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Kids on Facebook and Their Exposure to Things They Shouldn’t Be Seeing

I’m not a parent yet and I don’t plan on being one for awhile, but sometimes it bothers me that there are very young kids that are already on Facebook. Some as young as 7 years old. I’m thinking to myself, “is that really necessary at that age?” I understand most young kids just want to go on to have fun, but there are other ways of playing games and having fun. Reading a book or playing outside for example. That’s what I did when I was 7 years old. Simply put, kids these days are growing up just a little too quickly.

This is in no way intended to offend any parents who take the time to read this, but parents wonder where their kids learn things that they didn’t teach them. The obvious is their peers at school. That’s usually the first thing parents look at. These days, parents should definitely see what their kids are doing on Facebook. Sometimes, Facebook is unintentionally an adult website. My news feed is full of things that kids shouldn’t see or hear. There are many videos that kids shouldn’t see and things they shouldn’t read. Even if it’s as innocent as things that do with relationships, they shouldn’t be exposed to that just yet. They should be out playing and running around, not stuck on their tablets. Parents wonder how they’re exposed to these things, yet it is the parent who makes the Facebook for them in the first place. Its pretty crucial to monitor what you will allow your kids to see.

This is a quick rant, but simply put, kids shouldn’t even be allowed a Facebook. Anyone under 16 shouldn’t even know what Facebook is. Yes, as you are an adult and you learn how to use it, it usually is fun and you access it every day. This is an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family, but kids shouldn’t be able to utilize it for entertainment. Monkey see, monkey do. Most videos I see online are filled with inappropriate language that kids shouldn’t have exposure to. When they see and hear these things, obviously it will see normal to them because Facebook is normal to them. It’s quite something tough to control, but when it comes to watching and monitoring, it is up to the parent. Most kids who have Facebook accounts is because parents or another adult makes their accounts. I didn’t even know how to set up an email when I was 7 years old because I was outside playing with my friends! We love social media, but we should limit what our kids see. It’s quite a dangerous world out there.

Soundset 2014!

If you haven’t heard about Soundset yet, you’re missing out! It’s a yearly hip-hop festival, which is held here in Minnesota in Shakopee. Soundset has been held every year since 2008 during Memorial weekend and is a big hit with many Minnesotans. The local hip-hop record label Rhymesayers are the ones who kicked off the event and is a big hit with hip-hop listeners everywhere! This past Soundset was by far the biggest one yet, with over 30,000 people in attendance! I have gone the last 3 years and every year gets more and more ridiculous! Headliners included Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, Nas (one of my favorite artists), 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, and many others. Take a look at all of the people that were there when we entered!

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We arrived when Earl Wolf (Tyler the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt) were performing. The crowd was enjoying them and we worked our way into the crowd. It wasn’t an easy task! The crowd was only getting bigger and the time was about 3:30! We had quite the distance to go and we felt the energy of the crowd! It was crazy as soon as we arrived!

 

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I decided to take a picture of the people behind us once we got up closer to the stages. This was quite a view, as we were very lost in the crowd, but we didn’t care much. It was an amazing experience. Everyone was very hyped up for the event. The crowed sucked to be honest. People we very out of control and drunk. We really wanted to find the most normal people to stand next to, but it was tough!

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Last but not least, my favorite hip-hop artist that I got to see! Nas! It was the 20th anniversary of his first album that he released back in 1994! I was only 3 years old when it released, but it’s an amazing album. The crowd and his performance were some of the most connected energies, as everyone who was there to listen to him were true fans of his craft. This was an amazing experience that I get to see every year, and I can’t wait to till next year. If you haven’t gone, I suggest you check it out!

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Social Media in the sneaker world.

I’m a sneakerhead. Some of you may have noticed, some of you may not have. It’s an expensive world to be in, but a passion. Social media is a big deal when it comes to shoes. To be very honest with you, I can’t go a day without some sort of interaction with my sneaker updates. With this being said, the world that I am involved in has changed throughout the years, due to the rise of social media usage. One thing that Facebook has really brought up are sneaker groups, where people have access to sales/trades of shoes. Social networking leads to actual networking, therefore creating relationships. This is an important aspect of the sneaker world because of the change in the sneaker game. You can’t get a pair of Air Jordans these days without putting in work to secure yourself a pair!

One group in particular is MSX or Midwest Sneaker Xchange, which is a large sneaker exchange group, with many members (including myself) primarily from the Midwest region of the United States. They’ve held 5 different events, helping people meet up and exchange/sell sneakers, meet people and create relationships. Take a look below at one of the recaps from one of the shows they had. This is a show I actually went to in Milwaukee, WI back in February, and I can say that it was awesome!

Midwest Sneaker Xchange February 15th, 2014 Show

Like I said above, you need to put in some sort of work in order to even secure a pair of sneakers for yourself. Welcome the RSVP service for retail Nike Stores, via direct messages on Twitter! To be perfectly honest with you, I never thought i’d need a Twitter account. For this sole (no pun intended) reason, I HAD to get one. Whenever a very hyped pair of shoes are going to be released, Nike usually has an RSVP service, in which your local Nike Store has to receive an RSVP from you on Twitter. Once they tweet a picture of a hashtag, you need to respond to them by sending a direct message to them with the hashtag circled in the picture, your name and size. IF they received your message, they will confirm that you have a spot in line and they will hold the shoes for you on release day. CLICK HERE for a full explanation on Nike’s website for RSVP instructions. This past weekend, I won my first ever spot in line, as you can see below. These spots aren’t easy to win (as you can see my other RSVP attempts weren’t responded to) because you have thousands of others trying to do the same thing as you! You can say I got lucky. 

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These are just a few things that happens in the sneaker world on social media. There are many notable online blogs that follow releases and news, such as NiceKicks, Kicksonfire, & Sneakernews. Obviously there are more, but those three are my favorite. Also, there are online raffles where you can buy tickets to try and win shoes, Instagram image reposts to try to win sneakers, sneaker promotion through instagram, etc. The new ways of networking and promotion are endless with this world! Beforehand, you could walk into a footlocker and buy a pair no problem. These days, you need special resources to be able to buy a pair! These social media platforms have taken over and will continue to rule this world if you ask me. Many people haven’t been exposed to these types of things and wouldn’t even think it existed! It is truly a powerhouse in the social media world and will definitely be like this for a long time. 

Unimportant News

Sometimes I run into things that shouldn’t be there. Especially on the internet. The internet has lots of room, in which it can be filled up with a bunch of nonsense. I feel like some people are just bored and post random things to fill up the space of the internet. What’s really ridiculous is the content of some of these posts. Simply put, there are just too many random things that are put out there to take up space. I think it’s for the developer to kill time and get paid for their work. Yes, some of it is entertaining and funny, but I feel like people can use their time more productively. When I read headlines, it usually paints a picture for me of what I will be reading. Sometimes it interests me and most times it doesn’t. I went to Yahoo.com. This website posts up news constantly. Some very important, some not important at all. Take this headline for example. 

Obama to Expand Program Easing Student Loan Repayments

Seems pretty important right? This is something that affects us all in this class! But what if you saw this headline regarding Obama? 

Obama lashes Republicans, then heads to Starbucks

It makes it sound like Obama just updated his Facebook. Who cares what Obama is drinking. This is a perfect example of a waste of space. I understand this is the job of these writers, but sometimes these writers should think about content that will actually make us care and read about issues occurring. Read the next headline. In my opinion, I don’t care about this unless it relates to me. I don’t own a puppy but there is a very simple solution; keep your phone away from your dog. 

Jealous Puppies are Destroying Smartphones at an Alarming Rate

Unfortunately, we’re stuck with this type of thing. It doesn’t really bother me, but when people would rather report about someone lip-syncing at their concert, rather than what’s going on the Syria, it kind of bothers me. Simply put, people should focus on the real things in life and should really rethink of the content they put up. I understand most things are for entertainment, but some items should be more important than others.

Cell Phone & Cancer.

These days we’re all on our phone, 24/7 (for the most part). Talking, texting, using social media, playing games, etc. We’re too entertained and deep into our business that we don’t realize that we’re holding an electronic device that gives off radiation waves that could cause cancer. Have you ever thought about this? I usually don’t. We are harming ourselves and not even knowing it. But you say, “I’ve been using a cell phone for years, how come I am doing fine?” The truth is, you’re not fine. Your body is dealing with it and simply accepting this. This isn’t something I worry about, but when the topic is brought up, it does bring a concern. Cancer isn’t pleasant at all. It is definitely something we never want to hear about having or a family member having. Take a look at the facts from the National Cancer Institute.

Let me tell you something I see all the time;  women putting their cell phones in their bras. It’s a quick way to make use of your bra for…storage. This is potentially dangerous. Here’s Dr.Oz to give a little more insight.

Isn’t it crazy? Well it isn’t really appealing either. It’s pretty simple to keep these things out of your bra and avoid something like this. I’ve also heard it isn’t good for men either, keeping their cell phone in pockets. This can lower your sperm cell count and potentially make a male infertile. Nothing can be fun about these types of things occurring. Another thing that comes to mind is also children using tablets and cell phones. Little ones are still growing and their little bodies can’t take as much as adults can, obviously. Can these tablets and cellphones give off radiation, exposing them to these waves in which they could cause long-term effects? It’s hard to tell about these types of things, but it can be all avoidable. 

These 5 simple steps could probably change your life and really expose the troubles that cell phones could create. Take a look. While I will not get rid of my phone, it’s important to consider these small steps that can have a big effect on your life. If I can’t convince you, a simple Google search could probably do it for you. Should you get rid of your cell phone? That’s up to you, but having a little bit of knowledge can come a long way if you haven’t considered this yet. 

Stay on top of things!

Productivity and motivation are two things that I need to work on these days. Like most people, by the time we’re off work at 4 or 5 pm, we’re quite drained. We want to go pick up the kids, grab dinner, go home and eat, watch T.V. and repeat the next day in a similar fashion. Most Americans these days lack the energy that they need to keep up with these types of things. One thing that keeps me energized is simply going for a walk, or hitting the gym for an hour or two. This will keep the blood flowing, allowing us to keep us going with our tasks. Me personally, a hard hour at the gym drains me. The feeling of accomplishment when I leave the gym is what keeps me awake. Creating a path of success and positive vibes will surely keep you motivated to get tasks finished. 

Since we’re in a social media class, this leads to my next tip that has helped me stay productive. Take advantage of technology. One funny way you can take advantage of technology, is downloading an extension on your browser which will block certain websites that will distract you. StayFocused is one of those extensions on Google Chrome that will block websites and lock you out. Facebook and Twitter will be no more (for the time being), therefore barring you from checking notifications and tweets. Also, I have downloaded Evernote onto my iPhone. Simply put, this helps you create notes and reminders to help you stick with your tasks. Very useful if you’ve never heard of it. 

While these are just some tips, click here to see other many ways for you to stay productive! One of my favorite ones is #5. I have done that and I don’t miss it! This tip also leads me to last point. 

Lastly, I just want to tell you the best advice I have seen/heard. There are unlimited ways to stay motivated and productive. The best advice I have received for productivity is one that always stuck with me. “Wake up and stop dreaming, so you can go out and chase those dreams instead!