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Ok everyone, here’s my small dilemma; I have this crazy addiction to Netflix. And I already know what you’re going to say about the matter. “You can control how much you watch my just not watching television at all!” And that statement in itself while fundamentally true, realistically is complete garbage of a statement in logic. There are simply too many shows and movies to watch, that are completely commercial free! Yes they are commercial free and I love every minute of it!
Are you anything like me in that nature? Because I have a slightly addictive personality. That meaning, once something interests me, I become extremely determined to invest mast amounts of time and effort into it. That can be a good thing if it’s something like prepare for a test two weeks away. Or finish homework once it’s assigned instead of waiting until the last minute to do it. I am in college so my time is very important to me. Primarily because I have so much time on my hands. Which I love! Anyways, back to the important things. I have an addiction to Netflix! Not some small thing either. I have to watch it like everyday. But I wont flip through it until I find something interesting to watch. Oh no, I have a show that I watch daily. It’s called Weeds, and shut up. Yes I realize that I am way behind and blah blah blah. Hush up and listen to me rant on about how this is detrimental to my education. The time I could be spending on school and other GOOD activities, instead I am contemplating what will happen in the next episode and so on. Kind of a crappy way of doing business wouldn’t you think? Are my priorities really that low that I must bash away on my keyboard like a lunatic trying to vent my anger to the world in order to feel some resemblance of normality? That YOU have all of the answers I am looking for? Ok I am obviously crazy.
Anyways, Netflix, although good in it’s product, bad for the college kid. Or anyone trying to make it in life.
Web Camera – A Great Investment
How many of you reading this have children in college or close to it? How many of you are kids moving away for extended periods of time? Even if you are none of these, I encourage you to invest in a web camera! So if you’re not technologically savvy, you’re probably asking what exactly is a web camera? Well a web cam is used to engage in conversation through both audio and video. You can have a conversation with someone and actually see them. That means for you parents out there, you can see your child from pretty much anywhere internet is available.
Can a Web Cam Help Me?
I am a freshman in college this year and my like many, occasionally wish to see my parents. But I live 3 hours away so how can I see them in a matter of minutes like I used to? Well, that’s where the web camera comes in handy! There are many applications that allow you to use video calling. Some include, but not limited to, Skype, Facebook, and some others. The reason I brought up Facebook is not the fact that I absolutely love it. I can assure you I am not addicted to it. But one feature that’s unique is the ability to make video calls with a friend using a Skype application! You don’t even need a Skype account, which I encourage you to get because it’s free and simple to use. How would you like the ability to simply log into your Facebook account, click on a friends name, and then call them?
Technology can be helpful if you learn to use the right things. Web cameras also can be moderately cheap and still work well. I went home last Sunday and while my mother was out of town, I went into her office and hooked up a web camera as a surprise. She hasn’t used it yet and never has before, but I think that will change very soon. She was thrilled that she could at least see me and talk to me everyday. The transition from home to living away can be hard for both parents and children. Of course it doesn’t stop there! You can have conference calls, meetings, social gatherings, etc. all by simply pushing a couple of buttons and looking pretty for the camera.
Conair iStubble is Amazing
I just recently bought the new Conair iStubble and I couldn’t be happier with it! I’m not writing this as a promotional piece for anyone out there wondering, I simply love this new device and I encourage any guy to at least try it. The greatest thing about the iStubble is it’s ability to adjust the blades on the face trimmer by mere mm. That means a really close shave without the irritation of razor burn. Don’t you just hate that? I first saw the trimmer on YouTube when an add appeared. They had this model with a scruffy face and needed a serious shave. Then he used the trimmer and of course they made it look flawless! And to be honest with you, it almost is. I haven’t found anything I can complain about and that’s a first for me as I’m sure all of you are aware.
But where can you purchase the iStubble?
That’s a good question and it turns out, it’s not the easiest device to find in your local retail store. I bought mine from Walmart.com and they delivered it to the store near me pretty fast. Bravo on Walmart for the convenience! Again, I’m not promoting the retail giants, I’m only pointing out how well they did. I ordered the Conair iStubble online at Walmart.com for a reasonable price, and they delivered it to my store for free quickly. These fat-cat corporations cease to amaze me a small amount of the time! So just how good of a trimmer is it? Well there are plenty of YouTube videos supporting it, but many have very little views, grainy, and don’t do a remarkable job at promoting it. But there is one guy on there that did do a great job. He videoed himself shaving with the iStubble and that’s what really sold me. You can check out the link here! And no, I’m not affiliated with him at all. Just enjoyed the video and thought I would share it.
I thought about making a video about the trimmer and putting it on YouTube and also on this blog. That might bring more viewers to my blog and that’s what I ultimately want. I thoroughly enjoy writing blogs because it gives me a great opportunity to share with you my views on technology and other matters. If more people expressed their feelings in writing with logic instead of hate like many do with comments, I believe we could make more progress with becoming a more in-tune community. Anyways, leave your comments below because I would love to hear from you!
It’s a known fact that AT&T is making it’s way to becoming the largest cellular company in the world. With over 70 million cell phone customers alone, AT&T could be described as a “superpower”. It has an almost endless number of resources and they continually offer more service to rural areas. On top of cell phone service, they offer cable and internet. So no wonder people are buying into this company.
In March, AT&T announced that they would attempt to acquire T-Mobile for 39B. That’s quite a bit of money don’t you think? Although T-Mobile is the smallest of the four companies in America, what would diminishing the company do to the competition? Well if Uncle Sam has anything to do with it, AT&T and T-Mobile will not merge. Recently, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the tech giant stopping them from merging. They fear that with less competition, comes greater pay for each individual customer and I would have to agree with them on that. If there are only 3 big names in the cell phone business in America that will lead to advancements in cost. Why wouldn’t they raise the prices if they could? Everyone is out to get more and more money and these giant corporations shouldn’t be able to bully us around with greater fees. And I realize that AT&T will claim that they are merely doing this for the greater good. Sure, you can buy into that if you want. But if you ask me, I believe they are doing this so that their CEO’s, Presidents, etc. can have more money lining their pockets!
And maybe that’s not what they are trying to accomplish. Perhaps, they only want what’s best for each individual customer. But with more customers comes less about the individual. I’m sure it’s quite hard to satisfy over 70m+ subscribers. They already suffer with personalized customer service as it is. There is absolutely no bargaining or negotiating with them as of now and with a merger of another corporation, they will only get bigger and busier.
Remember the days when owning a cell phone meant something? It was somewhat exclusive and when you called about a complaint, people more or less cared. But now, their phones are ringing off the hook and you are nothing more than customer number 101101987. Another name on a screen that has been keeping loyal to the company for years like my family has. And then they want to nickel and dime you to death! That’s not how a business should be run is it? Maybe I’m wrong and correct me if so! Maybe we should hand over more money to the “superpowers” of our world and kneel before them and accept whatever they say we have to.
How long have you been surfing the web? And no, I don’t mean today, I mean for how many years? At what time frame did the internet become so popular? Some people say when E-Mail was started. Others when Google appeared. Most of you would probably say anywhere between the mid and late 90’s. I really didn’t start surfing until the new millennium. I’m only 18, but that’s beside the point.
What would you say if I were to tell you the Internet has been around since 1982? Pretty weird don’t you think? It doesn’t seem like we have been online that long. And truth is, we haven’t. It pretty much wasn’t until the 90’s that the Internet became a daily thing for a lot of people. I’m sure there are plenty online today that only check their email.
But the real question is, “What has the Internet done for us?”. I believe the Internet has evolved a community to operate on a vast amount of networks. Eventually we will all be connected to the internet by some form or another. The world is updating itself too quickly to go back now. Does anyone see that as a problem? I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I do enjoy being able to connect with my friends several hours away in a matter of seconds. It can take someone longer to pull out their phone and call a person than it takes to connect to them. With social networks like Facebook and Twitter, there are limitless opportunities for someone to get in touch with another. I know many adults that have found high school and college friends through Facebook that wouldn’t have any other way, besides hiring a private detective! But with more information we put online, it opens another kind of door. And that door is fraud. It’s not very hard for someone to steal your identity and I have to caution you about putting up delicate information. Put it this way, if I wouldn’t tell something to a complete stranger, I try not to put it online!
I realize that I went on a rant but I felt like it was important. So, in your opinion, what has evolved a network community? Maybe it’s not Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. Perhaps It’s how you express yourself as an individual in a virtual universe!
About how much on average do you browse the web? If you’re anything like me, many hours a day whether on my laptop or smart phone. Teens on average spend well over 25-30+ hours a week online. So the average would be over 4 hours daily! And all that reading is certainly taking a toll on our reading and logic levels.
Think about this, when you go to read something, do you spend 15-20 minutes reading articles? Chances are no, you do not. We find the information we are looking for by quickly skimming over what we read and get little snippets of information at a time. But how can that make us dumb you ask? Well people who spend more time online aren’t necessarily going to have a lower I.Q. than someone who spends more time reading books. But this type of information access isn’t helping our generation at all.
I am just as guilty of it as the next guy. I don’t have time to waste by reading long articles trying to get the information out of it. Instead, I plug-in my questions to Google, and it generally gives me the answer at the top of the article I click. That means it’s very easy for me to spend just a couple of minutes reading quick bursts of information and this isn’t helping me.
As technology grows, more and more teens will turn to the internet for everything they need. Many have access to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites which makes reclusiveness more likely to happen. Young people need to engage with their peers by other means than the internet. Online games also take a toll on a child’s education. About how many hours do you spend playing video games? I am an avid fan of the Call of Duty online so that can easily take several hours each day from me. But I also attend a public university so I will always have access to people. That can’t be said about some young kids either in elementary or high school.
This is more or less a message to parents who may be reading this, “watch the amount of online activity your child has!”. Too much Facebook, Twitter, etc. will be bad for any child developing. They will be more prone to seeing things you may not necessarily agree with. There are filters for these networks but it would be impossible to stop everything from slipping through! Personally, I think your child needs to be well over 12 or 13 to have access to these social networks! Many parents would agree with me on this. Anyways, what are your thoughts toward this? Don’t be afraid to leave your comments down below!
Google has transformed how we as human beings interact with the world wide web. Imagine your life without that nifty search engine giving you most of your invaluable information? To me, Google is more than a search engine; it’s an entity that has a vast amount of power and knowledge. I forgot how much I really relied on Google. Every time I browse the web I am either going to Google or Yahoo. The reason for Yahoo! is because they have great news updates in my opinion!
As I browsed Google’s large database looking for new things to incorporate into my life, I stumbled up Google +, and no I didn’t go to Stumble-up (ha). I tried to join but was unable to! Why is that you say? Well when I joined, you had to be invited much like Facebook was in the day! Someone in the world had to personally invite you to join the network. Google+ doesn’t have a network, they have circles. Not many people have this cool little social networking site but like Facebook, it will pick up when people realize just how cool it is! Facebook is great, if you’re in high school, or a curious parent. But other than that, I really don’t like using Facebook because of all the really young people that happen to be on it. You don’t need to be the appropriate age to have a Facebook account and children take advantage of that.
That’s where Google+ comes in! It is still pretty exclusive and if you would like to join, I will gladly refer you! Facebook will turn into that thing children use in the future. How long that may be is not something I’m sure of yet. But trust me, you will notice more and more people transitioning from Facebook, to Google+!
I want to know what you think about social networking. How has our addiction to this vast network of friends and people alike transformed us? Is social networking hurting us in any way? That is a touchy topic to say at least! Many will argue that social networking is in fact hurting us simply because of the privacy aspect. People will put something on their Facebook, Myspace, or Blog that they wouldn’t ordinarily anywhere else! Could that become a problem for the future? Think about this scenario; you’re running for office 15 or 20 years from now. And one of your opponents pulls something from his or her bag of tricks! An article, post, photo, or video of you doing something you wish you hadn’t. Can you see the problem there? But how can you tell what you’re going to do years from now? The simple fact is, you can’t. We have to make the proper choices for our future when we as a young generation are thrust into this cyber network full of opportunities. That’s just something I’ve been really wanting to say for a while.
Anyways, I hope that all of you found this blog post helpful. As always, thanks for reading and please keep following me! Leave a comment on this subject down below!