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America’s Youth & Technology : is it a Problem Yet?

 

Recently I was doing something pretty common among teenage girls: babysitting. I was expecting to play fun games with a lively two year old, but instead I spent my time babysitting a two year old boy whose first word was “Apple.” While at first I thought perhaps the boy wanted a healthy snack, his mom quickly informed me that he was actually asking for his iPad. Yup, this two year old has an iPad! For the next few hours he tapped the screen to watch different videos, play games, and do other things. After I picked my jaw up from the ground upon hearing that this little boy has his own iPad, I started to think about how technology plays a role in my life. Perhaps subconsciously, I do always want the next new thing. When the new iPad came out, I had to have it. When the iPhone 5 came out, I pre-orded it as soon as humanly possible. I have never considered myself “obsessed” with technology until I decided to do a little test: how long can I go without using my phone? The first hour or so was fine.. but as hour two came to a close I felt the panic set it. I couldn’t stop wondering who had texted me, what was new on Twitter, if anyone had Facebook chatted me, etc. Let’s just say I did not make it into hour three of not having a phone, and that’s being generous. This made me really start to think about how addicted to technology we all are. If you take a step back and look at all the teenagers you see throughout the day, chances are the majority of them are on a cell phone. Is this a problem? Well, yes and no. It seems that as kids get more and more sucked into technology they are losing their ability to communicate face to face. Even just calling someone on the phone can seem like a tedious task when you can just text. I have to wonder what the future of technology looks like and how much human interaction will be lost over the next decade or so as a result. I am all for the use of technology in school- there is no disputing that it can help make great strides in education. Laptops, SmartBoards, and iPad integration within classrooms has definitely helped benefit my learning process, but being glued to my cellphone most definitely has not. My parents have started enforcing “cell-phone free time” at my house where we have to turn in our cell phones and spend time together or do something active. I have found this to be really helpful. Even just a little bit of time a part from technology can make a huge difference and help us to avoid being a nation completely overrun by technology in the future! Image

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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Default

 

TSA: Your best friend or worst enemy?

Whenever I am traveling it always seems the step I dread most is waiting in line for security. Dealing with TSA never proves to me easy, whether it be simply waiting in the line for an hour or having to deal with everyone’s favorite activity: the pat-down. I am guilty of course of getting frustrated with TSA simply because it is an inconvenience.

It seems these days they are always getting slammed for something new in the news, but are we perhaps forgetting that it is their job to protect us? In a post 9/11 world it is no secret that security measures everywhere have been beefed up. I have to wonder if people would mind TSA less if airport security was done through private security companies. Would that make the problem better or worse? Is that even a possibility? I read recently that over half of Americans actually do feel TSA is doing an excellent job. The majority of people also seem to think that the screening procedures currently being used by TSA are reasonable and effective. This leaves me wondering why there is NEVER any good press for TSA. TSA is actually more popular in American than Congress. My age group, younger fliers, actually love and support TSA the most, yet we also complain the most simply because we live in a time where the speed of light isn’t fast enough for us. Gallup says it all folks- we actually approve of TSA! Yet when you are waiting in line to go through security at the airport people roll their eyes, impatiently tap their feet, make rude remarks, and so on. If you are one of the people who is pulled a side for a pat-down, you may act like your world is ending.

In the news we only catch stories of TSA ruining someone’s day and never seem to here the stories of TSA doing things that really help protect us. At the end of the day, the main goal of TSA is to protect us as we venture out into our travels. If the media would start to share more positive stories about TSA and we as citizens started to gain a little more patience perhaps our approval of TSA would grow even more. After all, they are only doing their job (which is to protect us and our country) when they hold you up a little bit next time you are heading on vacation. Image

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Default

 

Why All the GOP Hate?

With the 2012 Presidential Election looming over the next couple weeks, discussion of the candidates at my school has been pretty heavy recently. For the most part my school leans pretty far to the left, which is not particularly surprising with kids my age. A factor the creates an even bigger rift in opinions is that I attend an all-girl school. So naturally women’s issues come up extremely often. As someone who is incredibly interested in politics I love hearing the perspective of my fellow classmates not only as the future of America but more specifically as young women. In contrast with my left leaning classmates, I am as conservative as they come. People often ask me how I feel about being a female supporter of the GOP because of their controversial stance on women’s issues. It oftentimes will come down to an argument on whether or not I respect the progress that women have made throughout history. This is simply untrue. When it comes to the 2012 race and Mitt Romney, my choice is pretty clear for a lot of reasons.


We all know that women have not always possessed a political voice throughout US history. With the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, this all changed. I am extremely grateful for the strong and dedicated women who crusaded for us to gain this right. So how do my ties to the GOP relate to this? Well, the Republican party stood by women and pushed through our right to vote. At the time this issue was being contested, the Democratic party did not exactly support the idea. From the beginning the Republican party has helped to involve women in politics.


A large debate that often comes up at school is Romney’s point of view regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Well, this is no doubt an extremely controversial issue for women. I have been presented with every argument in the book from “you clearly hate women” to “Mitt Romney hates women” and the fact of the matter is that both these things are simply untrue. It is very difficult to be a socially conservative young woman especially when it comes to the issue of abortion. My pro-life stance is attacked time and time again and is something I have grown accustomed to dealing with. I think that society is pretty unfriendly to young women like myself who take controversial stances such as being pro-life. The argument against conservatives tends to be that we are out of touch with reality. Well, this may be true to a certain extent.


The people I go to when I am struggling with people attacking my political standpoints are my parents. My parents are polar opposite, my mother a relatively strong liberal and my father an extremely strong conservative. I don’t know how they do it, but after 23 years of marriage the difference in political point of views still doesn’t seem to get to them. My parents both maintain that my siblings and I should explore our own political point of views which is something I have done over the past few years. I am pretty firm in my points of view at this point, but it gets hard fielding constant attacks. I am starting to stray a bit from where I initially started this blog, but its blogging so I think that’s allowed! Like most people, I do not appreciate being told I am heartless because of my conservative standpoint. My parents both always tell me not to let it get to me, but that is difficult. I have to wonder if there is a way to be a member of the GOP at any age and of any gender that doesn’t involve being attacked on issues of wealth and greed. Like I said, this is a tangent from my initial topic specifically regarding women in the GOP, but I think it is all relevant.

Trying to zone back in, I think it is important to really look at how the GOP is in fact extremely friendly to women. Women’s issues extend further than just social issues. When it comes to creating jobs and giving opportunities to women to succeed, the President Obama isn’t getting us there. I believe that Mitt Romney is the man who is going to create the jobs and help women maintain our strength in society. My social standpoints, such as being pro-life, will always be contested. The idea that the republican party is made up of wealthy people who don’t care about the people who fall below them economically is probably going to continue to be a misconception within our society. What Romney can do that Obama hasn’t done is at the very least give women more opportunities for jobs and chances to prosper.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Default

 

The First Debate- Hit or Miss?

Luckily for me, my very first post on our class blog happens to be due on the night of the very first Presidential Debate. I chose to hold off on writing this post primarily because I thought this would make for a great topic.

My initial thoughts about the debate took me by surprise. What we got from President Obama and Mitt Romney was very different from what I anticipated. The very first thing I noticed was the dynamic between the two. For the majority of the evening it felt as though Romney was on the offensive, forcing Obama to constantly be playing defense. In my opinion this really gave Romney the upper hand.

What I was looking for was a serious blunder from one of the sides… something that I could really sink my teeth into. However, neither candidate presented me with anything that I could really dig in to. I found that overall Romney appeared to be more present than Obama. Normally when I think of Obama in any type of speaking engagement I foresee a lot of positive energy and inspiration. One of his talents is captivating audiences and getting people to really rally around the way he delivers his opinions. Tonight, I just didn’t get that. Romney seemed virtually unscathed by every comment made questioning him all night and came back with sharp an eloquent responses. I was anticipating Romney to be a little more flustered in the first debate.

There was a certain lack of fluidity when Obama attempted to detail his own policies throughout the debate. Could it just have been an off night for Obama or his he truly feeling the pressure from Romney? Obama did not take any true shots at Romney even when provided with perfect opportunities to do so. I was extremely surprised that Obama never called into question Romney’s comments regarding “47%” that has received extensive media attention recently.

I tried to pay close attention to body language throughout because actions do tend to speak louder than words. While Obama was making his points, Romney seemed to possess a grin that indicated he had the perfect rebuttal in mind and he was ready to use it. On the other hand, when Romney was speaking Obama seemed either distracted or disinterested. His facial expressions spoke to me in a way that said, “Can you believe this guy?!”

Overall, I think it is safe to say that President Obama and Gov. Romney agreed on essentially nothing… which of course is not all that surprising. At times I found things feeling slightly petty, such as when Romney retorted that “virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate.” As expected, Romney’s primary goal for the evening was to essentially make the debate a referendum of the past four years of Obama’s presidency. On the other side of that, Obama tried to convince voters that his plan for the next four years is superior to that of his opponents.

I look forward to future debates, and I expect them to be much closer in the future. In my opinion, tonight’s debate goes to Romney. He dominated the majority of the date and it was extremely apparent that his prep work paid off. I expect Obama to possess much more of his usual spirit in the next debate which will pose a much larger challenge for Romney and his occasional stiffness. I look forward to seeing what both candidates bring to the table in the next debate.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Elections & Campaigns

 

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