, and use illegal steroids to “make up for it later”. Is the combination of peer pressure and media pressure so hard on teens that they feel they have to party hard and still achieve a model-worthy bod?