IS SOCIAL MEDIA REALLY AN ADDICTION?

Social media refers to interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Social media depend on mobile and web-based technologies to create interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content. They introduce substantial changes to communication between organizations, communities, and individuals. Social media differ from traditional/industrial media in many ways, including quality, reach, frequency, usability, immediacy, and permanence.

The dictionary defines addiction as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, such as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” Although social media addiction isn’t really an addiction after all, it is still related to a compulsion to consume something or engage in a set of behaviors to the point that it significantly interferes with a person’s life.

According to a survey I did on social media addiction, I’ve received a total of 57 response; 40 from females and 17 from males. All participants fell under the same age group which can be label as young adults, the range was from 20-25 years old. When ask how often do you check your social media accounts, 77% of participants said they check/ update their accounts almost all hours of the day. Although the other 23% of participants check their account a little less often, they can’t get through the day without checking it a few times. 

The top 3 social medias that people currently are engaging in are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 100% of the participants have a Facebook account, 83% of those same people have Instagram, and 77% of them have a Twitter. What I found interesting from this survey was 100% of participants rely on social media to connect with friends and family, and to stay up to date with the latest news, trends, and gossip but 81% of those participants believe they can live without social media.

In a Huffington Post article titled “Are We Addicted to Facebook, or Are We Just Addicted to Ourselves” Diana Tamir and Jason Mitchell at Harvard performed a simple study: They put people in their fMRI scanner and gave them a choice to (1) report their own opinions and attitudes, (2) judge the attitudes of another person, or (3) answer a trivia question, while they measured the participants’ brain activity. The catch was that each choice was associated with a monetary payoff, which allowed the scientists to test if individuals were basically willing to give up money to self-disclose. And they were. On average, participants lost an average of 17 percent of potential earnings to think and talk about themselves! 

And this research can be apply to all other social medias. Why do people get jealous when someone else has more “likes” than them? Or when a celebrate have hundreds of thousands of followers and likes? Better yet, when a regular person (or a friend) has more likes and friends than you? It’s  likely that it is not the social media itself that people are addicted to. It is all of the self-promoting features that it offers: posting what you are thinking, posting pictures of yourself, giving your opinion on what others post via “likes,” etc. It is also about being more popular than the next person, and feeling like everybody likes you and is praising you. And throw in a little intermittent reinforcement; not knowing when the next time someone will like or comment on your post and all of these social medias have a winning formula. Or at least one that gets us hooked.

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The Late Paul Walker is Put to Rest

Family members and several co-stars attended the funeral Saturday for “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker. The private ceremony took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

According to various reports, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez were among the celebrities in attendance.

Rodriguez later tweeted: “I said goodbye to a great man today, a man I never got to show just how much I love his spirit and his golden heart, ‘stay golden pony boy’.”

Also at the funeral were his father, Paul Walker Sr., his mother, Cheryl Walker, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, according to eonline.com. Walker’s body was released to his family last week after the L.A. County coroner completed an autopsy.

An anonymous source exclusively revealed to Hollywood Life that Walker’s 15 year old daughter Meadow Walker, has been showing surprising strength while mourning for the past two weeks after her dad’s sudden death.

“Meadow’s heartbroken and grieving but she’s showing an incredible amount of strength. Everyone is amazed by how strong she is. Her family is all focused on looking after her and protecting her but she’s actually helping them. She has a very strong spirit, just like Paul and it’s been a huge blessing for everyone to have her close,” the insider shared.

Meadow Rain Walker just moved in with her actor-father in California from Hawaii. In an interview with US Weekly before his tragic death, Paul expressed his excitement with the fact that his daughter will be living with him. Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed Nov. 30 when a 600-horsepower 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas, 38, crashed into a concrete light pole and a tree on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita. Walker, 40, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Walker and Rodas were declared dead at the scene. Walker died “within seconds” of the crash from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns, according to the coroner.

At the time of his death, Walker had been attending a toy drive and a benefit sponsored by his philanthropic organization, Reach Out Worldwide, to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The event was held at the racing shop Always Evolving Performance Motors, where Rodas was chief executive.

Afterward, Walker and Rodas decided to go for a drive.

Investigators are still determining the cause of the crash and whether there was a possible mechanical failure that caused Rodas to lose control. Sheriff’s officials said speed was a factor, but there was no evidence the pair were involved in a street race. The results of toxicology tests are not expected for several weeks.

Unmatched

No two athletes have met in as many matches or world championships as Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Over the course of 16 years, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova faced each other over tennis nets around the world 80 times. From 1975 through 1986, they not only dominated women’s tennis, they were women’s tennis. Eighty matches later, we are able to see how two fierce competitors who provided fans with some of the most memorable moments in the history of tennis could simultaneously forge such a strong and lasting friendship, bonding them to this day. “Unmatched” tells the story about the rivalry between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, a rivalry that drove worldwide interest in women’s tennis to one of its greatest peaks.

Director and Producer Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters have had a history of experience and background before picking up this installment of ESPN’s 30 for 30. After twelve years of producing and directing for NBC Sports and the Olympics, director and producer Lisa Lax is one of the most respected production talents in the business. Nancy Stern Winters has a vast expertise in producing live events, network television specials and scripted dramas. Her credits are notable for their variety, quantity and quality in sports, entertainment and news.

Unlike the other installments of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Lax and Winters had their own idea and approach when they went about this film; to capture the story from a first hand account rather than having a narrator tell the story. The film follows a dramatic arc, and although the history of events are in chronological order, there are cuts to present day scenes and interviews between the past scenes and events. If you think about it, this editing style can possibly confuse audience members but the editors were smart for choosing it because it worked. It didn’t confuse me, it made me more engaged and want to keep watching. Have you ever watching something and have questions during a scene or after a scene. What I really like about this type of edit is that every time there’s a past scene, they would follow up with a present day interview or scene or both, so the audience had no questions and weren’t left to wonder or guess at the end of the film.

As an audience member, it does certainly give me a different perspective of viewing and appreciating the film. I felt more connected to Evert and Navratilova’s story because the filmmakers made it interesting. The best moments in the film were the scenes were the two friends talked about their memories and brought up opinions and feelings that they had towards one another (then and now). It’s almost like you can feel their energy and excitement through the screen; it’s the first time they’ve spoke about the rivalry and some new feelings and opinions were expressed- it feels like I was reliving the experience with them. This film’s editing style is different from the other ESPN 30 for 30 installments for the simple fact that the story is told through the athletes’ eyes. Their story was pure but intimidating. It made me understand and appreciate the intense rivalry on a professional level and their enduring friendship on a personal level.

My Brother John

My brother, John Xiao is currently a junior at McNair Academic High School, which is ranked the second best high school in New Jersey. In order to attend this high school, you have to take the PSATs your eight grade year and an entrance exam.

The school enforces a business type dress code for both students and teachers where boys are required to wear slacks, button down shirts and a tie for the entire school year. A few students even start to take courses at a university rather than a regular high school course starting their junior year.

My brother is extremely dedicated to his school work and has been prepping for the SATs since his freshman year of High School. The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for most college admissions in the United States. The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college.

He recently attended the open house for Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey and he is taking his SATs this year to earn an early admission to Princeton and skip his senior year of high school.

Besides from being an honor student since the 1st grade, John is on his school’s track and cross country team, and plays basketball at the YMCA every weekend. People think my brother is this genius and although he is, he is just as regular as everyone else. He plays video games, hangs out with friends, and watches a lot of t.v.

The conflict he faces is making our parents proud but also wanting to do things his way. You would think his future goals include attending an ivy league school, acing his MCAT, going to medical school, and hopefully becoming a surgeon because thats all my parents talk about. But what john really wants to do is finish his senior year of high school, attend his prom, and graduate with the rest of his friends.

28 year old Christopher Liddell recently choreographed, danced in and filmed the music video for “Everyone’s A Hooker.” by the amazing Platinum and Grammy nominated Singer/Writer/Producer Larry Dvoskin. Chris also choreographed the pop video for Sean Avolio’s, “All Up In My Candy.” He is the artistic director of “Le Troupe Liddell!” A Dance Company for Stage and Film. Their work has been seen at the Working Leg Productions, Steps on Broadway, various benefits and most recently NY Jazz Choreography Project at the Alvin Ailey Studios receiving rave reviews! Currently Christopher is working on an exciting new evening length ballet with author Thomas Shane for Broadway. He is also developing a new stage experience with Nija Okoro, a Juilliard Drama grad, which will include innovative uses of several mediums in new combinations!

As a young dancer Christopher began performing in regional theatre throughout Southern California being featured in shows such as 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, The Rocky Horror Show, etc. After moving to New York City, Chris has been fortunate enough to be involved in many exciting artistic endeavors. He was a 2nd tenor in the inaugural season of the New York City Master Chorale opening at Lincoln Center with a Philharmonic orchestra. He then joined the dance company, NYC’s Dance Makers, founded by former members of American Dance Machine. Later, Chris was seen as a principal dancer in Jay T. Jenkins’ “Dance, Music, Sex, and Romance: A Jazz Ballet” with a score by Prince.

Working with award-winning Broadway choreographer Matt Williams, he served as Associate Choreographer on his New York Musical Theatre Festival show, “Ward 9”. The show enjoyed sold out performances and the award for “Excellence in Choreography” from New York Musical Theater Festival’s awards committee.

As a teacher he is thrilled to say that he teaches everyone from dancers currently on Broadway, to those learning first-position for the first time! He is a Theatre Dance/Jazz teacher at world famous STEPS on Broadway and Harkness Dance Center. He is also full-time Ballet instructor at Jersey City Dance Academy and Theatre Dance and Tap guest teaching artist at the Steffi Nossen School, Susan Jaffe’s Princeton Dance Theatre, and DanceMolinari along with private lessons.

CBS Houston

HOUSTON  (AP)   Kevin Durant scored 30 points, MVP Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists, and the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star game.

Blake Griffin finished with 19 points and Kobe Bryant blocked LeBron James twice in the final minutes, joining Paul to turn the West’s victory into something of an L.A. story.

James scored 19 points but shot only 7 of 18 after having no shooting troubles during the latter part of the season’s first half. Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

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