Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan My roommate just came off a two-month-long break from Instagram, something a social media junkie like myself would gawk at. She broke her cleanse, downloaded the app and scrolled through photos for 10 minutes before the negative mental effects of social media began to weigh on her again. Without a second thought, she immediately deleted the app again, put down her phone and returned to life in the real world. Since summer, my roommate has made the bold decision to delete nearly all the social media apps off her phone, caving every once in a while only to find that she hadn’t been missing out on much. She is not alone in these revelations. In fact, she’s a part of the growing 64 percent of Gen-Z members who are taking a break from social media. Further, a survey of over 1,000 people from 18-to-24-years old revealed 41 percent of young people think platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat make them feel anxious, sad or depressed … [Read more...] about Internet Cultured: Social media use is about balance
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A threat toward Byron Nelson High School posted on social media prompted authorities in Trophy Club to conduct interviews at the school. Wednesday. The Trophy Club Police Department and Northwest school district staff members became aware of the threats late Tuesday night. Principal Ron Myers said police and school officials worked through the night and determined that the threat was not credible. Authorities did not discloses the nature of the threats or their source. Myers posted a letter on the school's website stating that the investigation was underway. "Like you, we value the safety of all of our students and are thankful for the partnership that we have with our Bobcat Community," Myers said in the statement. … [Read more...] about Social media threats at Byron Nelson High School prompt police response
Baker Mayfield doesn't plan on changing the essence of who he is as a football player. He might try to be less flamboyant on social media, but the Heisman-winning Oklahoma quarterback thinks he has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. Mayfield was at the Fort Worth Club on Monday night to pick up the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, one of a slew of national honors he earned for the Sooners. "I'm not going to change who I am but there’s certain things with social media; you don’t need to stir the pot constantly," said Mayfield, who is trying to shed any fair or unfair notion of being a loose cannon after a few eyebrow-raising moments during his college career. "No need to do that stuff. But I’ve always been an outgoing person, somebody that’s confident, somebody who has passion and energy for the game of football." Mayfield, who is projected by many to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in late April, wants scouts, coaches … [Read more...] about Baker Mayfield says he’s more than scrambling playmaker and social media provocateur
One minute, he’s taming a tiger cub. The next, he’s jumping rope. Then, Joe Ganim is putting in a plug for a protein replacement shake. “I’m trying to work on a lean body this morning, but have a good Valentine’s Day,” Ganim said Wednesday, staring into his iPhone in the parking lot of a fitness club. This is life through the lens of Instagram for the second chance mayor of Connecticut’s largest city, Bridgeport, who is also running for governor. Much the same way that President Trump has used Twitter and Ganim’s Republican mayoral counterparts Mark Boughton of Danbury and Erin Stewart of New Britain have carved out a niche on social media, Ganim is using Instagram to try to connect with followers. Ganim, 58, has become a prolific poster — some might say social media hound -- on the video and photo-sharing app. With more than two dozen people running for governor, candidates are looking for every edge as they reach out to voters. … [Read more...] about Insta-Ganim: Candidates for Governor Embrace Social Media
If you want to lead your best life, be prepared to fail.In an inspiring speech the day after he won the Super Bowl, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles stressed that “failure is a part of life.”“It’s a part of building character and growing,” he said. “Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes.” More: Aziz Ansari lesson: Women should feel free to hurt the guy's feelings More: Preventing suicide: Teen deaths are on the rise, but we know how to fight back Foles is speaking from experience. He was the back-up Eagles quarterback who led the team in the Super Bowl only because quarterback Carson Wentz had an ACL injury. His career in recent years had seemed to sputter: released by the Rams in 2016, Foles considered retiring at the time. As this newspaper’s Lorenzo Reyes put it, Foles is “one of the most unlikely Super Bowl … [Read more...] about Listen to Nick Foles, not social media. Failure helps you succeed.