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

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.”

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#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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