How Moms Are Simultaneously Pressured to Be “Perfect” and “Real” Online

By De Elizabeth

There’s a lot about motherhood that’s talked about on the internet.

Mom blogs are rampant — and you can find one on almost every topic. If it’s not a mom blog, it’s a mom Instagram account. Or a mom YouTube channel. All of which are gleaming with the superficial: lists of favorite products, the ingredients of recipes for a smash cake, brightly-lit photos marking the passage of time. My own blog contains a lot of these things too, I’ll admit. Continue reading

The Importance of Communication in Everyday Life

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By Isabel F. William

If God didn’t have anything better to do (and we’ll assume there, in fact, is a God, and we’ll freely suppose she is a woman) and came down to Earth to see what’s happening and what we’ve done with all we’ve been given, she’d be utterly confused with the state of things and the relationships we’ve built and destroyed.

It feels like the last ten years or so have brought about a communication demise so powerful that none of us can find our way out of it, despite being the ones to blame for creating it in the first place. Continue reading

It Might Be Time To Take A Break In Your Relationship With Social Media

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By Isabel F. William

We all know how useful social media can be when it comes to chatting with our friends, sharing photos,  and making plans. But, not many of us are aware of all the negative and even dangerous side effects of spending too much time on it. Everything that we see on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can affect our real life. Here are some ways in which social media can impact you and your relationships. Continue reading

15 Instagram Posts That Actually Made Us Lol

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By De and Kate

Instagram is arguably the best/worst time sucking app to ever exist. One minute, you’re looking at a pic of your bff, Jill’s daily gingerbread latte addiction, and then *suddenly* (38 minutes later) you’ve managed to scroll through the accounts of every contestant from season 17 of The Bachelor. While we’re in no way claiming for it to be the most productive way to pass time, it is entertaining and the right account can provide just the comedic therapy we all need a little more of in 2017.

With that, we bring you 15 posts that made us laugh loud enough for the person in front of us at the self-checkout aisle to look back with bewilderment: Continue reading

Now Is Not The Time To Be Neutral

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By Jillian Stacia

On Friday, the New York Times released its new Social Media Guidelines for its newsroom.

The guidelines covered a variety of topics, but the one that has everyone talking is its first and most vital point: “In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times’s journalistic reputation.”

And while the intention behind these guidelines is clear: The Times wants to remain a nonbiased organization – it seems impractical and frankly inadvisable to require employees to follow these guidelines in today’s society. Continue reading

10 Times Lauren Conrad’s Instagram Was a Total Dream

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By De and Kate

It’s pretty easy to be obsessed with Lauren Conrad. Between her impeccable style, her amazing hair, taste in clothes, and just all around aesthetic, she’s one of the most inspirational celebs of our time. And today (February 1) just happens to be her birthday. So in honor of Lauren turning the big 3-1, we’ve rounded up some of her greatest Instagram moments of all time. Because if you’re not following Lauren on Insta, you’re certainly not living your best life. Continue reading

Checking My Status Before Logging On

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By Kate Kole

I did a mini social media detox last week. Closing my Twitter tab, scrolling out of Instagram, and logging off Facebook, I declared the 72 hours dividing Wednesday morning and the weekend as deliberately free my typical news feeds. 3 days is hardly a long time and I didn’t expect any lasting life changing epiphanies to occur. I equated it more to the likes of a fruit and vegetable cleanse, figuring that a couple days of eating greens doesn’t overhaul my everyday snacking tendencies the same way a few days without Facebook wouldn’t change my online habits. 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

For National Day Of Unplugging: Consider Being Mindfully Plugged-In

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Social media has undoubtedly become one of our generation’s biggest love/hate and most talked about relationships. We have memes poking fun at our inability to hold a conversation face-to-face because we’re too busy staring at our screens and texting our friends from across the room. And we’re surrounded by articles, posts, and videos discussing our levels of connection – or lack there of – due in large part to the role technology plays in our lives. Ironically enough, so many of the sources we see calling for us to put our phones down and look up at the world around us use the very means they’re demoting to advertise their message. Simply put, social media and our intertwined connection to it has become somewhat of a catch 22.

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