Social Media: Good or Evil?

By Roha Khan

Like everything else, social media has its pros and cons and sometimes it can get a little difficult to decide whether it’s good, or bad.  First and foremost, social media lets people connect with others. People you work or go to school with, friends, family as well as the rest of planet Earth. It can let you know what’s going on in your neighborhood or at the other end of the world. You can use social media to get up to date on the latest and even use it for your hobbies and other daily activities. Almost everyone who uses an internet connected device uses social media; whether it be on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Google+, Pinterest, or another venue.

Facebook alone, has 1,790,000,000 monthly estimated users. These aren’t just people who’ve signed up for an account, but people who faithfully use it. It’s obvious that these numbers will continue to rise in the future but in some ways that may not be such a good thing.

As much social media helps you connect with the world, it also draws you away from it too, and sometimes you don’t even realize it. When interacting with people right in front of you there’s always a chance for things to get awkward and everyone can get nervous at times. But that’s what makes it real and for so many people, is that social media becomes the “easy way out.”  In the 21st century, more than ever, you’ll see someone chatting away on their phone while completely ignoring the person sitting right next to them. Sadly this often happens unconsciously, but for other’s, it’s more intentional. For some, social media might simply be enough, the only world they know and the only one they want to know. I mean, you get the latest info, hear the latest gossip, make the greatest friends, but let’s be honest, it’s just as likely, if not more, for you to meet your future BFF as it is to meet the next greatest con artist.

With a quick Google search, you’ll probably find hundreds of more opinions and facts about social media, yet the question remains, “Where does social media stand?” Well, in my opinion, one side is sticking in the Dark side and the other, in the Light and, surprise, surprise, what side you encounter, depends on you. With social media, the more you know about the dangers, the more you’re careful about them, the safer you are. Now I’m not saying you should start hunting for book titled a hundred ways to detect a con artist or something, but neither should you go out and meet up with someone who contacted you through Snapchat, and claims to be the same age, and happens to go to the same school, or loves the same mall, happens to live on the same city. Be cautious and always remember, just because you can’t see anyone, doesn’t mean they’re not there. Private info is private for a reason.

My final piece advice to everyone, have confidence but know your limits, and when you’re not sure about something, follow the little guy in your head!

Meet Mrs. DeWolfe – Our Principal! 

DeWolfeI live in Portland with my husband, our two boys and dog Walter. I was born in Prineville, OR and have two sisters. Growing up we always had a lot of family around – Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My grandfather was super amazing. He taught me about rocks, fossils, constellations and the outdoors. I loved learning about the world around me which is why I always wanted to be a scientist. I studied Biology and Visual Arts in college. My first job out of college was working at a cookie factory. It was fun and smelled really good… except in the lab where I worked doing microbe testing on the cookie dough. After a few years there I decided to get my teaching degree. I started out teaching middle school science in Gresham. Five years ago I started teaching online and made the change to being a principal this year. I really like my new job and I love working at ORVA.

Other random facts: I love baseball (Go Giants!! Seriously… it can’t get much worse than last season). I worked at a coffee shop in college which started my coffee mania. I traveled Europe with a choir in high school (I worked at a movie theater and saved everything I could to go on that trip). I have boxes and boxes of fossils and rocks. I am looking forward to painting over Winter Break.

   -Mrs. DeWolfe

Hello and welcome to school after that wonderful weekend, April 16th! Today is

-National Orchid Day

-National Eggs Benedict Day

-National Healthcare Decisions Day

-National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day

Also, today

the US post office issues its first books of stamps in 1900

Make sure to smell the flowers, eat a eggs benedict, talk about healthcare, while wearing your pajamas.

Thank you for spending your time reading this, and I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Hello and welcome to April 2nd! Today is

-National Ferret day

-National Peanut Butter and Jelly day

-National Reconciliation Day.

-in 1902, the first ever full time movie theater opened, called the “Electric Theatre” in Los Angeles

-19 years after that, in 1921, Albert Einstein lectures his new “Theory of Relativity”.

-Alec Guinness’s birthday. Don’t know him? He was the actor that played Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Make sure to adore your ferret, eat a PB&J sandwich while making nice with your family, friends or enemies.

Thank you for spending your time reading this, and I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

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