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How To Destroy the Earth in 3 simple Steps! By: Sam Burke

Have you ever wondered why everyone says we are destroying our planet? Or how we are destroying our planet? Well here are just three of the many ways we are impacting our world negatively.

Run Off One of these three destructions of the world is called run off. Run off is the water flow that occurs when the soil is infiltrated to full capacity and excess water from rain, melt water, or other sources flows over the land. So when big business cut down land and put their factories their and the chemicals they use to get out, it has a huge impact on the surrounding areas. These areas that are being affected could be the soil, animals and water supplies. This can all occur when trees and other natural life is removed. Without that natural environment being there, there is nothing to catch all the dirt and or chemicals from washing into the bodies of water and contaminating them. Have you ever been of water for more than a week? Well in an article from CNN, it talks about the issue of run off and how in West Virginia, Charleston on January 9th there was a chemical spill that leaked into the Elk River. The chemicals that were released into the river where 4-methycyclohexan methanol and polygycol, both of these chemicals used to wash coal before it is sold. After this spill 300,000 West Virginias were out of water for more than a week. The people of West Virginia realized that there was something wrong with their water because of the smell licorice. The major concern that the people were facing were the health effects this water could have on them. After a couple of weeks the water was tested by the CDC (center for disease control) and they still found traces of the chemicals. After this spill there were reported out breaks of rash, nausea, vomiting, and coughing that were collected from about 250 patients with in three days of the spill. The problem is when the chemicals hit major water supplies people may never be able to totally remove it. Sonja Anderson, an environmental scientist commented on the issue of run off by saying “It’s one of the most concerning issues that does not get enough attention. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s easier to prevent then to clean up. Surface water is very difficult. Our water supplies are dwindling. It is a resource we can’t ignore anymore.”


Deforestation Deforestation is the clearing or the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. Big companies do this in order to have more land to build onto. The huge issue and problem with this is that they are killing habitats for animals, contaminating water supplies from the run off. In a piece from the National Geographic, talks about the reasons for deforestation, the effects that it causes and solutions for this problem. “The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation.”1 This would impact the world’s sustainability in a negative way. The reasons for deforestation are usual money and to help provide for families. The main reason is agriculture. Farmers use deforestation so that they have more room for growing crops and raising livestock. There are many methods used to use to remove the trees from these forests. One of the most popular ones is the “slash and burn” technique. This is where companies cut down the trees and then burn them. The fastest solution to this issue would to simply stop cutting down these trees with enough time to replace the ones that already cut down. Sonja Anderson agrees by stating “I hate it, leave the trees, its being done at a rate that is unstainable. If people were more informed I think they would understand more of the consequences.”

Fracking If the area you live in state where there were only 50 earthquakes and then all of a sudden over 1,000 earthquakes happened, wouldn’t you be curies to know why? If the water you drank tasted funny and when it was exposed to a flame it lit on fire wouldn’t you want to know why? Both of these phenomenon are the bi product of industrial mining tech called fracking Fracking which is when people force open fissures in subterranean rocks by introducing liquid at high pressure. Oil companies use fracking as an alternative way to get the resources that they need such as gas, petroleum, and uranium. Fracking is being conducted around the world, they are forcing water into rocks to breaking them. The issue is that it’s been found that after fracking rocks the areas then have earthquakes afterwards.


A perfect example of this ongoing problem is in Oklahoma, were there was recently a 5.6 magnitude earthquake. In Oklahoma where the earthquake was felt, there are 181 injection wells within the area. Unfortunately scientist are still claiming that there is not enough evidence to link the two together. But, when you go from having an average of 50 earthquakes before fracking to around 1,047 within the last year. The only solution to this issue is to this problem is to engage in more research before injecting more and more water in the rocks. Sonja Anderson believes that there is a lot of “ Miss-information that has been caught up in media, there is a lot of mystery in the chemicals they are injecting that end up in the excess water that is needed and until that all comes out I think it’s hard to decide. I believe its impacting it negatively I think we should sustainable energies prolonging fossil fuels.�

Throughout this reading we have talked about the issues that each one of these environmental problems have, but they are all trying to help our demand for resources. We are part of the problem. What we as a society need to do is come up alternative ways that can benefit the demand and help save the world. So put on your thinking cap and help spread the word!

Sonja Anderson: Environment Scientist. She works at Sayville High school on Long Island. She works in the Science Department, She teaches AP environmental, biology and marine biology.


Technology in the Classroom How is it affecting our children? By: Taylor Palmerone Remember back when you were in elementary school? How different is it from children in elementary these days? Well for starters, do you ever remember using computers, tablets or any other technologies in the classroom? Did the way to read a book include swiping your finger across a tablet to flip the page? Most likely no, but this is the way children are experiencing learning in today’s technological age. It’s a common thing to have kids on computers practicing their abc’s or mimicking an automated voice to improve their vocabulary. This may sound good and all but what exactly is technology doing to these kids? Is it aiding or actually hindering a child’s learning? Well, according to a recent study by CompTIA, they think it seems to be helping. The study was conducted on 500 K-12 and college instructors across the country. The report revealed that 78 percent of K-12 teachers and administrators believe that technology has positively impacted the classroom and the productivity of students. In addition, roughly 65 percent of teachers surveyed also believe that students are more productive today than they were three years ago due to the increased reliance on technology in the classroom. Those in favor of technologies in the classroom also argue that often times, children are more engaged and interested in the material being learned due to the interactive nature that technology brings. In fact, according to Everyday Family, 72% of iTunes top selling apps are designed for pre-schoolers and elementary students. This is using the technology in a positive way to help young children in their formative years. Children who use tablets or iPods with educational apps on them don’t realize that they are actually learning and therefore absorb more. And then we have the other side of the debate. These are the parents who feel technology is corrupting their children and preventing them from learning to their full potential. Blaming technology for issues children could potentially have, people argue that too much time with digital devices deprive students of face to face social activities and family communications. They say that digital devices in the classroom would lead to an even greater such disconnection. Now this debate is not only concerning young children. It is seen in all grade levels, even into college. Technology is used in every stage of a child’s life, it just depends how dependent they become on it and what it is used for. For example, being a college student, I see firsthand that the art of sitting down and writing with a pen and paper had lost significant value. Walk into any class and you will see most students on their laptops and that everything has become digitalized. Professors don’t want hard copies of essays anymore, they will only accept papers submitted online, for example Professor Golda. It’s all about technology in these types of classrooms. The kids who bring a notebook to class become the minorities in this day and age. All of this technology dependence stems from the exposure to it as a child. Implementing technology into a child’s life starting early on will assure that they become practically addicted to it by the time they hit college themselves. When asked about how technology affects students learning in the 21st century classrooms, Marie Hulme, English professor and director of SHUsquare at Sacred Heart University replied, “Certainly the ability to extend learning beyond the confines of a traditional classroom has enabled students to develop as autonomous learners within a community of learners, meaning that individual inquiry into ideas and content does not end when class ends and that the exchange of ideas does not

have to end either.” She goes on to say that, “When used to facilitate connectivity between learners, to allow for autonomous exploration of ideas and the development of skills, I believe technology is a helpful and important tool. In fact, I believe it is an essential component of a 21st century education.” As an English professor, Marie Hulme has seen first hand how technology is used inside the classroom to facilitate communication between students and their teachers/peers and continue conversations that have begun in the classroom setting. She explains her work with the newly developed online program, SHUsquare offered here at Sacred Heart. “We’ve recently developed an on-line community in which the First Year Seminar students and faculty interact and exchange ideas, work Prof. Marie Hulme and resources. This interdisciplinary on-line platform is called SHUsquare because it has been developed around the idea of a “virtual public square” where students and teachers from across a number of Seminars are able to interact. This has allowed for the development of important writing and oral communication skills, an important goal of the First Year Seminar curriculum, as SHUsquare provides an authentic audience and purpose for digital writing, video blogs, presentations, papers and the exchange of ideas across disciplines. In addition to having students generate ideas, respond to other student and faculty ideas, and to engage in what is termed “low-stakes” writing on SHUsquare, I also use the platform to have my students create videos that allow them to practice effectively conveying material and ideas. SHUsquare is an example of an innovative way in which technology can be used to develop important communication skills.” In the 21st century classrooms, technology is becoming a norm. Many teachers choose to incorporate these technologies into their teaching methods while others prefer to stick to the traditional way of teaching. Professor Hulme likes a bit of both. She says, “Technology is one of many tools of pedagogy I use to convey content, to engage my students with ideas, and to develop important 21 st c. literacy skills, among them what is referred to as techno-literacy. I think it would be irresponsible of me, as an educator today, not to embrace what is good about the new available teaching and learning tools, including technological. I understand that many of these modes of communicating and learning have been used throughout my students’ previous educational experiences and will be important to them as they move into their lives after college, so I try to find a balance that ensures I am providing them with opportunities to use technology in an informed, impactful and ethical way. In fact, teaching the ethical use of technology is, itself, the responsibility of a 21st century educator.” It is clear that technology in the classroom is a hot topic and involves people of various ages from anywhere between kindergarten and college aged students. According to most, technology used in the classrooms is seen as more of a positive, although it is still debated today. It is up each person whether they feel that one side’s position is stronger than the others. Research on both sides of the debate prove that this topic does not seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. At the rate technology seems to be advancing, who knows what the future classroom will look like. Will teachers depend solely on technology to teach or will the future of children’s education come from a computer screen?


Technology in the Classroom How is it affecting our children? By: Taylor Palmerone Remember back when you were in elementary school? How different is it from children in elementary these days? Well for starters, do you ever remember using computers, tablets or any other technologies in the classroom? Did the way to read a book include swiping your finger across a tablet to flip the page? Most likely no, but this is the way children are experiencing learning in today’s technological age. It’s a common thing to have kids on computers practicing their abc’s or mimicking an automated voice to improve their vocabulary. This may sound good and all but what exactly is technology doing to these kids? Is it aiding or actually hindering a child’s learning? Well, according to a recent study by CompTIA, they think it seems to be helping. The study was conducted on 500 K-12 and college instructors across the country. The report revealed that 78 percent of K-12 teachers and administrators believe that technology has positively impacted the classroom and the productivity of students. In addition, roughly 65 percent of teachers surveyed also believe that students are more productive today than they were three years ago due to the increased reliance on technology in the classroom. Those in favor of technologies in the classroom also argue that often times, children are more engaged and interested in the material being learned due to the interactive nature that technology brings. In fact, according to Everyday Family, 72% of iTunes top selling apps are designed for pre-schoolers and elementary students. This is using the technology in a positive way to help young children in their formative years. Children who use tablets or iPods with educational apps on them don’t realize that they are actually learning and therefore absorb more. And then we have the other side of the debate. These are the parents who feel technology is corrupting their children and preventing them from learning to their full potential. Blaming technology for issues children could potentially have, people argue that too much time with digital devices deprive students of face to face social activities and family communications. They say that digital devices in the classroom would lead to an even greater such disconnection. Now this debate is not only concerning young children. It is seen in all grade levels, even into college. Technology is used in every stage of a child’s life, it just depends how dependent they become on it and what it is used for. For example, being a college student, I see firsthand that the art of sitting down and writing with a pen and paper had lost significant value. Walk into any class and you will see most students on their laptops and that everything has become digitalized. Professors don’t want hard copies of essays anymore, they will only accept papers submitted online, for example Professor Golda. It’s all about technology in these types of classrooms. The kids who bring a notebook to class become the minorities in this day and age. All of this technology dependence stems from the exposure to it as a child. Implementing technology into a child’s life starting early on will assure that they become practically addicted to it by the time they hit college themselves. When asked about how technology affects students learning in the 21st century classrooms, Marie Hulme, English professor and director of SHUsquare at Sacred Heart University replied, “Certainly the ability to extend learning beyond the confines of a traditional classroom has enabled students to develop as autonomous learners within a community of learners, meaning that individual inquiry into ideas and content does not end when class ends and that the exchange of ideas does not

have to end either.” She goes on to say that, “When used to facilitate connectivity between learners, to allow for autonomous exploration of ideas and the development of skills, I believe technology is a helpful and important tool. In fact, I believe it is an essential component of a 21st century education.” As an English professor, Marie Hulme has seen first hand how technology is used inside the classroom to facilitate communication between students and their teachers/peers and continue conversations that have begun in the classroom setting. She explains her work with the newly developed online program, SHUsquare offered here at Sacred Heart. “We’ve recently developed an on-line community in which the First Year Seminar students and faculty interact and exchange ideas, work Prof. Marie Hulme and resources. This interdisciplinary on-line platform is called SHUsquare because it has been developed around the idea of a “virtual public square” where students and teachers from across a number of Seminars are able to interact. This has allowed for the development of important writing and oral communication skills, an important goal of the First Year Seminar curriculum, as SHUsquare provides an authentic audience and purpose for digital writing, video blogs, presentations, papers and the exchange of ideas across disciplines. In addition to having students generate ideas, respond to other student and faculty ideas, and to engage in what is termed “low-stakes” writing on SHUsquare, I also use the platform to have my students create videos that allow them to practice effectively conveying material and ideas. SHUsquare is an example of an innovative way in which technology can be used to develop important communication skills.” In the 21st century classrooms, technology is becoming a norm. Many teachers choose to incorporate these technologies into their teaching methods while others prefer to stick to the traditional way of teaching. Professor Hulme likes a bit of both. She says, “Technology is one of many tools of pedagogy I use to convey content, to engage my students with ideas, and to develop important 21 st c. literacy skills, among them what is referred to as techno-literacy. I think it would be irresponsible of me, as an educator today, not to embrace what is good about the new available teaching and learning tools, including technological. I understand that many of these modes of communicating and learning have been used throughout my students’ previous educational experiences and will be important to them as they move into their lives after college, so I try to find a balance that ensures I am providing them with opportunities to use technology in an informed, impactful and ethical way. In fact, teaching the ethical use of technology is, itself, the responsibility of a 21st century educator.” It is clear that technology in the classroom is a hot topic and involves people of various ages from anywhere between kindergarten and college aged students. According to most, technology used in the classrooms is seen as more of a positive, although it is still debated today. It is up each person whether they feel that one side’s position is stronger than the others. Research on both sides of the debate prove that this topic does not seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. At the rate technology seems to be advancing, who knows what the future classroom will look like. Will teachers depend solely on technology to teach or will the future of children’s education come from a computer screen?


Women Know Sports, But Why Can’t They Show It? By: Nicole Cote Would you be amazed if a girl knew more about sports then you? If she did you should be happy. Happy to know that females know sports as well as men do. Although this is not true for all females it is true for some. Sadly the bias of females not understanding sports is what is preventing women from being competitive against men when it comes to a career in sports casting. This male dominated profession is a prime example of sexism in sports. A lot of the sexism comes from male’s judgmental attitude of women when it comes to sports. After interviewing Krystle Sonmore from KKCO 11 News and KJCT News 8, where she is the Sports Director/ Anchor, she explained, “I certainly feel there is a judgmental attitude that still lingers. The sports industry has often been a male- dominated culture, and those that have lived and breathed sports are getting passed over for a female that may not know AS much, but she can be taught.” Also males often choose not to discuss sports with fellow female colleagues because they believe they do not know or care. Many women are in this field because they love sports but it definitely is not easy being the minority in the field. Krystle has experienced many things out on the field as a sportscaster, “You occasionally get "cat-calls" as you're walking by, you hear a lot of locker room talk about females in general, you get hit on often, so it's hard to balance at times.” Staying professional is the only way Krystle has overcome these experiences. To her this job is important, it is something she earned and loves doing, as hard as it can be at times being the minority she has learned to overcome. It is not always easy getting the job either. As indicated below, many times news stations will hire the attractive female over the knowledgeable one, for a simple way to add diversity to their station and increase their ratings. “It's a two-edged sword. On one hand, that's just how television works. It's 85% looks, 15% talent (give or take). At the same time, there are so many females that know their stuff and are passed up for the blonde bombshell who wears the low-cut tops and can be fed information or read a teleprompter (just being completely honest, here). That is when I think it is extremely wrong; when females who are well-educated and have a passion for sports are passed up for a trophy girl.” Krystle said when it comes to hiring. Unfortunately this happens so much that even when you google “female sportscasters” (pictured on the left), the first links that pop up read “75 hottest female sportscaster on TV” or “TV’s hottest female sportscasters”. Whereas if you google search, “male sportscasters” (pictured on the right), you get links such as “Famous Male Sportscasters” or “Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time”. These two google searches are completely different and prove that there really is sexism when it comes to female sports casting. It is demeaning to females that they are being judged based off their looks. Sadly as Krystle said knowledgeable females are being passed up often for the more attractive women.


With all of this being said there are some knowledgeable women who do beat out the hot blonde reading off the teleprompter. Krystle for example is a female who has made it in the sports casting world. She’s a sportscaster for KKCO 11 News, and although she has experienced some sexism she has found that, “If you want to be taken seriously, prove that you should be, in the way you act, talk, present material, study, and even down to the way you dress.” If your brain can out talk your body then news stations will want you. For females it is a matter of educating themselves and making themselves competitive with the males in the field. From the website American Sportscasters Online, Lesley Visser, who currently works for ESPN and ABC Sports, and in 1976, became the first female NFL beat writer said, "When women (sportscasters) are given greater responsibilities and prove that they can manage them, they build a good reputation as sportscasters." Lesley is completely correct in this statement, it takes women such as Lesley and Krystle who are breaking the boundaries for other women. It’s unfortunate that their hard work is not really noticed and websites that can be found in a google search are only worried about women sports casters appearance. Also from the website American Sportscasters Online, it speaks that with sexism in this world today many women are intimidated, “Linda Cohn adds that "Today, not many women are willing to sacrifice and struggle as much as they did before, so it is more difficult to find extremely qualified and dedicated women.”’ This is because news stations are hiring for looks on many women or just no women at all. This is causing women today to feel discouraged to pursue a career in sports casting. It is upsetting to see discouraged women especially in a field that is growing so much. One would assume that women are discouraged or news stations just want the looks for why knowledgeable female sports casters are not being hire, but it has not been just that. News stations justify their decision not to hire a female based off this suggestion found in an article on Taylor & Francis Online, “Sports and sports broadcasting are structured largely by and for men, and the literature suggests that both authoritativeness and gender affect perceptions of female sportscasters.” This is a big example of sexism and discrimination in hiring. Many news companies have not hired females because they believe that authoritativeness and gender are affecting the perceptions of their viewers. If there was a person speaking about sports, saying the same exact thing whether they are male or female it should not matter the gender, as long as the facts were real, the statements were true and everything made sense, that’s all that should matter. Women can be as knowledgeable as men when it comes to sports, especially women who grew up playing sports. For many women sports are very interesting just as it is for men so both genders are going to want to be knowledgeable on a topic they are interested in. Fortunately, slowly but surely women are being given opportunities to become sportscasters and have been chosen over the more attractive female. This is a slow step that will hopefully help end this sexism. Leandra Reilly said in the American Sportscasters Online website that, “The networks used to pick women for their looks, but now they require more qualifications. Some may still hire a woman just because she is a woman and the network needs a minority in the field.” Slowly sexism is decreasing but it is still present. It is present in males whose perceptions of females on sports stay the same and even outside working as a sportscaster, women are still underestimated when it comes to talking about sports. Krystle has experienced some judgmental attitude from her male co- workers when it comes to talking about sports off the job. When asked if she felt the judgment will ever go away she said, “Because the majority of sports that are covered are testosterone-filled (baseball, hockey, football, basketball), I don't think the underlying 1

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judgmental attitude that exists will ever go away. It may lessen, but I don't think it will ever be nonexistent. In conclusion not all women are genesis’s when it comes to sports, but neither are all men. If they have the knowledge and the skills they should be given a fair chance when being hired up against a male. Although looks are important in the media at the end of the day a news station would rather have its facts correct then just a hot women reading off a teleprompter. Works Cited: 1. 2.

"Women in Sports casting: A Brief History." American Sportscasters Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. "Sexism and the Authoritativeness of Female Sportscasters." Taylor and Francis. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2014.

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Image: "Espn Sports Casting - Google Search." Espn Sports Casting - Google Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014.

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Works Cited: "Female Sports Fans: An Untapped Sports Marketing Demographic." Asking Smarter Questions Female Sports Fans An Untapped Sports Marketing Demographic Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2014. Unofficial survey of a class at Sacred Heart University with 13 students, 5 being male and 8 female.


JUST DO IT

This spoof ad is depicting a roles reversed gym scene. Many times at the gym males are checking out the females who are usually doing cardio and just walking on a treadmill. The males are usually the ones lifting weights and many times checking out the girls in their tight- fitted workout apparel. In this ad roles are reversed, the females are lifting the weights and the male is on the treadmill. This time the females are checking out the male. This is a way of showing that women aren’t expected to go to the gym and sweat and actually workout. It’s typical for them to stay out of the heavy weights area and just stick to the cardio machines. Even at the gym females are expected to just “look pretty” and for males they are just something nice to look at while they are doing the heavy lifting. Nike is commonly known for their slogan, “Just Do It.” Encouraging people to push themselves harder and achieve their goals. Saying there is no limit or restrictions, just do it. In the case of this spoof ad, Nike is encouraging the females to just do it and go for the hot guy on the treadmill. Nike’s slogan is used in a sexual manner rather than a motivational workout manner.

Spoof Ad by Nicole Cote


Emotions Contagious through Social Media How Social Media plays a role in our Emotions By: Chelsea Montani Are emotions actually contagious? As emotions are spread through direct contact between people, it causes some questioning as to if they can be caught through online social networks. In one study, it showed how rainfall directly affected status updates and in turn had a chain reaction on the rest of other people’s statuses. It showed how even if people weren’t personally experiencing rainfall themselves, their status may reflect one of someone’s who is experiencing the rainfall themselves. This feeling could also spread globally through indirect friends. To simplify, the study proved how a status that a person puts up, in turn, affects another person in a completely different town or setting in the same way. This chain reaction shows how there is a sort of “contagion” in status updates that we put and, “for every one person affected directly, rainfall alters the emotional expression of about one to two other people…”(Detecting Emotional Contagion). It is fascinating how one person changing their status can really make a bigger impact than they even know. In an interview with Dr. David Rosenthal, I asked his opinion on this topic of social media and the contagion of emotions. When asked his view of social media as an outlet to deal with stress he said, “People deal with stress in different ways, so it is safe to say that some people may get some relief while looking at what others are doing in their lives.” He went on to say that it could negatively affect stress if people were posting “depressing” statuses or something sad that had happened to them that day. I also asked: How will social media affect future generations and will this “emotional contagion” become an even bigger issue? He answered: “Well, social media is a part of everyone’s lifestyle now so it will be a major way people communicate in the future. With that, future generations will probably have more of this “emotional contagion” through the new social media world rather than in-person interactions.”

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Emotions Contagious through Social Media How Social Media plays a role in our Emotions By: Chelsea Montani Are emotions actually contagious? As emotions are spread through direct contact between people, it causes some questioning as to if they can be caught through online social networks. In one study, it showed how rainfall directly affected status updates and in turn had a chain reaction on the rest of other people’s statuses. It showed how even if people weren’t personally experiencing rainfall themselves, their status may reflect one of someone’s who is experiencing the rainfall themselves. This feeling could also spread globally through indirect friends. To simplify, the study proved how a status that a person puts up, in turn, affects another person in a completely different town or setting in the same way. This chain reaction shows how there is a sort of “contagion” in status updates that we put and, “for every one person affected directly, rainfall alters the emotional expression of about one to two other people…”(Detecting Emotional Contagion). It is fascinating how one person changing their status can really make a bigger impact than they even know. In an interview with Dr. David Rosenthal, I asked his opinion on this topic of social media and the contagion of emotions. When asked his view of social media as an outlet to deal with stress he said, “People deal with stress in different ways, so it is safe to say that some people may get some relief while looking at what others are doing in their lives.” He went on to say that it could negatively affect stress if people were posting “depressing” statuses or something sad that had happened to them that day. I also asked: How will social media affect future generations and will this “emotional contagion” become an even bigger issue? He answered: “Well, social media is a part of everyone’s lifestyle now so it will be a major way people communicate in the future. With that, future generations will probably have more of this “emotional contagion” through the new social media world rather than in-person interactions.”

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ON SALE IN RETAIL STORES NOW!! This was very interesting to see his view on how the social media world will expand and possibly be more of a way of communicating in the future. The communication has evolved to more technological ways so in-person interactions may not be exactly how all of these emotional contagions are spread in the future. There are many things that people encounter in life that can affect their emotions, but this study has confirmed that our emotions can be based off of what we see on another person’s social network. The way people express emotions on these social networks, such as Facebook, can have a “ripple” effect that can produce massive amounts of people resulting in the same emotions. This can have both positive and negative effects on society because if we really are somewhat dependent on what others are feeling, we have to hope they’re in a good mood. There was also another study that was evaluating how Facebook can affect our overall well-being. As there are over 500 million people who use Facebook daily, there is some concern that this social media source could have more of an impact on us than we expect. The results indicated that Facebook use can actually predict a negative shift in both how people feel in a moment and also how they are satisfied with their lives whereas interacting face to face did not predict these outcomes. “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection.” In other words, Facebook will not make you happy. Humans need face-to-face interaction in order to function efficiently. We are not robots so by interacting with a computer most of the time instead of an actual human being it is just not logical. People need to make sure they don’t let Facebook take over their life because it can clearly affect how we feel emotionally in the long run. The “emotional contagion” is real through our social media world but there needs to be a line drawn where social media is part of our lives and not our entire life. Social media will always be a part of our lives, but only we can control how much it takes a role in it.


Concussions in Sports: How Media Reports Affect the Game by Kevin Barry Sports and the Media essentially go hand and hand, it seems that every magazine, newspaper, or news channel has something related to sports, whether its some major victory, or some idiotic thing a player has done. However what has been sweeping every major news distributor are numerous amounts of stories and studies about the increase in concussion numbers within sports today and how they are trying to prevent concussions within sports in general. Now a big question within the sports industry is, “With stories and reports of concussions constantly within the media how will this affect sports?” Personally there is going to be a two sided effect to this epidemic. Mainly because there are positive stories within these concussion stories, such as research done to prevent concussions, along with news about how concussion numbers are dropping. Along with the positive stories come the negative stories, which make up the majority of the concussion stories that you find in the media constantly. The positive effects on how the media affects the game is from these upbeat and bright stories on concussions is more of an emotional effect on the media, because people now a days are terrified of bad news and the harsh reality of what is going on. So when people today see these positive stories, they think that an end will soon be reached, which will allow worried parents to let their children participate in athletics once again.

Everyone likes to start off with the good news in situations like this, but the truth is the stories about concussions that are constantly in the media are more negative than positive. With all these negative stories in the media about children collapsing on the field due to a concussion, and also reports of future effects of concussions after these athletes are done playing sports such as the disease ALS. These negative reports is what is destroying the sports world! 2 years ago the NCAA nearly cut college and high school football completely because there were so many problems with concussions within the sport. I recently interviewed Connor Candito Senior Captain of the football team here at Sacred Heart University (who has suffered 2 concussions while playing here at Sacred Heart), on the topic of concussions in the media and how it is going to affect sports. Connor’s Response was

“As a victim of a serious concussion, I can tell you first hand of its severity. Moreover, I can also tell you of its effect on my thoughts and physiological empowerment. I firmly believe that the “disease” of the concussion is somewhat psychosomatic. In saying that, I believe that the perpetual media coverage pertaining to concussions negatively affects sports. The continuous thought of being paralyzed your whole life with diseases like CTE, and DP can aggressively restrict personal play and league rules.”

In my opinion within the next 20 years, sports will never be the same again, and a majority of the big time sports such as Football and Hockey may not be allowed to be played anymore, due to the amount of concussions players experience while playing these games.


Concussions in Sports: How Media Reports Affect the Game by Kevin Barry Sports and the Media essentially go hand and hand, it seems that every magazine, newspaper, or news channel has something related to sports, whether its some major victory, or some idiotic thing a player has done. However what has been sweeping every major news distributor are numerous amounts of stories and studies about the increase in concussion numbers within sports today and how they are trying to prevent concussions within sports in general. Now a big question within the sports industry is, “With stories and reports of concussions constantly within the media how will this affect sports?” Personally there is going to be a two sided effect to this epidemic. Mainly because there are positive stories within these concussion stories, such as research done to prevent concussions, along with news about how concussion numbers are dropping. Along with the positive stories come the negative stories, which make up the majority of the concussion stories that you find in the media constantly. The positive effects on how the media affects the game is from these upbeat and bright stories on concussions is more of an emotional effect on the media, because people now a days are terrified of bad news and the harsh reality of what is going on. So when people today see these positive stories, they think that an end will soon be reached, which will allow worried parents to let their children participate in athletics once again.

Everyone likes to start off with the good news in situations like this, but the truth is the stories about concussions that are constantly in the media are more negative than positive. With all these negative stories in the media about children collapsing on the field due to a concussion, and also reports of future effects of concussions after these athletes are done playing sports such as the disease ALS. These negative reports is what is destroying the sports world! 2 years ago the NCAA nearly cut college and high school football completely because there were so many problems with concussions within the sport. I recently interviewed Connor Candito Senior Captain of the football team here at Sacred Heart University (who has suffered 2 concussions while playing here at Sacred Heart), on the topic of concussions in the media and how it is going to affect sports. Connor’s Response was

“As a victim of a serious concussion, I can tell you first hand of its severity. Moreover, I can also tell you of its effect on my thoughts and physiological empowerment. I firmly believe that the “disease” of the concussion is somewhat psychosomatic. In saying that, I believe that the perpetual media coverage pertaining to concussions negatively affects sports. The continuous thought of being paralyzed your whole life with diseases like CTE, and DP can aggressively restrict personal play and league rules.”

In my opinion within the next 20 years, sports will never be the same again, and a majority of the big time sports such as Football and Hockey may not be allowed to be played anymore, due to the amount of concussions players experience while playing these games.


The Straight Lines of Society- Break Away

An Adbuster review: By Tyler Beauchesne-Headley

“Don't be afraid to create your own lines” While reading the adbusters magazine, Adbusters the epic human journey part 2: summer, I came across a page with all straight lines but as the page went on, the lines suddenly started to curve and create new patterns. This serves as a metaphor for the way society functions today. Most people just conform to normality instead of making their own choices. We’re following the straight lines.

“..then the 21st century will be the century of the curve, of yin, of harmony and building with nature. And if we don’t get it right, if we cannot recover our innate empathy, find balance, and come up with a new aesthetic to live by, then it will be a century of hubris, brutality and mayhem on a scale never seen before…” In today’s digital age the distribution of information has never been easier with our many media outlets such as the phones in our pockets. People consume so much media that they're pretty much submerged in it which causes consumers to think certain ways. Whatever’s on the screen has become America’s priority or focal point. We hold celebrities or people with power with such high regard because of the glamorous lives they live and the ridiculous things they’re able to blow money on. The media revolves around this notion of selling us things and making people desire this certain lifestyle. Everyone just wants more, which is exactly what the media wants us to do. Its one thing to make us constantly feel like we need more things, but to also tell people what things they need to be relevant to popular culture and the ideal version of success, is completely manipulative. The media does this by advertising the same products and themes throughout that give viewers this narrow vision of how their lives should be. Kids buy their clothes based off of what's trending on the internet, TV or basically by whatever everybody else in that culture deems popular at the time.

A true life of happiness and virtue will only come from being yourself. After all it's your life to live so why would you let anybody else tell you how to live it; You'll be more respected for making your own decisions and possibly more desirable socially as you’ re now the trendsetter. Think about that while our sisters and daughters study Miley Cyrus’ outfit so they can perfectly replicate it later.

“I am not attracted to the right angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean and on the body of the beloved woman…” --Oscar Niemeyer


The Straight Lines of Society- Break Away

An Adbuster review: By Tyler Beauchesne-Headley

“Don't be afraid to create your own lines” While reading the adbusters magazine, Adbusters the epic human journey part 2: summer, I came across a page with all straight lines but as the page went on, the lines suddenly started to curve and create new patterns. This serves as a metaphor for the way society functions today. Most people just conform to normality instead of making their own choices. We’re following the straight lines.

“..then the 21st century will be the century of the curve, of yin, of harmony and building with nature. And if we don’t get it right, if we cannot recover our innate empathy, find balance, and come up with a new aesthetic to live by, then it will be a century of hubris, brutality and mayhem on a scale never seen before…” In today’s digital age the distribution of information has never been easier with our many media outlets such as the phones in our pockets. People consume so much media that they're pretty much submerged in it which causes consumers to think certain ways. Whatever’s on the screen has become America’s priority or focal point. We hold celebrities or people with power with such high regard because of the glamorous lives they live and the ridiculous things they’re able to blow money on. The media revolves around this notion of selling us things and making people desire this certain lifestyle. Everyone just wants more, which is exactly what the media wants us to do. Its one thing to make us constantly feel like we need more things, but to also tell people what things they need to be relevant to popular culture and the ideal version of success, is completely manipulative. The media does this by advertising the same products and themes throughout that give viewers this narrow vision of how their lives should be. Kids buy their clothes based off of what's trending on the internet, TV or basically by whatever everybody else in that culture deems popular at the time.

A true life of happiness and virtue will only come from being yourself. After all it's your life to live so why would you let anybody else tell you how to live it; You'll be more respected for making your own decisions and possibly more desirable socially as you’ re now the trendsetter. Think about that while our sisters and daughters study Miley Cyrus’ outfit so they can perfectly replicate it later.

“I am not attracted to the right angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean and on the body of the beloved woman…” --Oscar Niemeyer


Top 3 Internet Privacy Issues “The only true protection is to understand that anything you put up there can be accessed by somebody else”, stated by Melissa Riofrio. As much as we all like to use the Internet to chat with our friends, family and peers our conversations will never be private. What we post on social media sites and on the Internet is there forever and can never be erased after we hit the enter button. The top three privacy threats that affect us daily are the Government, hackers, and apps. Internet privacy issues are a main concern around the world today especially with the government. The government contains information that only people in the White House should know about but with the Internet containing great amounts of information, none of it is safe. The main concern is security. Hackers and users in the U.S and in different countries can access government records and release them to the public if they can find a way. The government can also access records of citizens in the U.S and get information from companies on their customers. These issues are extremely dangerous for the President and members of Congress. The Internet can do great things for people but can change peoples’ lives for the worst. Because of the Internet being unsafe people have been stalked, cyber bullied, ruined their credit, exposed their personal information, identity theft has occurred, schools around the world have had their database hacked, and predators can find out information easier. How about the NSA? Every second that goes by they are the ones who are spying on every phone call made in the U.S. This isn’t only illegal but they are not getting much accomplished. According to a federal privacy watchdog, there has been no terrorist threats found through the massive data collection. So why are they continuing to spy and invade the privacy of millions in the U.S? "We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation," writes the board, which reviews actions taken by the government to protect the country from terrorism.

What is the problem here? Although the NSA is trying to help the country by preventing another 9/11, Americans are furious that there privacy “that is supposed to be protected” is being taken away. Federal judges are in a quarrel over the massive phone record collections and deciding whether this surveillance is necessary or not. The issue with security will always be a problem but will our privacy ever be fully protected? What is the problem here? Although the NSA is trying to help the country by preventing another 9/11, Americans are furious that their privacy “that is supposed to be protected” is being taken away. Federal judges are in a quarrel over the massive phone record collections and deciding whether this surveillance is necessary or not. The issue with security will always be a problem but will our privacy ever be fully protected?

Created by Kelsie Cunha

Along with the NSA invading our privacy, what about the new applications for smart phones? What happens when those apps are free and allows people access to chat with their friends around the world? Of course most people around the world are going to download it, but do they know if it is safe or not? On May 13, 2014 a news report stated that WhatsApp has recognized the media reports about the claim made by Bas Bosschert that the WhatsApp app for smart phones has its shortcomings in term of the privacy of chat history. This is very dangerous because this messaging service backs up its messages on the SD cards of devices, which can possibly put the entire message database at risk. Everyone who has downloaded this app and has used it is at risk of his or her chat history being released to the public. What is so great about this app anyway? WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app that allows people to exchange messages for free without having to pay for SMS. This app is for all smart phones including iPhones, Droids, Nokia, etc. The users can also create groups, send one another unlimited images, videos, and audio media to anyone. This sounds like the perfect app but be careful before you download it because your private chat history will be open to everyone. The company states themselves that if an Android device owner downloads a malware or a virus, the device will be at risk. This app has been proven that it is too good to be true and users should delete it immediately. Some people feel uncomfortable with people reading their conversations such as friends, family, or peers but imagine how they would feel if strangers from different countries were reading their texts or listening to their phone calls. Internet privacy issues will only get worse if users continue to use apps that are free and ask for their personal information including their address or social security number and credit card numbers. Especially free text messaging apps on smart phones can be used to steal a person’s personal information. Hackers and cyber security professionals have stated that Internet companies can access a mobile user’s chat logs and phone data. They can find out someone’s location, contacts, mail, social security number, and much more. A recent study was done by participants at the Hackers Conference in Delhi demonstrating how text messages sent through a Chinese free texting app can be easily decrypted. They believe that foreign governments use this method in order to spy and access data that does not belong to them. This means the government needs to step up and recognize our privacy is in danger. "Hacking is like an art which needs skill to master. It is also like science, extremely logical. Today private companies use ethical hackers to make themselves secure. We know of companies that pay hackers more than they spend on developing software," said Mislay Bharadwaj, 24, a freelance security analyst and organizing member of the conference. Ever wonder how much a hacker gets paid to put their skills to the test? These “hackers” are found to be mostly teenagers who are making big bucks to commit these illegal acts. We are left with many questions after hearing these facts, but what can we do about it? The first step to making smarter decisions is to limit your personal information you release to websites and applications associated with the Internet. Be careful with giving away your credit card number, social security number, or address. Be cautious who you are talking to and know who is exactly may be behind that computer screen. You never know who may be out there spying on you and finding out the information you wouldn’t want anyone to know about yourself.


Top 3 Internet Privacy Issues “The only true protection is to understand that anything you put up there can be accessed by somebody else”, stated by Melissa Riofrio. As much as we all like to use the Internet to chat with our friends, family and peers our conversations will never be private. What we post on social media sites and on the Internet is there forever and can never be erased after we hit the enter button. The top three privacy threats that affect us daily are the Government, hackers, and apps. Internet privacy issues are a main concern around the world today especially with the government. The government contains information that only people in the White House should know about but with the Internet containing great amounts of information, none of it is safe. The main concern is security. Hackers and users in the U.S and in different countries can access government records and release them to the public if they can find a way. The government can also access records of citizens in the U.S and get information from companies on their customers. These issues are extremely dangerous for the President and members of Congress. The Internet can do great things for people but can change peoples’ lives for the worst. Because of the Internet being unsafe people have been stalked, cyber bullied, ruined their credit, exposed their personal information, identity theft has occurred, schools around the world have had their database hacked, and predators can find out information easier. How about the NSA? Every second that goes by they are the ones who are spying on every phone call made in the U.S. This isn’t only illegal but they are not getting much accomplished. According to a federal privacy watchdog, there has been no terrorist threats found through the massive data collection. So why are they continuing to spy and invade the privacy of millions in the U.S? "We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation," writes the board, which reviews actions taken by the government to protect the country from terrorism.

What is the problem here? Although the NSA is trying to help the country by preventing another 9/11, Americans are furious that there privacy “that is supposed to be protected” is being taken away. Federal judges are in a quarrel over the massive phone record collections and deciding whether this surveillance is necessary or not. The issue with security will always be a problem but will our privacy ever be fully protected? What is the problem here? Although the NSA is trying to help the country by preventing another 9/11, Americans are furious that their privacy “that is supposed to be protected” is being taken away. Federal judges are in a quarrel over the massive phone record collections and deciding whether this surveillance is necessary or not. The issue with security will always be a problem but will our privacy ever be fully protected?

Created by Kelsie Cunha

Along with the NSA invading our privacy, what about the new applications for smart phones? What happens when those apps are free and allows people access to chat with their friends around the world? Of course most people around the world are going to download it, but do they know if it is safe or not? On May 13, 2014 a news report stated that WhatsApp has recognized the media reports about the claim made by Bas Bosschert that the WhatsApp app for smart phones has its shortcomings in term of the privacy of chat history. This is very dangerous because this messaging service backs up its messages on the SD cards of devices, which can possibly put the entire message database at risk. Everyone who has downloaded this app and has used it is at risk of his or her chat history being released to the public. What is so great about this app anyway? WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app that allows people to exchange messages for free without having to pay for SMS. This app is for all smart phones including iPhones, Droids, Nokia, etc. The users can also create groups, send one another unlimited images, videos, and audio media to anyone. This sounds like the perfect app but be careful before you download it because your private chat history will be open to everyone. The company states themselves that if an Android device owner downloads a malware or a virus, the device will be at risk. This app has been proven that it is too good to be true and users should delete it immediately. Some people feel uncomfortable with people reading their conversations such as friends, family, or peers but imagine how they would feel if strangers from different countries were reading their texts or listening to their phone calls. Internet privacy issues will only get worse if users continue to use apps that are free and ask for their personal information including their address or social security number and credit card numbers. Especially free text messaging apps on smart phones can be used to steal a person’s personal information. Hackers and cyber security professionals have stated that Internet companies can access a mobile user’s chat logs and phone data. They can find out someone’s location, contacts, mail, social security number, and much more. A recent study was done by participants at the Hackers Conference in Delhi demonstrating how text messages sent through a Chinese free texting app can be easily decrypted. They believe that foreign governments use this method in order to spy and access data that does not belong to them. This means the government needs to step up and recognize our privacy is in danger. "Hacking is like an art which needs skill to master. It is also like science, extremely logical. Today private companies use ethical hackers to make themselves secure. We know of companies that pay hackers more than they spend on developing software," said Mislay Bharadwaj, 24, a freelance security analyst and organizing member of the conference. Ever wonder how much a hacker gets paid to put their skills to the test? These “hackers” are found to be mostly teenagers who are making big bucks to commit these illegal acts. We are left with many questions after hearing these facts, but what can we do about it? The first step to making smarter decisions is to limit your personal information you release to websites and applications associated with the Internet. Be careful with giving away your credit card number, social security number, or address. Be cautious who you are talking to and know who is exactly may be behind that computer screen. You never know who may be out there spying on you and finding out the information you wouldn’t want anyone to know about yourself.


How Cell Phones Affect the Cognitive Future of Adolescents BY: KALIYAH BURRIS Do cell phone’s affect the cognitive future of the adolescence? Well if you look at research, you can safely say that yes, they kind of do. According to a university student, who wrote an essay called A study on mobile phone addiction and its disadvantages, she states “Mobile phone addiction has many bad affects on human’s life. These affects are not only physical and biological but also social and economical. First, like different addictions, it can render the addicts insensitive to the impact of their behavior on others around them.” (Aamna Baig). Today, in the 21st century, technology has taken over more than it ever has before. Cells phones began as huge walkie- talkie type devices that only business people and Doctors used, and now look! You see three year olds with them. What is going on in our world?

Jobs for our future working generation are definitely at risk, according to hub pages, “The new technology has changed the way they connect with people compared to former generations. They are more social and can be mobile but this also forced them to be multitasking which makes them fragmented and not totally present which makes them unsociable.” Once a person becomes unsociable, it completely tears them away from what is going on. If a teen or child becomes unsociable due to putting all of their life into their phone, it can cognitively affect them and put them at risk of communicating precisely in interviews or communicating well with people they may have to work with. After doing some research on the topic, I decided to interview a psychology professor, Laura Turiano at Sacred heart University. Why do you think kids are so addicted to cell phones now a days, I asked. She responded, “I think the kids of today have an immense need to feel connected and share what goes on in their lives. She also stated, “I believe we use our cellphones as an extension of our identity and when people call us or text us we feel connected, wanted even loved. This makes our brains feel good and release dopamine which is the pleasure neurotransmitter which we continually want more of.” Psychologically, how do you believe addiction to cell phone use is affecting children and

Teens and children have become more and more attached to their cell phones as the years have

teens. “I think kids are becoming dependent on their cell phones for instant gratification of

passed. This attachment has actually become more of an addiction in my opinion. Mobile phone

a need to be in touch with someone or just being able to access the internet within seconds

addiction, according to Aamna Baig, can be defined as a problematic, dysfunctional use of the

is teaching our society that we never have to wait for anything.” Do you think it will

mobile phone, which has characteristics and symptoms such as a strong desire to use the mobile

interfere with their cognitive development and job opportunity? “It will affect their social

phone, make phone calls or send text messages, causes financial, career, family and social problems

development and their social skills” she answered. “Kids need to be in the physical

and causes the need to increase the frequency and time of making phone calls and sending the text

company of other human beings to begin to master interpersonal communication skills.”

messages. Children are in fact affected by the over usage of cell phones. “Addictive use of mobile From my past experience, it seems like around 2009, many people barely even knew how to text

phones can become a replacement within the addict's life for alternative additional

and now texting is considered the “old thing to do”. Teens and children have apps on their phones

necessary activities - like reading, face-to-face meeting, finding personal issues, serious

such as Instagram, Facebook and even the Internet and music so that they can escape the real world

thinking, or different meaningful activities … Youngsters who use their cell phones to text

and dive into a small world of personal hand held electronics.

are more likely to sleep with their phones than cell-owning teens that don’t text. Different studies has been conducted on the psychological effects of cell phones that how it targeted

Teens and children these days just cannot put their phones down, even the common etiquette is

on young adults and adolescents”(Aamna Baig).

foreign! When was it ever okay for phones to be used at the dinner table or in the bathroom for Gods sake!? Cell phones are a true addiction for this generation of children and teens. According to

The teen and children obsession with cell phones have to stop, our generation will only

CNN.com, “Jennifer Alsip of Robinson, Texas, reached her limit, she said, after her 17-year-old

worsen. Studies have shown that out of 21 sampled teens between ages 18-20, about 38%

couldn't put her phone down. "It's like she couldn't be away from it," said Alsip, a single mom of

have attested to only spending 1-7 hours on their phone a day, about 23% attested to 7-12

two, who said she couldn't afford to pay the $15 or $30 extra every month when her daughter went

hours a day, about 9% spend 12-16, about 23% spend 16-20 hours and about 5% attested to

over her monthly data plan”.” After reading this experience of Alsip, I have come to the conclusion

spending 20-24 hours a day on their phones. I’d say this is outrageous. Love to see the world

that this much cell phones use has to affect children and teens psychologically and socially

of our generation in twenty years from now.

eventually.


How Cell Phones Affect the Cognitive Future of Adolescents BY: KALIYAH BURRIS Do cell phone’s affect the cognitive future of the adolescence? Well if you look at research, you can safely say that yes, they kind of do. According to a university student, who wrote an essay called A study on mobile phone addiction and its disadvantages, she states “Mobile phone addiction has many bad affects on human’s life. These affects are not only physical and biological but also social and economical. First, like different addictions, it can render the addicts insensitive to the impact of their behavior on others around them.” (Aamna Baig). Today, in the 21st century, technology has taken over more than it ever has before. Cells phones began as huge walkie- talkie type devices that only business people and Doctors used, and now look! You see three year olds with them. What is going on in our world?

Jobs for our future working generation are definitely at risk, according to hub pages, “The new technology has changed the way they connect with people compared to former generations. They are more social and can be mobile but this also forced them to be multitasking which makes them fragmented and not totally present which makes them unsociable.” Once a person becomes unsociable, it completely tears them away from what is going on. If a teen or child becomes unsociable due to putting all of their life into their phone, it can cognitively affect them and put them at risk of communicating precisely in interviews or communicating well with people they may have to work with. After doing some research on the topic, I decided to interview a psychology professor, Laura Turiano at Sacred heart University. Why do you think kids are so addicted to cell phones now a days, I asked. She responded, “I think the kids of today have an immense need to feel connected and share what goes on in their lives. She also stated, “I believe we use our cellphones as an extension of our identity and when people call us or text us we feel connected, wanted even loved. This makes our brains feel good and release dopamine which is the pleasure neurotransmitter which we continually want more of.” Psychologically, how do you believe addiction to cell phone use is affecting children and

Teens and children have become more and more attached to their cell phones as the years have

teens. “I think kids are becoming dependent on their cell phones for instant gratification of

passed. This attachment has actually become more of an addiction in my opinion. Mobile phone

a need to be in touch with someone or just being able to access the internet within seconds

addiction, according to Aamna Baig, can be defined as a problematic, dysfunctional use of the

is teaching our society that we never have to wait for anything.” Do you think it will

mobile phone, which has characteristics and symptoms such as a strong desire to use the mobile

interfere with their cognitive development and job opportunity? “It will affect their social

phone, make phone calls or send text messages, causes financial, career, family and social problems

development and their social skills” she answered. “Kids need to be in the physical

and causes the need to increase the frequency and time of making phone calls and sending the text

company of other human beings to begin to master interpersonal communication skills.”

messages. Children are in fact affected by the over usage of cell phones. “Addictive use of mobile From my past experience, it seems like around 2009, many people barely even knew how to text

phones can become a replacement within the addict's life for alternative additional

and now texting is considered the “old thing to do”. Teens and children have apps on their phones

necessary activities - like reading, face-to-face meeting, finding personal issues, serious

such as Instagram, Facebook and even the Internet and music so that they can escape the real world

thinking, or different meaningful activities … Youngsters who use their cell phones to text

and dive into a small world of personal hand held electronics.

are more likely to sleep with their phones than cell-owning teens that don’t text. Different studies has been conducted on the psychological effects of cell phones that how it targeted

Teens and children these days just cannot put their phones down, even the common etiquette is

on young adults and adolescents”(Aamna Baig).

foreign! When was it ever okay for phones to be used at the dinner table or in the bathroom for Gods sake!? Cell phones are a true addiction for this generation of children and teens. According to

The teen and children obsession with cell phones have to stop, our generation will only

CNN.com, “Jennifer Alsip of Robinson, Texas, reached her limit, she said, after her 17-year-old

worsen. Studies have shown that out of 21 sampled teens between ages 18-20, about 38%

couldn't put her phone down. "It's like she couldn't be away from it," said Alsip, a single mom of

have attested to only spending 1-7 hours on their phone a day, about 23% attested to 7-12

two, who said she couldn't afford to pay the $15 or $30 extra every month when her daughter went

hours a day, about 9% spend 12-16, about 23% spend 16-20 hours and about 5% attested to

over her monthly data plan”.” After reading this experience of Alsip, I have come to the conclusion

spending 20-24 hours a day on their phones. I’d say this is outrageous. Love to see the world

that this much cell phones use has to affect children and teens psychologically and socially

of our generation in twenty years from now.

eventually.


Video Games V.S. Exercise   

By: Joe Calaca

 

  Video games are electronic pastimes that involves human interaction within the user interface to  generate visual feedback on a visual device. They typically try to enhance the minds of human beings by  providing additional help in information and interactivity through certain genres. These genres could intend to  casual games, serious games, and educational games. Demographics have shown over the years that video  games have been spread out and used by almost everyone around the world. An evaluation by Nielsen Active  Gamer Study in 2005 took a survey of 2,000 regular players and found that the game is actually diversifying.  The average age group for male audiences have considerably expanded within the 25­40 year age range. Many  people would expect the men of the world to be the most engaged in such a craft, however, women have  increased drastically in amusing themselves with video games. A different study by the Entertainment Software  Association (ESA) in 2011 went out to search for updated research on the topic. They found that 42 percent of  all women participate in playing the virtual entertainment and that women that are 18 years of age, are a quickly  accelerating stat in the demographic. They were also informed that the average gamer is 30 years old and has  been playing for 12 years. Overall, 82 percent of people, 18 years of age and older, invest some portion of their  life to video games. That’s more than three quarters of the world!    I think it is safe to say that everyone is engrossed in the industry that is video gaming. Whether if it is  physically sitting down and pressing buttons on a controller or physically walking around on a handheld device  to motivate the mind to be more receptive to the product. And that’s the key word… physicality. With all these  people loafing around and giving their fingers and hands training, the body stays at a stand still and doesn’t get  that much exercise. Although it may help the brain, some of those 82 percent of people are suffering from  obesity, depression, and rely on the internet to have social support. Not all get the nutrients and necessity of a  healthy workout.                  With the above paragraph being said and with the facts being  shown, people are getting worse and worse in body shape the more  they play video games. Corporations are now noticing that their products  are resulting in less activity in fitness. With the often increase of obesity  known in negative reports around the world, would immediately inspire  the gaming companies. The reason being is because they have an  opportunity where they can present a new creation that could  revolutionize the way we can look at gaming. Companies and  businesses are now starting to introduce the idea that video games can  also get your body moving and active with the production of newly  generated exergames. Exergaming is exactly what you would assume it  to be… video games that help you exercise the more you play. Each manufactured item that the  companies release have motion sensored technology that picks up and animates your body movement 


from the real domain and puts it into the game. Gaming industries then spread out and cover their  consumers with their favorite games that the corporation would have had previously. The most popular  exergaming systems include the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and the newly established Playstation Move, as well  as others.    Exergames consist of, and could very well be made up of, genres like sports, action, education, and  many more virtually entertaining investments. The way they can get us going is based off our own interest.  Rebecca Battista, an associate professor in the department of health, leisure, and exercise science at  Appalachian State University, says that “exergaming is a great way to exercise at home.” She continues to  explain, “The competitive aspect of racking up points and advancing to higher levels can also be a great  motivator.” This can help the confidence level for a person suffering from depression as well as saving money  on gas from driving to the gym all the time. According to a review in the journal Pediatric Exercise Science,  playing active video games is  comparable to a mild to moderate  physical activity (like walking or a casual  bike ride). “Playing for weight loss would  enact attentive training for 60 to 90  minutes in a five day span,��� says  exercise physiologist Pete McCall, a  spokesperson for the American Council  on Exercise. He goes on to mention, “If  your main goal is to drop a dress size or  two, these games are a great place to  start.”    The influence of exergames has  developed a highly impressive  environment where gaming companies  give their audiences the option of either  sitting on the couch or actually getting involved with the games they choose. Industries have realized the fact  that playing interactive video games is indeed starting a trend where people are getting fitter and also provide  activity while enhancing the development of their intelligence. In my opinion, I would love to kill two birds with one  stone and help my brain enhance its motor or technical skills while my body performs and gets me more in  shape with this emergence. Even if it’s a game specifically made for exercising or a fun sports game where you  can represent your favorite team, exergames have really revolutionized the way we can be interactive with  gaming. It now shows that video games can really be a secondary activity and brings back the fun of being  healthy.     Links Used:  http://www.raisesmartkid.com/3­to­6­years­old/4­articles/34­the­good­and­bad­effects­of­video­games  http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn­10977372  http://www.womansday.com/health­fitness/everything­you­need­to­know­about­exer­gaming­117616  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article­1207803/Average­video­gamer­35­fat­depressed.html 


Technology in the Modern Era By Andrew Chunka In order to fully understand the concept of something, you must first learn where it all began. The premises of technology were for it to be used in the private sector and business use. Like most things in society it tends to expand and develop over time. The younger generation does not know the feeling of actually reading the newspaper to find things out. My generation the concept of a typewriter, only the function to open of word and “email” a document to a professor. Without doing research, or living through history it may to hard to understand the power of technology. The power of technology has become more and more powerful, but when is too much? Society is starting to turn into a digital era. Yes, the tools are there for use, but when does the “newer” way become the “better” way? You first have to learn how to walk before you run. Our generation has skipped over the process or reading books and newspapers straight to goggling topics and reading summarizes. Universities have no choice but to invest in technology because that’s the trend in the job market. The development of technology has affected every aspect of our life. Forbes listed being computer savvy one of the main tools required during an interview. The private sector keeps incorporating different uses of technology and in order to be employed in today’s tough economy, you have to conform to the idea that newer is better. See, it is like a toppling effect, the top of the pyramid does something and it trickles down throughout society. The private 1.) When was your first experience with technology (computer) and what was your original reaction to it ? A good friend of mine was an early adopter when home computers first came out and he got me hooked. I loved computers from the very beginning -- they made it easier to do many of the things that needed and wanted to do. I continue to use a computer in all sorts of ways 2.) Do you personally own a computer at your home? Or is it a work only type of thing? That was a major step in technology when computers were finally put into the home. At first, it was more a high end corporation type of deal. Now, your normal citizen has some personal way of getting on the internet. I have several computers in my home, which is where I do most of my work, and I think it is a great step forward to have computers and internet access at home. Not everyone has this, though, and I hope that will change and their will be substantial government support to enable more people to have not only computers but low-cost or free access to highspeed networks.

3.) Are you opposed to technology as a whole, or modern technology such as new Mac and HP items on the market?Ive learned some people like technology, but like the first couple machines and feel the newer technology has too many "gadjets"? 'm certainly not opposed to all technology or even gadgets, but I think it is very important to be aware of how such things affect us, and then make some careful choices about how, when, and why we use technology (of all kinds: not just computers). And yes, I think we live in a gadget-oriented society, and many of the consequences of this worry me.

4.) Do you feel a professor should be forced to teach their students using technology based on how the job industry is trending? There have been many articles suggesting technology skills is a tool needed during interviews. I think that a key responsibility of professors is to evaluate what teaching methods and subject areas are proper for their courses and for their overall programs. I teach in the media studies department, so it is particularly relevant and important for me to discuss with my classes the impact of media technology, etc….. I think that there is a lot of thoughtless advocacy of new technology, and it is a major responsibility of professors to bring thoughtfulness to what we do.I don't think my job is to teach somebody how to use PowerPoint or social media because it will be a useful job skill. I think my job is to help develop the ability to critically investigate what we do and are asked or told to do, and then make informed choices about whether we should or shouldn't do so, whether there are other alternatives available or that we can develop, etc and corporate world`s use for technology has in turn forced the education system to adapt new techniques. I mean, if you are going to prepare your students for the real world, shouldn’t you be using methods the real world uses? You have to willing to conform to society weather you think it’s the right or wrong way. In this day and age a person has to be able to adapt to the world around them. Prior society was used to doing things the “old fashion” way of reading the newspaper, writing things down and actually calling people on the phone or face to face. Now, people find short cuts around these things. Some of the larger universitties have hundredreds of students in a class and the only way the professor knows them is through email. We live behind screens, weather it be our phones to text, our laptops to type, or our televisions to find out information. Partially because it does make things easier, but also because in order conform. It is not possible to go through any education system without using some type of Internet and laptop. Our parents used to actually have to go to the library and look things up, read things. Not just go online to Google a topic and find a summary. Technology has made the younger generation lazier. Technology is something we should use as a tool to help us with what we need. However, we should still be aware of other forms of communication. Professor actually uses to write notes on the board that we wrote in our notebook. Now, everything is power points and most, if not all students use laptops to take notes. Society needs to educate on how far technology has come and be grateful for what it can do. Unfortunately, we live in a world were we are forced to use technology everyday. It is, however, okay to open up a newspaper every once in a while.


Technology in the Modern Era By Andrew Chunka In order to fully understand the concept of something, you must first learn where it all began. The premises of technology were for it to be used in the private sector and business use. Like most things in society it tends to expand and develop over time. The younger generation does not know the feeling of actually reading the newspaper to find things out. My generation the concept of a typewriter, only the function to open of word and “email” a document to a professor. Without doing research, or living through history it may to hard to understand the power of technology. The power of technology has become more and more powerful, but when is too much? Society is starting to turn into a digital era. Yes, the tools are there for use, but when does the “newer” way become the “better” way? You first have to learn how to walk before you run. Our generation has skipped over the process or reading books and newspapers straight to goggling topics and reading summarizes. Universities have no choice but to invest in technology because that’s the trend in the job market. The development of technology has affected every aspect of our life. Forbes listed being computer savvy one of the main tools required during an interview. The private sector keeps incorporating different uses of technology and in order to be employed in today’s tough economy, you have to conform to the idea that newer is better. See, it is like a toppling effect, the top of the pyramid does something and it trickles down throughout society. The private 1.) When was your first experience with technology (computer) and what was your original reaction to it ? A good friend of mine was an early adopter when home computers first came out and he got me hooked. I loved computers from the very beginning -- they made it easier to do many of the things that needed and wanted to do. I continue to use a computer in all sorts of ways 2.) Do you personally own a computer at your home? Or is it a work only type of thing? That was a major step in technology when computers were finally put into the home. At first, it was more a high end corporation type of deal. Now, your normal citizen has some personal way of getting on the internet. I have several computers in my home, which is where I do most of my work, and I think it is a great step forward to have computers and internet access at home. Not everyone has this, though, and I hope that will change and their will be substantial government support to enable more people to have not only computers but low-cost or free access to highspeed networks.

3.) Are you opposed to technology as a whole, or modern technology such as new Mac and HP items on the market?Ive learned some people like technology, but like the first couple machines and feel the newer technology has too many "gadjets"? 'm certainly not opposed to all technology or even gadgets, but I think it is very important to be aware of how such things affect us, and then make some careful choices about how, when, and why we use technology (of all kinds: not just computers). And yes, I think we live in a gadget-oriented society, and many of the consequences of this worry me.

4.) Do you feel a professor should be forced to teach their students using technology based on how the job industry is trending? There have been many articles suggesting technology skills is a tool needed during interviews. I think that a key responsibility of professors is to evaluate what teaching methods and subject areas are proper for their courses and for their overall programs. I teach in the media studies department, so it is particularly relevant and important for me to discuss with my classes the impact of media technology, etc….. I think that there is a lot of thoughtless advocacy of new technology, and it is a major responsibility of professors to bring thoughtfulness to what we do.I don't think my job is to teach somebody how to use PowerPoint or social media because it will be a useful job skill. I think my job is to help develop the ability to critically investigate what we do and are asked or told to do, and then make informed choices about whether we should or shouldn't do so, whether there are other alternatives available or that we can develop, etc and corporate world`s use for technology has in turn forced the education system to adapt new techniques. I mean, if you are going to prepare your students for the real world, shouldn’t you be using methods the real world uses? You have to willing to conform to society weather you think it’s the right or wrong way. In this day and age a person has to be able to adapt to the world around them. Prior society was used to doing things the “old fashion” way of reading the newspaper, writing things down and actually calling people on the phone or face to face. Now, people find short cuts around these things. Some of the larger universitties have hundredreds of students in a class and the only way the professor knows them is through email. We live behind screens, weather it be our phones to text, our laptops to type, or our televisions to find out information. Partially because it does make things easier, but also because in order conform. It is not possible to go through any education system without using some type of Internet and laptop. Our parents used to actually have to go to the library and look things up, read things. Not just go online to Google a topic and find a summary. Technology has made the younger generation lazier. Technology is something we should use as a tool to help us with what we need. However, we should still be aware of other forms of communication. Professor actually uses to write notes on the board that we wrote in our notebook. Now, everything is power points and most, if not all students use laptops to take notes. Society needs to educate on how far technology has come and be grateful for what it can do. Unfortunately, we live in a world were we are forced to use technology everyday. It is, however, okay to open up a newspaper every once in a while.


Despite the popularity of streaming music, artists are receiving less than their fair share. Infographic by: Katie Asmus

More Music is Being Streamed Than Downloaded

Still Think That Your Minimum Wage Job Sucks?

Sources:http://www.buffalonews.com/columns/jeff-miers/research-proves-streaming-sites-all-but-destroy-a-musicians-ability-to-earn20140415 http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/290497/music-streaming-way-are-pandoras-royalties


Infographic by: Taylor Palmerone

The percentage of Americans aged 16 and older who read an e-book grew from 16% in 2011 to 23% this year.

Readers of traditional books dropped from 72% to 67%.

http://www.huffingtonpost. com/2012/12/27/reading-statistics_n_2370186.html

Today’s Tablet User: ★

Daily tablet users spend an average of 2.4 hours per day on their tablets.

62% use their tablets daily.

85% of tablet use is for personal reasons versus business.

http://digital-stats.blogspot. com/2012/04/stats-on-tablet-usersusage.html


Where are consumers hearing about products they want to buy? By: Katie Bria

This graph is showing the percentage of people that use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest DIY, and Pinterest: Home Decor to buy the products they are looking for. Work Cited: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2014/02/04/the-confluence-ofcontent-and-social-media-insights-for-success-in-2014/


BY: KALIYAH BURRIS


Is It Really In The Game?

Fitter Body, Fitter Brain?

Video games have brought much variety to the world, but not all in a positive way. Much play and time spent playing these games have made human beings more susceptible to obesity, depression, and rely on the internet for social support. Gaming might make the brain fit, but doesn’t help our bodies. By: Joe Calaca


The Story of Spotify By Katie Asmus Who doesn’t love streaming music on Spotify? It’

Sacred Heart University, explains that right holders are not necessarily the artist. The artist, producer, and the record company are entitled to a part of the revenue received by streaming. “Ultimately, the person who wrote the music is the most indebted to

s free. Also, The amount of songs that are available to

get payed” According to Tate. Because Daft Punk had

access is expanding everyday. Besides getting

a huge part of creating their song, they were able to

bombarded with advertisements every few songs, you

make so much money off of it. An artist who does not

have complete control on choosing which song you

involve his or herself much with the production of a

want to listen to. But what happens when you stream a

song, is not entitled to as much money. In short, the

song on Spotify?

more an artist is the enloved with their song , the more

Getting lucky seems to be name of the game in the music industry . If you are an international superstar

money they will receive from streaming. Some artist don’t even care about the money.

you can expect to make millions from streaming your

Under One Sky, a Local Alternative band from

music on Spotify. This is exactly what happened to Daft

Wallingford, Connecticut, stream their music on sites

Punk last year. The French duo made over a million dollars last year for their hit single “Get Lucky”. How was Daft Punk able to do it?

Under One Sky

such as Reverbnation and Bandcamp in order to On Spotify, according to their website, rights

attempt to gain a larger fan base. Tyler Esposito of

holders only get about 60 to 84% of a penny per stream. Under One Sky states that streaming music is “a direct Only 30% of the money earned from streaming goes to

invitation for people to try our music out.” However,

the artist. Galen Tate, a professor of Music Business at

Austin Rivera, also of Under One Sky, expresses that


it is also important to be personable in order to help

In Rainbows, the consumer could name their own price

get your bands name out. “Mingling with fans as well

for the album. Yorke believes that it is important to own

as other bands is another important way to network”

the rights to music. When you stream music you are

Rivera states. Esposito says that streaming music is

not buying the rights to the music.

“amazing, seeing how the mainstream media portrays

Streaming music will not be the end of

it as an it a antipiracy gesture”. Galen Tate would disagree. Streaming music is not the end of music piracy. “They tried. It’s probably the closest attempt. It comes down to a decision of doing something illegal to paying a few bucks a month (for music).” As an artist, you have a choice whether they Joe Frawley- Bandcamp

want to stream music. Joe Frawley an independent musician says, “I can upload my stuff to Spotify or

buying music. Owning the rights to music is essential if

not...it’s worth it for the exposure...people need to

you want to create something with that song in it, such

hear you inorder to like you” Some artist refuse to

as a movie. Also, downloading music will not be the

stream their music. Thom Yorke, of Radiohead and

end of physical mediums of music. “When you

Atoms for Peace, does not stream his music on

download a song on iTunes the quality is not sufficient”

Spotify. Yorke is not against giving away his music for

Tate explains. Frawley agrees, “The bitrate that music

free, in fact when Radiohead released their album,

is streamed at is so low that audio quality really suffers. I am optimistic that there will remain an audience that will prefer better quality audio and will be willing to pay for it. Even getting music from iTunes is a big compromise, which is sad because it's used by a huge majority of listeners” , Hopefully, streaming music will not be the downfall of the music industry.

Professor Galen Tate


Electric cigarettes are a new trend that are not fully regulated. They are selling these as the “safe” alternative to traditional cigarettes but in reality we are just the experiment to test and see how safe these really are. In the end they could really be hurting us more than we know and it’s a dangerous experiment if there are some harmful effects that go along with this new trend.

“No one knows the answer to that.”

Unregulated. Unsafe. Unknown. Breathe it in now because as for the long term effects…

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Nobody’s born with this type of beauty. In today’s society, we attribute beauty with pounds of makeup. You dont need makeup to make you feel beautiful. Real beauty is on the inside and anything else is just make believe.

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By: Katie Bria

Subway is one of the world’s most successful fast-food chains. They’re known for their sandwiches that customers are able to create themselves when they go into the restaurant. The customers are able to tell the workers what kind of bread, meat, toppings, dressings, etc. they want on their sandwiches. With people so health conscious now-a-days, you would think that the customers would know what chemicals are going into the food from Subway. However, just when you think that having wheat bread isn’t all that bad for you, think again. Subway adds a chemical known as Azodiacarbonamide which is found in yoga mats, shoe rubber, and synthetic leather. By adding this chemical it creates elasticity to the bread to try and make it last longer. When consumers found out this was in bread they were very upset and started a petition for subway to get rid of the chemical and ended up winning. Since then, Subway way is in the process of removing Azodicarbonamide. The spoof ad I created is saying that Subway is the wrong place for people to eat unless they want to eat yoga mats, shoe rubber, or synthetic leather in their food. Work Cited: Horovitz, Bruce. "Subway to Remove Chemical from Bread." USA Today. Gannett, 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. <http://www.usatoday. com/story/money/business/2014/02/05/subway-fast-food-chemicals-in-food/5236537/>. Landau, Elizabeth, and William Hudson. "Subway to Remove 'dough Conditioner' Chemical from Bread." CNN. Cable News Network, 17 Feb. 2014. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. <http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/health/subway-bread-chemical/>. http://extendyoga.com/2012/12/12/how-to-pick-your-yoga-mat/ http://www.subway.ca/en-CA/MenuNutrition/Menu/All


Hunger games of Technology

Forbes reports the use of technology is key in a job interview. They say you cant teach an old dog new tricks. The Industry is changing, are you changing with Andrew Chunka it?


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ALL HELMETS arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t designed to prevent Concussions. There are between an estimated 1.6 and 3.8 million sports related concussions in the United States every year. http://www.momsteam.com/health-safety/concussion-rates-high-school-sports


Gulf Coast Memories

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On April 20th, 2010 BP had the biggest oil spill to ever be seen in history. It was the largest marine oil spill ever. The Deep Horizon Oil Rig feel to the floor and for 87 days oil gushed out until it was capped on July 15th, 2010. Spoof Ad by: Sam Burke


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Will Your Business Survive?   By: Katie Bria  Day by day our world is changing as we know it. However, the part of the world that is constantly  changing is technology. Only in the past few years has technology really been a part of our everyday lives.  Whenever someone goes somewhere, they always have some type of electronic device with them. Most  of the time people carry around a smartphone which is essentially a handheld computer. On the other  hand, it may be something else such as an iPod, iTouch, or iPad. People are always on these devices and  that is where most people get their information from. Having these devices on our person at all time has  also led us to having less social interaction, and to be impatient and needy. Nonetheless, having technology  with us isn’t such a bad thing either. If we have a question about something, we can research it instantly.  Having answers at the touch of a button is incredible and businesses have used this to their competitive  advantage.         Today, society wants everything in an instant. If they need to find  out where to get something, see how much something costs, or where to  go they just look it up. In this respect, this is why businesses should be  set up on social networks such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  These three websites are the new newspaper for most people and in  particular teenagers. I believe that businesses can’t afford to not be on  the internet. When there is no information about them, we move on to  the next place, therefore the company is losing valuable and loyal  customers to help increase their profits.               According to Louis Columbus, a contributor to Forbes magazine, “The accuracy, speed and  precision of IT systems means the difference between winning or losing customers, keeping supply chains  profitable, and solidly translating new concepts into revenue­producing products and services.” This can be  shown through sending emails, posting a status on Facebook, or tweeting every day to promote new  products and offering customers’ discounts. From my personal experience, I am more likely to buy a  product from a store once it is on clearance or if the price is discounted. Like most people, I don’t have  time to go to the store to buy a product and I am more likely to purchase it when a store offers free  shipping online. Most of the time, I receive this information from an email from the company. In a recent  survey from VisionCritical that Forbes magazine wrote about stated that “…25% Facebook and 34% of  Twitter users reported buying tech tools or electronic devices after seeing recommendations or shares via  these specific social networks. Categories that didn’t fare as well on the two major networks were crafts  and DIY and home décor. Less than 10% of Facebook and Twitter users reported making recent  purchases in those categories. However, those categories had higher conversion rates on Pinterest. 21%  of Pinterest users reported buying something craft and DIY­related and 18% purchased something under  the home décor category.” 


Recently, I was able to interview Joe Diviak who works for Logical Mobility. Here, he connects  apps to websites in the late 90’s. I was able to discuss with him how businesses have changed and  whether or not he feels they need technology in order to run successfully.  I asked Joe, if he thought  businesses can afford not to have an app and if they do, do they have an advantage over other  competitors? Why or why not? When he answered,  “Having a mobile presence is essential for most businesses today whether  they realize it or not. Not only does it give them an advantage over their  competitors but it gives them the tools and resources to actively and  effectively engage their clients. With that being said, big data and data  analytics are the gold for any company and marketing division to pan for. The  benefits are simply enormous.”  With this, I also asked how have advertisers had to adapt to going from print media to everything being  digital? “I believe advertisers now have to look at smaller  groups and demographics versus a single, giant net on  television or print and hoping to get a large chunk of the mass  audience. With software analytics and tools, advertisers can  thoroughly engage smaller, targeted demographics in real  time.”  The last question I asked was if he thought if businesses aren’t on social media, do they lose out on  customers? Like me, Joe also believes that businesses will lose out on customers and profit. “I do think  they miss out on customers and the reason being, for the first time in human history businesses can  completely engage with their customers and audience in ways traditional media could never have  imagined.”            All in all, the advancement in technology over the past two decades has changed the way we do  business today.  Companies have been forced to change their business models in order to conform and  compete for market share. Business’s need to be on and have social networking accounts to interact with  their customers. When companies don’t, there is a chance of losing customers and they miss out on an  opportunity to make profit.    Work Cited  Columbus, Louis. "21 Most Admired Companies Making IT A Competitive Advantage." Forbes. Forbes  Magazine, 01 Apr. 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2014.  <http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2013/04/01/21­most­admired­companies­making­it­a­competit ive­advantage/>.  DeMers, Jayson. "The Confluence Of Content And Social Media: Insights For Success In 2014." Forbes.  Forbes Magazine, 04 Feb. 2014. Web. 2 Apr. 2014.  <http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2014/02/04/the­confluence­of­content­and­social­media­insigh ts­for­success­in­2014/>. 


Is Technology in the Classroom Helping or Hurting Students Today? By Darianne Cardino Everything around us has been constantly changing throughout time. Technology specifically has changed the most. The first cell phone was invented in 1973, it weighed two pounds and was priced at $3,995. Today cell phones weigh about 4 ounces, and costs a couple hundreds of dollars. In 1963 the first computer tablet, it was called the RAND Tablet, it was the first pen-driven computer interface. Today tablets are mobile computers equipped with sensors including cameras, microphones, and touch screen. Tablets have become very popular for people. People use tablets for different things, such as going on the internet, entertainment, reading, and now education. There are some children today who have their own tablets, such as iPads, and use them for educational purposes. Their parents download them apps that teach them how to spell as well as apps that teach you how to read. Some people are for technology in the classroom, they believe that people can benefit a lot from it. Others are against technology like tablets in the classroom, they feel like it’s hurting them more than it’s helping them. This argument can go both ways. Some people believe that technology in the classroom isn’t a good idea. They believe that it hurts students because it could be a distraction to learning. They feel that tablets give students a better opportunity to cheat on their tests and for less-technologically-savvy students it might be difficult for them to use. At the same time the use of technology in the classroom is helping children. Stated in an article, Study: Emerging Technology Has Positive Impact in Classroom, from www. usnews,com “...78 percent of K-12 teachers and administrators believe technology has positively impacted the classroom and the productivity of students. Roughly 65 percent of educators surveyed also believe that students are more productive today than they were three years ago due to the increased reliance on technology in the classroom.” In the future technology is only going to get better, we can’t predict what will definitely happen in the future, but we do know that everything will become more advanced. Having children learn on tablets has made the process of learning and teaching more enjoyable. With the tablets being able to go on to the internet, students have access to knowledge, much easier and faster than ever. When I asked Osborn Elementary school teacher Mrs. MacNamara how she feels about technology in the

classroom she replied “I think in this day when kids are connected to technology it motivates, helps the visual learner, and can be hands on. I use it all the time, for example smart board lessons, videos, and games.” Mrs. MacNamara isn’t the only teacher who feels this way. In an article from www.edteachmagazine.com, Survey: 74 Percent of Educators Support the Use of Technology in School, it stated “74 percent of educators surveyed said technology is key to helping them expand on classroom content; the same percentage said technology is a motivational tool; and 73 percent said it helps teachers respond to different learning styles. Moreover, 69 percent said technology has helped do more than ever before for their students.” So does technology in the classroom help or hurt students? It all depends on how they handle it. If you play games and text, it will distract you and will hurt you. If you use it for access to the internet to gain knowledge, then it will help you.


Is Technology in the Classroom Helping or Hurting Students Today? By Darianne Cardino Everything around us has been constantly changing throughout time. Technology specifically has changed the most. The first cell phone was invented in 1973, it weighed two pounds and was priced at $3,995. Today cell phones weigh about 4 ounces, and costs a couple hundreds of dollars. In 1963 the first computer tablet, it was called the RAND Tablet, it was the first pen-driven computer interface. Today tablets are mobile computers equipped with sensors including cameras, microphones, and touch screen. Tablets have become very popular for people. People use tablets for different things, such as going on the internet, entertainment, reading, and now education. There are some children today who have their own tablets, such as iPads, and use them for educational purposes. Their parents download them apps that teach them how to spell as well as apps that teach you how to read. Some people are for technology in the classroom, they believe that people can benefit a lot from it. Others are against technology like tablets in the classroom, they feel like it’s hurting them more than it’s helping them. This argument can go both ways. Some people believe that technology in the classroom isn’t a good idea. They believe that it hurts students because it could be a distraction to learning. They feel that tablets give students a better opportunity to cheat on their tests and for less-technologically-savvy students it might be difficult for them to use. At the same time the use of technology in the classroom is helping children. Stated in an article, Study: Emerging Technology Has Positive Impact in Classroom, from www. usnews,com “...78 percent of K-12 teachers and administrators believe technology has positively impacted the classroom and the productivity of students. Roughly 65 percent of educators surveyed also believe that students are more productive today than they were three years ago due to the increased reliance on technology in the classroom.” In the future technology is only going to get better, we can’t predict what will definitely happen in the future, but we do know that everything will become more advanced. Having children learn on tablets has made the process of learning and teaching more enjoyable. With the tablets being able to go on to the internet, students have access to knowledge, much easier and faster than ever. When I asked Osborn Elementary school teacher Mrs. MacNamara how she feels about technology in the

classroom she replied “I think in this day when kids are connected to technology it motivates, helps the visual learner, and can be hands on. I use it all the time, for example smart board lessons, videos, and games.” Mrs. MacNamara isn’t the only teacher who feels this way. In an article from www.edteachmagazine.com, Survey: 74 Percent of Educators Support the Use of Technology in School, it stated “74 percent of educators surveyed said technology is key to helping them expand on classroom content; the same percentage said technology is a motivational tool; and 73 percent said it helps teachers respond to different learning styles. Moreover, 69 percent said technology has helped do more than ever before for their students.” So does technology in the classroom help or hurt students? It all depends on how they handle it. If you play games and text, it will distract you and will hurt you. If you use it for access to the internet to gain knowledge, then it will help you.


BY: KALIYAH BURRIS

Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gone

From babies to adults, phones, the cell phones addiction has become worse than ever before. Is it brainwashing? Is it controlling you as a person? I think yes, people can not even live without these things anymore.


Digital Citizen 2014