The Briefcase, Showcasing Couples Deciding Wether to Remain Poor and Help Another Family or To Become Rich and Leave Another Family In Poverty

Have you heard of the new CBS show The Briefcase yet? If you have, have you decided wether you find it sickening or intriguing? Entertaining or savage? I found myself contemplating these questions when I first saw the show. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77lUAy8vwTo[/youtube] The show is about two families who are struggling financially. The families are each given a briefcase with $101,000. They are led to think that this is all their money until the producers explain the responsibilities that go with the briefcase. The families are told that they can keep the money for themselves, give all of it away to another family in need or keep some and give some. The two families are unaware that the other family was given money as well to make the same choice.

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Is the money worth the stress?

An article I read on the Huffington Post website called this show “poverty porn”. When I heard about the show it kind of reminded me of the Hunger Games. The Briefcase is showcasing these people who are in need and struggling to make ends meet and CBS is making a game of it. If wondering how you’re going to live day by day isn’t enough for these families then they’re thrown into making the decision of being selfish and keeping money for themselves to help their families or to be generous and help another family in need. The show makes people question themselves and their morals on top of their financial struggles. I don’t think that is fair. If the company has so much money to give away then why must they make a show in order to give that money away? Why cant they just give it away to the people who are in need? Entertainment.

I have not seen an article that is in favor of the show but CBS still plans to continue airing it. They are holding to the fact that they are working on showing ‘what matters most’, in hopes that the families will be more giving. In an article on Vigilante Citizen they made a great point:

“The show is however not about addressing the cause of this problem or to attempting to fix any of it. It is about dangling money in the faces of people in need and making them beg and cry for it. While this is happening, the producer of the show is in the background whispering : “Yes, yes, cry for that money. I want a closeup of these tears. Yes, now become angry and confused. That’s good TV. Nice. Explain how you’re worried about your debts and the future of your family. Yes, more tears! That’s the money shot!”” 

I couldn’t have said it better myself. I feel sorry for the individuals on the show because they do make some selfish comments and it makes them look like horrible people. This is a decision that should be made between a family, not a family and for the rest of the whole world to see.

In Gendered Lives by Julia T. Wood I read about gender-based misinterpretations in communication, but I specifically looked at the point of the story misunderstanding, because of the show. Basically what the point of the story refers to is that men prefer to have conversation that follows a linear pattern and has a clear point to the the story. Women prefer to analyze every possible detail of the situation or story. This is was a common pattern when watching the show. In the first episode, the families each had working women and stay at home dads. I noticed that both of the fathers in the families wanted to give the money away because they didn’t want to be selfish and they felt that the other families needed it more.

Woman on the first episode of The Briefcase

Woman on the first episode of The Briefcase

Upon their wives discovering this the women were not happy. The women were pulling out their bills and going over their debts with their husbands to try and convince them to keep more money. Focusing on every detail while trying to convince their husbands. This caused a lot of tension between the couples because the men did not care about the details. They cared about setting a good example and doing the right thing. Until their wives guilted them with the fact that they are working overtime and need a break and that their husbands should care about their family and not someone else’s. (It got kind of ugly) Upon the women finding out more details about the other families they both agreed with their husbands and they each gave all of their money away.

I think that in the first episode it worked out well for the two families because they broke even. I talked to a friend about the second show and the families did not break even. One family received $120,000 and the other received $80,000 It is still a lot of money but I don’t think it is worth the stress and possible public humiliation. I found it interesting that the mothers were more selfish when it came to keeping the money for their families and they men were more sympathetic towards the other families. It seemed to me that men were sticking with pride and women were sticking with their families which is something we have also covered in Gender Communication. I think the show can be a good example for how men and women communicate differently and how they handle the situation at hand while comparing them with gender norms. I do not plan to watch the show because I don’t believe it is right, even if the families do break even.

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Is Essentialization and Polarized Thinking The Reason We Think We Need To Be Like Everyone Else of Our Sex or Gender?

Do I look normal? Okay? Ugly? Pretty? This is a question people ask themselves on a daily basis and more and more as time goes on. We live in a society where stereotyping is habit and can sometimes consume our thoughts. Media has a way of showcasing beautiful people in all different ways. Are the beautiful people affecting individuals identity? I think we compare ourselves to the stereotypes for each sex and gender. 

This summer I have been nannying for a little boy at the age of 7. I take him to his swim practice every evening and the other night I heard something disturbing from some of the other kids. I looked over at two young girls, around the age of 9, who were grabbing their bellies. They were trying to determine who had a fatter tummy and whoever did had to swim 4 laps in the pool. This concerned me because 9 year olds are already concerned about their weight. I thought weight wasn’t a huge concern until high school or college.  I looked over at one of the little girls mom who noticed my discomfort with what I heard her daughter say she said “She’s been doing ever since she’s started watching more TV. Disney Channel stars are smaller than they were.”

After hearing this, I remembered the issue that Disney had in 2011 with one of the actresses saying in the show, “I could just eat you up, well, if I ate.” One of Disney’s former stars, Demi Lovato, was outraged at this comment that was making light of eating disorders due to the fact she needed to quit acting because of her own eating disorder. She announced, “And is it just me or are the actress’ getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE. EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.” 

After doing some research I found that a psychotherapist, Dr. Jenn Berman, said “They need to put girls and boys who have all different types of bodies and sizes and shapes in their shows and be very sensitive when talking about eating disorders to not make jokes about restricting and disorders.” I find it concerning in general that we compare ourselves and do not feel attractive because of stars in the media. I found during my research that 91 percent of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. That’s a frightening number. Imagine what the number will be when models get even thinner.

Essentializing is the tendency to reduce something or someone to certain characteristics that we assume are essential to its nature and present in every member of a category. We first decide if we are similar to a person in any way possible, such as gender, race or religion. Then we essentialize to asses our qualities compared to the qualities of other individuals. When I think of essentializing I immediately think of comparing my attributes to others. Since our society essentializes everything I now understand why the little girls thought poorly of themselves. They thought that just because they weren’t ‘skinny enough’ that they wouldnt be considered girly. Due to essentializing there are basic characteristics for males and females that are seen as normal and everything else is seen as incorrect. Because of essentializing and gendered norms male and females are just seen as stereotypes basically.

This week in our readings we read about polarized thinking in chapter 5 and it made me think back to essentializing. According to the textbook, polarized thinking is conceiving of things as absolute opposites. For

Hilary Duff (Lizzie Mcguire) and Raven Symone (Raven Baxter)

instance, some people only look at someone and think their fat or skinny. There is rarely an in between. I think if there was less polarized thinking then people wouldn’t be so concerned about their appearance. You’re either pretty or ugly, girly or a tomboy. The pressure from polarized thinking was what Demi Lovato is referring to when she says  she misses Lizzie McGuire and Raven. They were two totally different women but no one was looking at them labeling them fat or skinny and basing their opinions of a show based on their weight.

Referring back to what Dr. Jenn Berman said, I think that companies should be realizing that younger kids look up to the characters in shows. Not only the way they act but how they look physically. A child cannot go anywhere without seeing a skinny model in the store, a movie or even women on the streets. Society has formed this notion that being skinny is normal. I think that because of essentialization and polarized thinking, media should be using their power to make people feel comfortable in their own skin even if it is not typical of what a stereotype says a man or woman should be.

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A Look At Who I Am

Hello! My name is Rebecca Shearer, but most people call me Becky or Becks. I am a rising senior at Longwood University. I am a communication studies major with a photography minor. When I am at school I am on the Relay for Life Executive Committee. This past year I was Team Retention and Mentoring Chair and this fall I will be the Sponsorship Chair. This summer I am excited to be interning at Frying Pan Farm Park as their Marketing Intern.

Frying Pan Farm Park

Frying Pan Farm Park

This past semester in my color photography class we worked with many different types of people. We were required to collaborate for each assignment we were given. The class taught me that sometimes when working with people you will run into difficulties with communication but you have to work hard to overcome these issues in order to create a successful end result. When I was working with the Relay for Life committee I was in charge of reminding individuals when deadlines and events were. As I was working on this I was able to to determine what the best way to communicate with college students was in order to get a positive result. I discovered that by using Facebook I was able to reach people in a convenient way on a outlet that they often check. The majority of the time people responded and were able to attend the events.

My sister and I were born 18 years apart so we grew up in very different times. She was a cheerleader, on the dance team, on prom court and was always very into makeup. I on the other hand was slightly different. Growing up horseback riding, I experienced the outdoors more than my sister had. That is where I preferred to spend my time. My mom and sister always found this to be very strange. It wasn’t that I was more masculine or a tom boy but I just rather go out and be active. I find it interesting to hear about how the gender norms vary from culture to culture. The classes that I have taken within communications here at Longwood have actually made me more interested in what is normal and what is not, especially within the work place.

 

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Anti Rape Campaigns More Harmful Than Good?

Warning: Sensitive subjects will be discussed in this blog post. The contents of this blog are not intended to insult anyone.

A few months ago there was an ad in a magazine that someone had posted on twitter that really caught my eye. It was an Anti-Rape ad made in South Africa by POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) with two of the pages glued together and you’re had to pull apart. Upon pulling the pages apart you see a woman’s open legs with the quote “If you have to use force, it’s rape.” Immensely powerful ad in my opinion.

If you have to use force, its rape

This ad has gotten a flood of attention on social media sites that I am on, specifically Facebook and Twitter. People would comment saying “incredible way of getting the point across.” “their publicity team should win an award!” among many other praises on the powerful ad. At first I thought the same thing as the fans of the ad on social media.

I researched the ad and found many people who did not like the ad. Many of these people were victims of rape. A lot of these individuals said that this ad really triggered them and reminded them of their bad experiences. They found the ad offensive, vulgar and suggestive. I found it interesting that people who were not victims found this ad to be an incredible advertising campaign and victims thought the opposite. I think this shows that our society needs to pay more attention to the people who suffered through rape rather than just look for the most effective way of advertising.

One article I found from a rape victim states “It is absolutely essential for anti-rape programs to address perpetrators but they cannot use sexually suggestive images as above.” Which I completely agree. Now knowing how people who have been affected by rape feel about the ad, I’m not sure if I like it anymore.

One of the best definitions I have found for rape was from the same article mentioned above; “Rape does not require physical force. Rape is the absence of consent and this includes coercion, emotional blackmail and a victim incapable of consent due to inebriation, sleep or specific vulnerabilities. The idea that rape requires force is a very dangerous myth. It makes it harder for victims to report.”

I think that it is very unfortunate that people usually only define rape as something involving physical force where many times it can be emotional force. For instance, my friend Sally* was a virgin and planned to stay abstinent until marriage. Her high school boyfriend Jack* wanted to have sex with her and said that she needed to have sex with him to prove she loved him. She realized that she didn’t want to be with someone who pressured her and guilt her emotionally into having sex. In that case it could’ve been considered rape.

In reading round 5 we covered an article called Confessions of a Date Rapist. The man in the article would seduce women and knew he was pressuring women to have sex with him but what he didn’t realize was that it is considered rape. He had one sexual encounter with a woman and realized afterwards that what he was doing was wrong and that he was not entitled to have sex with women if he gave them a few moments of his time. I hope that there will come a day when people understand what rape is and don’t take advantage of those who’s mental state is questionable.

In a past gender class we were split up into groups and I was in the group that covered how to talk to rape victims and how to help them through recovering emotionally. I think that if the publicists of POWA had taken those fact into further account they could’ve made a really effective ad for everyone without it offending people.

“Fine”, is not fine.

In a Students Nova Scotia ad I think they were able to effectively get the message across without being offensive in the ad here. Please click on the ad to see the full message. In the Huffington Post article discussing this ad they state “Students Nova Scotia, a coalition of students from colleges around the province, has released a series of posters urging coeds in the province to use “enthusiastic consent” as the green light for when the moment is right.”

I am glad that people spoke up when The POWA ad was considered offensive so our society can grow and learn how to better create awareness for the public. I think that Students Nova Scotia has done a wonderful job of creating an ad campaign that does just that. it bring people in close to view the poster and will bring awareness to those who really do not know the true definition of rape.

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Was When I Learned Communication Best

Hello! My name is Rebecca Shearer, but most people refer to me as Becky or Becks. I am a junior Communication Studies major with a minor in Photography here at Longwood. I am from a town in Northern Virginia called Centreville. I am on the committee for Relay for Life. I have been horseback riding since I was in the 3rd grade but unfortunately I haven’t been doing it as much since I came to college. I aspire to be an event planner who takes photos for the event. I am still working on deciding which events I would enjoy planning most.

I’ve worked in summer camps for 4 summers of my life and I have discovered that it gave me a lot of lessons in communicating. People may disagree when I say that because I worked with a bunch of kids but it was much more. As someone who was a counselor for 3 years at one camp and 1 at another, I experienced various levels of authority and job tasks which each had their own communication opportunities. As a counselor in training I mainly dealt with the counselors above me and the director of the camp. I learned to communicate with each efficiently even when I did not want to complete the task being asked of me. As a junior staff member I was in charge of specific groups of children.

My senior year of high school with two of the campers that were in m group.

My senior year of high school with two of the campers that were in m group.

I was able to learn how to effectively communicate with each age group of kids. Along with being a junior staff member I was expected to be professional when I was asked to give tours to families or answer phone calls. That job gave me the skills for the other summer I camp I worked at. The most recent camp I worked at, located at The Madeira School, was much more professional. Upon arriving at my job orientation I was informed we were basically rebuilding the curriculum of the camp. I had the most experience with summer camps and my co-workers had the most experience at the school that it was being held at. We worked together to plan a camp that has now been over booked and wait-listed more than it ever had before. An accomplishment that I am still very proud of.

My sister and I were born 18 years apart so we grew up in very different times. She was a cheerleader, on the dance team, on prom court and was always very into makeup. I on the other hand was slightly different. Growing up horseback riding, I experienced the outdoors more than my sister had. That is where I preferred to spend my time. My mom and sister always found this to be very strange. It wasn’t that I was more masculine or a tom boy but I just rather go out and be active. I find it interesting to hear about how the gender norms vary from culture to culture. The classes that I have taken within communications here at Longwood have actually made me more interested in what is normal and what is not, especially within the work place.

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Gender in The Workplace

When I was in high school the only jobs I had were working at summer camps. I worked at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA at a summer camp called Summer’s Here Day Camp for 3 years. I attended the camp for 7 years as a camper and I had noticed a difference in the way that the counselors were treated based on their gender. Working at the camp the difference in treatment based on gender were more prevalent.

As a woman, common tasks I was given would be to take a camper to the nurse, clean up after an activity, fill water cups, help with arts and crafts, apply sunscreen and make the meals for overnights. The tasks that the men were commonly asked to do included leading a group through an adventure course, playing games with the campers, going on field trips, driving the busses or golf carts, creating new games and telling ghost stories. All of these tasks are required to have a successful camp but I thought the division of tasks was somewhat unfair. I understand that females are more dainty and are more nurturing but I would’ve liked to play more games, go on more trips and partake in more exciting activities.

Another observation I made was that the women I worked with were usually assigned a younger group of campers and the men were assigned the older campers. Usually the younger campers were harder to handle and did less activities so occasionally I found myself annoyed that the men were able to do more exciting games with their campers. I eventually spoke up and was assigned the older groups and I became happier with my job because I was no longer limited to what they had expected that I wanted just because I am a woman.

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The Question We’ve Been Asked Since We Were 5.

Ever Changing Career Goals

We have been asked the same question over and over again since we were in preschool. What do we want to be when we grow up? I started off wanting to be like my sister and pursuing a career as a flight attendant. This may have been because I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. When I finally decided that wasn’t for me I thought I wanted to be a vet, then a photographer, then an athletic trainer and finally my last ambition was to be a photography teacher.

My Ah-Ha Moment

Now that we are in college I believe that this is where the question ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ is more relevant for our age group. It has gone from ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ to ‘What do you want to be when you graduate?’. We are officially growing up. My sophomore year at Longwood was all about figuring out what I want to do with my life after college. I realized that I found a lot of joy when I was planning things and when plans went smoothly. Which is where my idea for becoming an event planner came from. I shared my idea with my aunt and she was the woman who inspired and encouraged me to pursue a major in Communication Studies.  To this day, even after she had passed away, there were constant signs that it was a career that would be fitting for me.

Combining Dreams and Passions

Upon deciding what I wanted to major in I still felt a strong pull towards photography. Luckily I can incorporate my dream of event planning and my passion for photography very easily. The way I see it is that I will be helping people bring their dreams come to life by planning the event that they want and being able there to capture their happiness and memories from the event with photography. I knew this was the career path for me during the summer between my sophomore and junior year because of two online classes I took. These classes made me excited for the upcoming semester of classes and that is something I have never felt before. I want to be happy with my job and enjoy going to work. I think that if I can enjoy my classes that I can have a passion for my career.

Friendship vs. Intimate vs. Media

 

The Somewhat Silent Killer…of Relationships

We may not realize it but, as a society, we are consumed with social media and technology for the majority of our day. Friend is running late? Check social media and texts. Walking to class? Check social media and texts. Silence in the car? Check social media and texts. Out to dinner with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Check social media and texts. You get my point. We always have to know what is going on with our phones and I believe that it takes away from  our personal relationships. Even though we may still be listening when someone is talking, our brain is still somewhere else in the world of social media. Social media is able to create drama with any type of relationship because of what we post, what we like or favorite and sometimes who’s pictures we like or favorite. I find it interesting that something on a screen can wreck the strongest of bonds between two people just because of something we clicked.

It’s Only A Device. Right?

How many people do you know that don’t own a smart phone?  I know that I don’t know many. I know that the first thing I do when I wake up is check my phone for texts, or lack of.  According to eMarketer, more than 1.75 billion people will have smartphones by 2014. Also, according to Media Bistro, 79% of smartphone users have their phone on or near them for all but two hours of their waking day. That’s a lot of time to be attached to your phone. We aren’t even with people for that many hours of the day. It cannot be healthy that the one thing we have the most contact with through our days is a piece of technology. In an article from Huntington Post they stated, ‘Technology is only as healthy as our use of it. We can deepen our connections online, learning from, and even loving, people who live half a world away, or we can use social networking to withdraw and hide, seeking shelter from potential judgment and rejection, foreclosing the possibility of true intimacy.” I agree with this statement more than I can explain. It’s a fear of mine that we will be closer to our phones than our own friends. 

What Will They Think if I Post This?

Most people care about what others think of them but I think it is taken to a whole new level with social media.  Reflected appraisal is our comprehension of how others view us. During the day we never know how many people will see the pimple on our fave or the fabulous outfit we may have bought. When we post on social media we know that all of our friends or followers will be seeing what ever we post so we take careful consideration on what photos or posts that people see. Since someone can just glance at you on the street but look at our photos as many times as we want, we use reflected appraisal to think about what others will think about our posts. In an article from CBC News they state that “The whole idea behind intimacy is self-disclosure. Now they’re doing self-disclosure to an audience of hundreds.” Meaning that they are less secrets that people have because they post everything. From the many “Should I post this?” conversations i’ve heard, many times a girl will make sure that she looks prettier than her friend(s) that are in the picture with her. Then people in a relationship want to make sure that they both look as good as possible. In a study conducted by Manchester Metropolitan University they concluded that ‘The limitations for self-representation within face-to-face conversations appear to be alleviated by the use of online social media sites.” This study shows that we feel that it is easier to express ourselves to people through social media but I believe that it is because we are hiding behind screens. We won’t be there when people first read what we have to say so we don’t have to worry as much about what we say.

Laugh Out Loud. Laughing My A$$ Off. Rolling On Floor Laughing. 

LOL. LMAO. ROFL. All fairly familiar phrases used when texting. I believe the benefit of in person communication is the fact you get to experience all the paralanguage and kinesics of communication. Paralanguage and kinesics are aids in effective communication that does not involve words. For instance hand gestures, facial expressions, body language and laughter. By using texting so often we almost get rid of nonverbal communication. The majority of the time that I text someone LOL is when i have a straight face but I insert it to lighten a mood. You all probably do it too without realizing. In a New York Times article titled ‘Antisocial Networking?‘ they stated “Laughs were typed ha ha’s. “O.K.” was just “K” and “See you” was rendered as “c ya.”” I would personally rather see how someone reacts to my jokes rather than typing how many ‘haha’s’ they think is appropriate. Because of the missing aspect of nonverbal communication in texting, many things can be misunderstood and can be taken the wrong way. I have known many couples that get into arguments because someone misread a text. Sometimes a tone of a text can be misunderstood because a ‘haha’ or an emoji is left out. In this case it can confuse someone and put them in a bad mood.

Keeping A Close Eye on The Screen

Going along with the topic of reflected appraisal, monitoring our communication is another large factor when using social media. Monitoring is when we evaluate what we are about to say before we say it. Once you post something it is out there forever. You may be able to delete something but someone might’ve screenshot what you have said. . On social media we are cautious of what information we post by monitoring the content of the information and who is going to see it. In some cases someone may not post something about hanging out with their friends because they forgot to invite someone and they don’t want to hurt their feelings. Another case might be when you tell your significant other that you are going to sleep but you are still on social media, you have to be careful not to post or favorite something so someone will not get upset that you are still away but not texting them.

Letting Screens Tear Our Relationships Apart

By letting our lives be consumed by social media and technology uses we are devaluing our relationships. Our cell phones play a larger part in our lives than many than our friends do. If our phones break we might cy more than we do when we have breakups. Is that acceptable? I personally don’t think so. We feel so naked without our phones but we are perfectly content without our friends at our sides. The media called social….is anything but.

 

 

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Relationships: Screen to Screen or Face to Face?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS9Wte1gX9g[/youtube]

I wanted to start with the video above because this video has effected me more than any other video I have seen. How can I follow this incredible message about media and how it is effecting our lives? I just want to add to it.

Technology: New version of hide and seek?

We use technology as a supplement of many things. We no longer need to worry about wether we want paper back or hard cover books because we get them electronically. No need to go to the mall when we can order everything online. No need to get coffee with friends when we can Skype or FaceTime. No need to make conversation with strangers because we have our phones to occupy our time. I miss when it wasn’t weird to talk to someone sitting next to you.  We have a new sense of confidence because we can hide behind our phones. We can say things in text that we would never say in person. We can avoid people who are far away by ignoring calls or texts and we even pretend to be doing something on our phone to avoid eye contact with someone we don’t want to talk to. Don’t lie, you’ve done it. Technology keeps us behind screens.

Why are we lonely?

During the process of deciding which university I would be going to, I joined the ‘Class of 2016’ pages. Upon doing so, many friend requests were sent and received for each university. So I have 1,158 friends on Facebook……..I don’t even know them personally. Its a silly number on media that I do not think means anything in the grand scheme of things. We all have so many friends on social media but we find ourselves lonely all the time. I think Facebook is becoming a problem because people rely on it.

Margie Warrell stated, ‘Given the instantaneous gratification we get from our screens, our brains can quickly become addicted to the hit of micro-endorphins when someone retweets our comment, reposts our Instagram pic or likes our pithy Facebook update.  Our digital tools play to our vanity and vulnerability. We can easily become seduced by them, relying on them for affirmation, validation and a sense of belonging.”

This quote is very correct. Our ‘personal value’ is being determined by the amount of retweets, likes, and favorites. Even our ‘follower-following ratio’ or how well we text. It should be based upon how well we communicate with others and the way we live life when we aren’t behind a screen.

Devaluing friendships.

According to Julie T. Wood, Friendship is valued by willingness to invest, emotional closeness, acceptance, trust and support. Willingness to invest means that we are willing to invest our time and efforts in keeping a friendship. Emotional closeness is where individuals become closer because of discussion or activities. Acceptance is being able to accept someone for who they are as a person. Trust is being able to believe someone and what they say. Support is when you are there for a friend when they need it.

When I am away at school many of my friends are at other schools so we need to correspond trough our phones. When people do not text back they are not seen to be willing to invest. When you’re so far from someone it is difficult to feel close because you can just communicate through phones. I believe that acceptance and trust are things that can be shared through distance. Support is something that can keep a friendship going when you’re far away from each other.

I have luckily been able to stay friends with many of my friends that live further away from me. But it has been difficult. Instead of visiting each other Skype and FaceTime replaces that. Texting replaces phone calls ect. I think that we are replacing quality interactions with media and we don’t appreciate our friendships as much any more. When I am at school I am lucky to have friends that still visit and still keep in contact but with some friends it is more difficult.

Putting our phones down. 

All we need to really do is turn phones off and enjoy friendships as they are when we have them. We rely so much on our phones that we walk past beautiful people and beautiful sights. What happened to enjoying things without always wanting to Instagram or tweet it? Is that possible? I hope so because it’d be nice to enjoy actual interaction together.

 

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