Pokémon NO: Why I Won’t Be Embracing This Trend

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By Laura Mitchell-­Ghafoor

Remember when we used to go outside and interact with other human beings about the weather or the news or anything that wasn’t catching a character on your smartphone?  I would say it was about a week ago before the mad Pokémon phase took the world by storm, but it was before that even. It was some point between then and the last time the more low-tech version of the game. (Remember the cards? Of course no one actually knew how to play the game back then).  Continue reading

5 Safety Tips For Playing Pokémon Go

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By Marie

 If you haven’t heard of Pokémon Go by now you must be living under a rock in a very deep underground cave that no one has discovered yet (probably because there are no PokéStops or Pokémon Gyms near you, in which case you can either consider that a blessing or a curse.) Either way, Pokémon Go has taken over the world and is dominating at being the most used app all while getting people outdoors to do some actual exercise.  Continue reading

#SwipeRight: One Woman’s Dating App Showdown

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By Marie

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know about Tinder. You swipe right if you like a person or swipe left to pass on them. You can also now swipe up and “super like” someone, so that when you appear in their feed, you’re outlined in blue – making it clear that you’re interested. It all sounds easy, but there are some underlying problems that occur once you get a “match.”  Continue reading

Battle Of The Apps: How Some Online Dating Companies Are Breaking Gender Stereotypes

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By Kristina Leigh

When online dating first appeared on the scene, people sneered at it in overtly loud tones while simultaneously whispering, as they were curious about whether or not it would provide them with a new avenue to find a life partner. And as more and more millennials have embraced online dating as just another facet of social media’s daily comings and goings for meeting new people, dating mobile apps and websites have similarly evolved to meet this growing demand.
That said, it’s continued to be difficult to break the stereotypical mold and expectation that “men must make the first move.” How many times have we quoted that Clueless line to our friends? “Christian said he would call tomorrow, but in boy time, that meant Thursday.”

However, one app is changing the rules. Continue reading

#TBT: 8 AIM Away Messages You Definitely Used In High School

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Let’s be honest – for as much as we’ve advanced in terms of technology and social media, there really isn’t anything as golden as AOL Instant Messenger – or, more fondly named AIM. Sure, there’s iChat on our MacBook Pro laptops, but let’s get one thing straight – nothing will ever, ever, be as satisfying as hearing the creak of the “door opening” sound, signifying that someone has signed online on your Buddy List. (Or, you’d hear the cash register sound if it were your crush.) Before the Snapchat story, before Instagram likes, we would explore our creativity with colorful Buddy Profiles, animated Buddy Icons, and, of course, the infamous Away Messages.  Continue reading

Here’s What The Tinder Profiles Of The Lord Of The Rings Characters Would Look Like

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By De Elizabeth

Today, March 25, is National Tolkien Reading Day – a day that was founded by the Tolkien Society in 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. On this day, fans of the Lord of the Rings creator are supposed to read passages that inspire them and help them remember why they love the world of Middle-earth. Continue reading