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Adding a Social Media Cleanse To Your “Tech Diet”

Social Media - Jason Howie FlickrWith technology continuously advancing and social media setting new rules for all segments of society, every day we get more connected to each other. Conversely then, does being more connected mean being more communicative? Scientists don’t think so. In fact, a study out of the University of Michigan shows how online social media contributes to loneliness and reduces overall life-satisfaction, rather than making us feel connected.

Without a doubt, we have become addicted to our digital devices; we check our emails a number of times in a single day, photograph our food, post status updates about what we’re up to, and in many ways it seems like a quality way of keeping in touch with those that matter, but that’s not the case. Technology in these past few years has made aspects of our social life easier, giving hope and optimism to those using it. In many ways, social networking has glorified the virtual romance of technology but has made users pay the price with their self-esteem.

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He Said, She Said: The Facebook Relationship Status

Image Credit: The Huffington Post/FacebookWhen you start dating someone, you tell a few of your friends and family members, but not everyone in fear of things blowing up in your face. After all, who wants to explain their relationship status to extended family at a birthday party? You usually only tell everyone you know after you’ve gotten engaged and are heading to the alter, right? Well that was before Facebook decided to step in and provide options for your current relationship status which begs the question, when is the right time to go public with your Facebook relationship status?

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Property Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott Host Live Video and Twitter Chat

As audiences get ready for the smash summer hit show, Brother vs. Brother to end its first season, the dashing Property Brothers’ Jonathan and Drew Scott will be hosting a live video chat this Sunday, August 25, in honor of the finale airing on HGTV.

Fans in the United States can tune in and engage with both Jonathan and Drew via their YouTube channel from 6 to 7pm PDT/9 to 10pm EDT at their YouTube channel, Scott Brothers Entertainment. The season’s final episode will follow at the end of the live chat on HGTV. For Canadians, the twins will be having a live Twitter chat on Monday, August 26, from 5 to 6pm PDT/8 to 9pm EDT when theBrother vs. Brother finale airs on the W Network. Of course, everyone is welcome to join in on the fun wherever they live using the hashtag #BroVsBro.

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Do You ‘Duolingo’?

As education rapidly moves to the online medium, a relatively new site and app called Duolingo is creating quite the buzz with users. The completely free language learning resource and tool is one of my new favorites and something I’m seriously addicted to. Ever since I bought my iPod Touch 5, I will admit that I downloaded a lot of games like Ghostbusters, The Simpsons Tapped Out and yes—Angry Birds, but that one is based entirely on my need to vent. (more…)

Is Social Networking Making Us Antisocial?

Today the media is not what it used to be. Communication in the past was simple and meaningful. Before the internet there were limited sources of information we had to rely on. The culture was then adapting to a limited mass media market, as was the limitation imposed on our intellect. However, the reality today is entirely different. The last few years of the internet have exploded into quite an innovative way of mass socialization amongst users with sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, dating sites like Zoosk or eHarmony; you name it, these social networking sites have become minute by minute communication necessities for millions of people.

The social media explosion on the Internet is setting new rules for all parts of the society. Every day someone joins a social network in hopes to connect with another user but it is drawing concerns amongst many that all that precious screen-time is actually diminishing the time we spend communicating face-to-face. Social networking has, obviously, seen the largest increase in the past ten years of any online activity. Social networking has revolutionized the way we interact with the internet and with other users.

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Love and Sex According to Michael Johns: “Follow your heart and try and be the best person you can”

Last week, singer and songwriter, Michael Johns released his brand new EP, Love and Sex, a three track compilation containing songs about two of the most intricate subjects that continuously baffle our thoughts, emotions, actions and ultimately, relationships: love and sex. What exactly are they? Films have been created, songs have been written – it’s something our society ponders everyday.

I had the opportunity to pick Johns’ brain and touch on the subjects, figuring out what love and sex means to him. He has written several songs about love and his album Hold Back My Heart is a sheer testament of the depths he dove into to showcase his emotions in the best way possible. In some sense, he truly wears his heart on his sleeve.

Johns knows what he feels and as an observer, I’ve come to realize he’s someone who is very in touch with his feelings, proving how good a head he has on his shoulders. When I ask him what love is, he knows and answers without any hesitation. “I believe [it’s] defined by feeling totally selfless towards another being, putting their feelings first and having their back through everything.”

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Caileigh Scott: “No good art comes without intense effort”

One of the likeable things about acting is that it isn’t like any other profession. It’s a job where one can go in and do something different each time while recreating themselves every day. They’re able to meticulously absorb personalities from script and translate it to screen or stage by adding their own familiarities between the similarities. It’s a talent not everyone can easily achieve or slip into but Caileigh Scott is an actor proving her worth in Tinseltown.

It’s been known that the best acting is instinctive. It’s not intellectual or mechanical but something that should come off natural. For Scott, being in that world seems innate as she hails from a family of artists and supporters of the arts. As an only child growing up, she tells me how blessed she is with such a supportive family around her. “I’ve certainly never had to face the stern looks around the Thanksgiving dinner table, asking, ‘So when are you going to give up this acting thing and become a lawyer?’” she quips.

The young fiery red-headed actress shuffled around quite a bit in her early years between Detroit, rural Pennsylvania and New York City but shares with me how moving at such a young age brings about the opportunity for one to reinvent themselves. Whether from the east coast or to the current west coast in Los Angeles, Scott says while theatre in the Big Apple matured her as a performer growing up, being in L.A has turned her into a savvy business woman; a quality both equally important to maintaining a career in this industry.

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