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Technology Is Making Us Dumber.

Sure, there are plenty of examples of how technology has made life easier, more convenient, and has proven to be helpful, but has it made us smarter? I would like to argue that technology has, in fact, NOT made us smarter but the opposite.

Technology has made life too easy, too convenient, and too helpful. Yes, it helps us navigate unfamiliar streets, find that perfect cookie recipe, diagnose ourselves (often inaccurately) online, and it got us to the moon, but what effect has it had on us cognitively, physically, and psychologically?

The article “What is Brain Plasticity and Why is it so Important?” from the news organization called The Conversation talks about Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – which is the ability of the brain to modify its connections or re-wire itself. The article describes why neuroplasticity is important to the development of the brain, but the takeaway for the sake of this blog is – your brain is a muscle. Like our physical muscles, the motto “use it or lose it” applies.

For example, since our brain has the ability to rewire, we are losing that self-navigational ability. Raise your hand if you’ve consistently used the GPS to get to the same location.

Due to the over-use of technology, it has caused us to reduce physical activity (leading to obesity and related health issues), to have poorer posture (which can lead to musculoskeletal issues), sleep problems, and eye strain.

Jon Johnson wrote in his article published by the newsletter Medical News Today, “Negative Effects of Technology: What to Know”, that technology can lead to isolation. He wrote “A 2017 study in young adults aged 19–32 years found that people with higher social media use were more than three times as likely to feel socially isolated than those who did not use social media as often.”

“Smart phone depression 2” by Mirøslav Hristøff is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The convenience of technology has made us over-reliant on its use. In some cases, this has turned into an addiction. The use of technology can be addicting. It can be distracting. It can make us less productive. We retain less information. It affects our concentration. It has a negative impact on our social skills. It intrudes upon classroom learning.

Considering these factors, we can conclude that although technology can be useful, it is making us dumber.



Pet therapy: Animals as healers

Pet therapy is when a person interacts with a trained animal. Pet therapy can be used to provide support to the person. It is a coping mechanism that one can use to help with health problems or mental health. Having the presence of animals can help someone feel better.  

Pet therapy can help reduce one’s stress or anxiety. Having the presence of an animal is helpful and can help with the person’s situation. In college, they do have pet therapy. During exam week, one can touch animals to help reduce their stress. This very calming experience.

Pet therapy has many health benefits and provides one with support. This is something that can be implemented in most places. Mental health is a reason for people to have service animals. Many people face mental illness and pet therapy is a resource one can use. If Animals are a comfort for you they will help with your treatment.  

Benefits of pet therapy:

  • Stress Levels
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness.



Why are humans becoming addicted to their phones?

Theres been a study that found that Americans matured 35 to 49 utilized social media 40 minutes more each week than those matured 18 to 34. Gen Xers were moreover more likely than millennial to drag their phones out at the supper table. The middle-­aged spend more time than millennial on each sort of device phone, computer, tablet, and whereas they don’t look at their phones whereas driving more than youthful individuals, they do it more than they should. So Why can’t middle-­aged ­people put down their phones? Since the midpoint of life is when your got to communicate crests. The middle-aged are the central hub in their atomic families, the center through which all informing voyages. Beyond any doubt, individuals beneath 30 may juggle perpetual Snaps and Instagram Stories with their companions. But the middle-aged are handling writings and Face Times from their young kids (hitting them up with questions almost school or connections) as well as emails, phone calls, and more writings from then. millennial also have the same issue. These days social media is becoming so huge and also time consuming theirs so many things that can pull you to your phone and watch a tiktok, of Instagram and snap chat story. the distracting is getting huge. the feeling of putting your phone away and getting things done for yourself is becoming hard for many you feel lost with the world when you do it. I know I do. Since so numerous individuals utilize their phones as devices of social interaction, they ended up acclimated to always checking them for that hit of dopamine that’s discharged when they interface with others on social media or a few other app. App software engineers are checking on that drive to keep you checking your phone. A few apps indeed withhold and discharge social fortifications, such as “likes” and “comments,” so we get them in an eccentric design. When we can’t anticipate the design, we check our phones more often. That cycle can lead to a tipping point: when your phone ceases to be something you appreciate and gets to be something you’re essentially compelled to utilize.

here are some helpful tips to make your phone addiction better: try to get some apps on your phone that helps you with some self control tips. why not use you phone in a healthy format? once you tame you self control, set aside one day a week to your self wear you shut your phone completely off try to have some “me time”.

Heres a graph that shows you how hard it is for millennials to put there phone down!

Hey babe what’s your sign?

Humankind has always had a fascination with the stars. Astrology has been dated back to 2nd millennium BCE. It is a pseudoscience so in layman’s terms it means it should be taken with a grain of salt. When most people read about their ‘sign’ they are reading about their Sun Sign. There are twelve months in a year twelve zodiac signs along with twelve houses each with their own emphasis and 9 planets. Each zodiac sign is ruled by a planet and some signs share planets. When you read only your sun sign you are only reading about that part of your personality that you present to the world. When you are born the planets are set in the sky in a very specific pattern, each one in a specific house and there are different aspects, squares, conjunctions, oppositions etc. It gets very detailed. On the Wikipedia page for astrology there are 169 different reference points.

I’ve been reading about astrology and interested in it ever since I was in middle school. I’m not the kind of person that won’t get out of bed if my horoscope says not to that day, but I am the kind of person that will not buy anything electronic or sign a very important contract during Mercury retrograde. I think astrology is a guideline. It won’t tell you everything you need to know about a person. It doesn’t factor in nature vs nurture, class, education level, life experience. But I use it to get a rough idea of the kind of person I’m getting to know. Once someone tells me their birthday and I figure out their sun sign I never forget it. I know most of my partners chart and have his, mine, and several friends saved on my phone. I think what I love about it is the mix of science and art.

Most cultures since the dawn of time attached significance to astrological events Greek, Roman, Hindu, Chinese, Maya. Today on Twitter the astrological community was analyzing the presidential debates based off the time and place they were held and comparing Biden and Trumps chart with each other’s and the current astrological ‘weather’. A fun place to get started learning more about yourself is https://www.astrotheme.com/ where you can plug in your exact birth time and date along with place of birth. Who knows, maybe you will learn a little bit more about yourself.

Blog Post 5 – Paul Nettles

How do you feel about Video Games? Due to COVID-19, People are gaming more than ever with Minnesota’s “Stay At Home order”. Is this good for their gaming disorder? Is this good for those who are addicted to video games?


This article talks about how before this current Coronavirus pandemic that gaming was looked down on but gaming is helping people get through isolation. The stereotypical image of gamers is isolated loners playing by themselves for hours and hours. But today kids and adults can socialize while playing games online. Video games our keeping people connected to each other when we can’t physically be around each-other. Expert say that games can help players develop a range of skills, such as how to negotiate, collaborate and critically think.


I have always appreciated the internet and video games. Now these days everyone is discovering the value in them. Before COVID-19 I would play maybe played my game 2-3 days a week. But now I pretty much play every single day. Playing my Xbox is the only way I get to interact with my friends, we use to be able to go workout or play basketball at LA Fitness but it’s closed and some of my friends are afraid to be in public because of the coronavirus. When I am playing my game I sometimes feel like I am in another world. It takes my mind off the problems our world is going through. Gives me break from reality. Which is good for me because I have experienced some anxiety issues since this pandemic started. I recommend that you invest in one if you need something to connect with friends and family.

Are we really protesting Stay at Home orders?

Stay at Home orders started in the middle of March and were extended through April, now into May, and in some states they will stay in effect until mid-June. Businesses have been closed which means no eating out, no school, no parks, no shopping malls, no movie theaters, no nightclubs or bars, no church, basically no public gatherings of any kind. These orders were put into place to stop the rapid spread of COVID 19 that hit the United States out of nowhere, at least in my oblivious world, and ripped through communities causing many to get sick and some deaths. Minnesota was recently recognized as a place whose number of confirmed cases had dropped because we’ve done a good job at social distancing. So why are the Stay at Home orders being protested in states around the country, including ours, when we know it’s working?

Being home has been hard for us all. We don’t get much interaction with our peers, some of us get none if we live alone or with children only. We have had to change our frame of working, most people now working from home, and school, with parents having to home school their school-aged children. None of these transitions have been easy, but they’ve been necessary. Small-local businesses have been one of the largest groups of people impacted. They can’t afford to keep paying their employees, they can’t afford to pay to keep their leases, and they didn’t get much bail out from government grants. Yet and still, they aren’t going out into the streets screaming to be open, or even worse, opening in secret.

Protesting something like this order really just screams privilege. I read on a website somewhere that someone called the people protesting “modern day Rosa Parks.” I was appalled that they would use such a comparison to speak about such an unnecessary movement. Comparing these Stay at Home orders to years of slavery, oppression, murder, rape, and criminalization of a whole community is offensive to say the very least. I know people who are fighting on the front lines of COVID in the healthcare industry and I know people that have fought on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement. Not that I’d rather compare these two communities, but these protestors deserve no attention and no positive recognition for what they are doing. I’m all for social justice movements… but this one just doesn’t move me.

Support Local Businesses!

It’s important to support local businesses during these hard times. Local restaurants are hit the hardest during this pandemic. These small businesses are run by families and people of color and these small businesses are their income. It’s important to help out! In this article it explains how to support local businesses.

1- Purchase gift cards to your favorite shops.

Restaurants everywhere are hoping you’ll comeback soon so by purchasing a gift card or gift certificate you would be helping them a ton but also you can use them at a future date when you can actually go out and enjoy a meal!

2- Order delivery or take out

You can still support local restaurants by ordering take out or delivery! A lot of local businesses in MN have moved to curbside pickup, so all you gotta do is order ahead and grab your food. Also some restaurants have added new things to their menus, so just because we’re stuck indoors we can still enjoy new foods from them!

3- Tip. A lot!

Delivery drivers are putting themselves at risk while providing us with our goods. They are in the front lines during this pandemic and they should be generously tipped!

4-Donate where you can

Try and find local businesses you can donate to if you can. These people serve us our food, it’s nice to help them out. Some of them probably don’t have paid sick leave, some probably can’t file for unemployment, etc. It’s important to help them!

5- Stay positive

The whole world is going through it, socially and economically. We’re not alone so it’s important to stay positive during these tough times and hope everything can get back to normal once this pandemic is over.

There are so many local businesses throughout the Twincities, I’ll name a few of the ones I enjoyed.

-Karibu grocery and deli

-East side Thai

-Thirty-six cafe


-Mañana Salvadorian Restaurant

-Cha yes

-Mu Mu Tea

Go support your local businesses!

College Experience

What is the college experience? Some think of the college experience as a time to explore new boundaries such as people, culture, and learning experience. A college experience are those and more. The importance of it is to get a better job and start at life.

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Ready for graduation!

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I’ve been in college for about a decade now. Just graduated with my associate in 2019, now graduating with my bachelor in 2020. Throughout my experience, I have always wonder if college was worth it. College back in 2007, when I graduated high school was a big deal. It was the talk of getting a good job. Just having an associate was more than enough.

In 2014 things started to change, where an associate was no longer the needed degree. Instead a bachelor became require in most entry jobs. I remember hearing about this news, while still trying to complete my associate. At that point I felt like giving up, because it felt like there was no hope. Soon after in 2016, I lost my mom and things just fell apart. I just wanted to quit because of the bills, lack of motivation, and peer pressure. Nothing was for certain anymore.

After losing my mom in 2016, my North Hennepin community College counselor questioned me. Shawn told me that I can’t stay in a community college forever. Because time was running out and money was running out. He asked me “What is your next step, right now?” I couldn’t answer him at that time. But because I was in NHCC for so long, I got comfortable and scare of moving on. The college experience was terrible, so I thought. But, after a hard and long consideration, I decided to transfer to Metropolitan State University to get a bachelor degree. I wanted to finish this experience for myself. I wanted to be the first to obtain a college degree in my family. I wanted a better life, even if it was uncertain.

The college experience was an up hill battle, it’s uncertain of results, and may jeopardize more than its own worth. My thought on the college experience is that, people need to research their intentions on that specific goal or degree. Because some degree holds no value in today’s need. However, the end goal for it all is to obtain knowledge and be a better person. Yes, a great job is the aim for it all. But, while being in the process of it, why not enjoy the experience and value being given.

Cable News Killing Journalism

I am not old enough to tell you that how simple news media used to be, and I have feeling that you do not need anyone to tell you that either, but lately I have noticing how cable news is killing journalism. Cable news networks want to cover news 24 hour but unfortunately there is no news that is enough to fit 24 hour to be spin off  and they are starting to bring large group of  people from different political affiliation who are not exert at anything except false narrative that can not be verified right away. What happened to real journalism, finding truth about corporation, or disposing government outreach. It seems print news are doing their due diligence and not exaggerating news in order to win audience for rating purposes. For example, in 2014 when Malaysia airplane disappeared cable news media started speculating wild idea and CNN took it to the next level by introducing theory that supernatural might be at play without any shred of evidence. CNN’s Don Lemon asked one of his guests if might be black hole or Bermuda triangle might be involved and CNN’s rating soured through the roof for exaggerating the news which led FOX News to cover CNN’s coverage of Malaysia airplane disappearance. These kinds of stories are the exact reason why cable news killing journalism to reach wider audience and boost ratings

Must watch this video

#5: People Who Take Life too Seriously are No Fun to Be Around

[Before we get started, enjoy this lovely photo of a gnome holding a tiny frog while standing guard over a mushroom:]

One thing I’ve always prided my self on is that I’M the fun one – the one that brings life to the party and lightens the mood. Almost to a fault. While I’ve never viewed myself as the class clown, I do believe that everyone else is far to serious and it’s up to me to bring them down to a base level of life’s little pleasures.

Or so I thought until this past Saturday. [But before we get to that, enjoy this photo of a cute cat sleeping:]

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This is my kitten, Cookie. She likes to nap.

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Back to this past Saturday – I was at my daughter’s latest swim meet. As vice president of the club, whenever I am at an event there’s a non-stop flow of parents asking questions about everything (most of which are on our team website). I was sitting next to another dad who is a close friend of mine. When the meet was almost over he turned and asked if I was okay. I asked why, and he said that he had noticed over recent months that I was cheering for the kids less and being crabby and complaining more. Me? No way. Then, on the way out, one of the swimblings (as the younger siblings of the swimmers have come to be known) asked if I had any candy and I about snapped her head off (I’m known as the “candy guy” because I always bring it to meets to share with everyone). Well, I made her cry…not on purpose, but it made me stop and think a little. Not too much though; until the next day – Father’s Day by the way – when my daughter mentioned we don’t do cool stuff as much and she just wanted to go and kick the ball in the street with me. Hold on, was I becoming the no-fun way too serious guy??

[How about a random picture of flowers?]

Even though I’m not currently working, I am very busy. I am taking a full load of classes in school. I am working 30+ hours per week as vice president of the swim club (self-imposed, but I do have time available to do it). I have a two story, five-bedroom house with a HUGE yard to maintain (trust me, as a single father it’s a ton of work to keep up on). After my weekend I began looking at the things I have going on and how I’ve been processing them. Like many of us I turned to the internet and ended up spending a large amount of time on Chris Combs’ website. He’s a little extreme and I’ve always enjoyed his stuff. One article I read really struck home for me: 17 Reasons Not to Take Life Too Seriously. You should check it out – he has some very sound advice. Some of it is humorous, some of it is harder hitting, some of it comes with a language warning if swearing offends you, and some is even wrong (Seinfeld does not belong on this list. Worst show ever. It’s my blog so I can say that).

#7: Life is more fun when you don’t take it so seriously. After a few days of self-reflection and talking to those with opinions I value, my conclusion is that I am taking EVERYTHING far too seriously and it’s showing. It’s not where I want to be. Yes, life isn’t a big joke festival, but I shouldn’t be causing those I know to not enjoy my company. My temper shouldn’t be making little girls cry (that one hurts. A lot). My daughter shouldn’t be commenting on my behavior either. Going forward, I’m going to step back a bit and really review what’s important and how I react to it. I’m going to force myself to do irrelevant, quirky things like I did in the past (such as adding random photos to my blog post) and refocus on smaller, happier things. We’ll see how it goes…the point is that I’m really going to try.

What do I want you, my reader, to take from all of this? It’s very simple: take a step back and really look at yourself, your behaviors, and attitudes. Hopefully I’ve convinced you to try and take things a little less seriously. We will all benefit from it!