Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest and many more have proven its way and importance in our daily needs. It has transformed into a need. A need to communicate with others virtually, behind the screen.
Socialist argues that social media is a barrier to communications. After all, the communicators are well hidden behind the screen. There is a lack of face-to-face communication that is being regarded as the essential parts to understand other's message better. The argument of the effectiveness of the message delivery are a valid concern for any behind the screen communication.
Further, the 'attachment to screen' symptoms are said to negatively affect one's life including creating physical in-activeness, losing of social skills to communicate and breaking bonds within the community. When everything is computerized, the only focus is the computer screen. Leaving the screen became extremely difficult. Parents noticed the adverse effect of this symptoms when their kids are attached to screens while dining. It is never the same bond and attachment that exist during the previous generation, where technologies are not developed.
The question is should we take away social media to restore how it used to be? Read my story and decide:
I have to confessed that I am one of many who have the 'screen attachment' symptom. I called it 'screen attachment' symptom because you get so attached to the screen that every few minutes, you check for updates. Social media has been a channel for me to communicate for the past 8 years.
I am a quiet girl. So, you would imagine I am always sitting alone at the corner and wouldn't proactively express myself. However, it was social media that bring life to me (and many others too) that rely on the back-screen to communicate. Suddenly, you (and I) see a completely different personalities that come out from no-where. I am writing, telling my stories and communicate what I believe in. Expression of words came from wonderful thoughts that are documented and shared or otherwise, lost within the sea of thoughts.
I learned through writing and you wouldn't believe how much I learned. I run my own website and wrote few articles a month regardless of how busy my work schedule is. Every single articles that I wrote brings out my personality little by little. It was social media that gave me the energy and resources to reach out to people that I couldn't meet face-to-face, connecting and bring people together globally. And, I am still the quiet girl, sitting around (now in front of screen) that will go out with friends and families because I care about them. I have gain more social skills for the past 8 years and communicate better than I used to be.
January 1, 2014 –Another opportunity for us to re-live our life once we bid farewell to 2013. How important is a new year to you? New Year brings hope to us as it is another start, the beginning of financial year for most company and new semester for students.
It is rather coincident where life slows down during mid-December 2013, where everyone enjoy Christmas and Holiday season. It is a season of joy, where extended holidays and discounted sales act as rewards for all the effort made during 2013. It is a season where we spend our savings but earned the opportunity to get together with friends and families.
Most people like to have a new hope for the New Year and we called that New Year resolution. Unless you are determined to fulfil that until December 2014, your hope is just a hope. Creating a resolution without implementation is rather a surface-task. Create a New Year resolution with action plans along with weekly to do plan, follow through and see the difference. If you can’t work this out, forget about having a New Year resolution. Do it when you are ready. It is never too late to get started.
“Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around where you started again”- Stephen King.
This quote originated from Stephen King but it also come from my deep heart. Life is like a wheel that goes round and round and at a point, it will reflect back on you. So, take the opportunity to start planning what you like to do today. Don’t worry about failure; failure is always there for those without determination.
Written by Felicia Loo, edited by Sara Zare.
Felicia Loo is a food technologist. She wrote articles on food product for her website (www.felicialoo.com). She also shared opinions about food and life as a freelance writer.
Copyright 2013@ Felicia Loo.
Will also be published on Jan 1, 2014
Health is an important area of focus. Dietary habits impact our body functions in many different ways. Amongst the impact are on our body sizes, skin, brain and cognitive functions, energy level and more. We rely on what we eat for our body.
Is there any health awareness about how our food impacts us? Yes. The fact that fresh vegetables and fruits are regard as healthy and processed foods is bad for health. The shocking fact is we know but the changes in dietary habit seem too major to be changed. Eating healthier cost $1.50 more a day according to Mayuree Rao et al1 in a meta-analysis based article published in BMJ. $1.50 is a cost that I consider reasonably low for our health.
The next question is of course, how can we spend that extra $1.50? Would people fork out $1.50 on coffee or food they regards as healthy? What is healthy for you? Can we regard fruits and vegetables, no junk food, organic food, all natural food as healthy food? Or this list is simply sounds too healthy to you.
Recently, I come to realize there is a term called 'too healthy'. Eating greens could be an example of being too healthy and not everyone is comfortable of having healthy food. Suddenly, health became a true scale of our own evaluation. There is only a person who can define how healthy you are precisely and that is yourself.
While I see how community influences what we term as healthy dietary habits, it is more of a temporary stand point to please others. It is really up to our heart and our willingness to determine how we are healthy within our mindset. Some might just even say although I take in potatoes chips, I am healthy because I had my doses of fruits and vegetables recommended by the food guide. Take a moment and rethink what is consider healthy for you?
Food tip of the week:
Consume harvested salad leaves as they are removed from ground for maximum nutrients. Yellow colored leaves indicate nutrient loss.
1. Rao M, Afshin A, Singh G, et al. Do healthier foods and diet patterns cost more than less healthy options? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2013;3:e004277. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013- 004277.
Copyright 2013© Felicia Loo.