The sad reality behind FACEBOOK!

My assumption, about 80% of us out there have an obsession with social networking sites, FACEBOOK being the number one. We check it several times a day; obsess about photos, our friends, our status and OTHERS. I am definitely not the first to admit that I have an addiction to FACEBOOK…and that yes, I’ve had to TERMINATE facebook because of the distraction it was setting on my daily life. So what difference does Facebook addiction have to a drug, alcohol and sex addiction? LOL. No, really…think about it. We need a daily dosage, it has interrupted our routines…. we skip out on other activities to facebook…this has affected the relationships we have with our significant others, our parents, our families. And must I add, it’s far from reality! It gives us false confidence… because it’s far from the truth. Yeah, most of what we have on facebook does kind of sum us up as a person…you know, there’s the PARTY GIRL/BOY, the businessman/woman, the student, the thug, the mom, the dad, the musician/rapper etc. BUT we don’t add everything! Definitely not the bad stuff…just the good 🙂 AND have you ever facebooked for an hour or two and then…crash? Emotionally crash? Sort of like drugs. You facebook, check others business and then your self-esteem and confidence has surprisingly gone down or disappeared. You compare yourself to others and ask yourself, “why don’t I have this or why DO I have this?” ….NOW ADMIT IT, you’ve done it, we’ve all done it, and FELT IT. It’s a sad reality. Facebook is a lot like a drug, an alcohol and sex obsession! It has also been the reason why some of you have lost jobs or maybe not gotten a job… We sometimes say, “hold up, let me check my facebook”…. What you thought would take a short 15 minutes lasted a few hours!!?!?!! Aaaand must I add that everyone and their mommas has a facebook?! My 80 something year old grandpa has a facebook! So we have a facebook, we’re NOT going to get rid of it. Let’s be real! So let’s do something. USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE! Use it for networking… feel the need to post pictures of your recent party and keg stand? Now that’s going to get you nowhere! FACEBOOK the smart way…ever gone into settings? If you did you’d come to realize that there are really cool things you can do… you can add groups of friends and change the settings! You can have your work group, school group, party, school….boyfriend/girlfriend group? You get it. You can control who sees what!  I’m sureee you don’t want your mother, boss, and creepy co-worker seeing a picture of you passed out with a beer in your hand! Or knowing your every move! Now that’s just creepy… Facebook sums our lives and us up; do you really want to let everyone and anyone into your life? That one guy/girl you’re just getting to know can easily “GET TO KNOW YOU” , get to know the type of person you are just by going on your facebook. Crazy huh…Hope this made you think a little! Now before you go back to facebook, check out these crazy stats!

Bloguera Spotlight!

As a YOUNG, BILINGUAL, LATINA JOURNALIST, I have at many times felt intimidated. Initimidated by more experienced Journalists or by Journalists who dominated a language better than I did.

Ever since I was a child, my writing stood out to professors. It began with GATE, a program I was chosen to be a part of in Elementary school. Thanks to GATE I was taken out of regular class to focus on my artistic writing, that is where I learned about Poetry and story telling. Then, in middle school I out of hundredths of students was granted a scholarship to Cabrillo College because of an essay I had written. In High School I struggled with certain classes but English was never one of them. I have been placed in advanced English classes since I could remember. In college, I noticed a difference. I was still a good writer but I had a lot more competition. I was learning alongside very good, creative writers. Still, I always could write an essay in english and spanish with little struggle, turn it in and receive a good grade.After having completed College, I began working…. turning in news articles where you know, little of your personality can be expressed. News is short, to the point and informative.

It wasn’t until I began BLOGGING that I was once again able to WRITE. Write about anything! Write about what I love most, my passions, my family, my struggles, my experiences! Not only expressing myself and putting thought into every single word that went into my Blog but have people read about it! Have people read about my life, my experiences and read MY WORDS. That is why I felt so honored when “Tu Voz en Tu Vida” contacted me with hopes of having MY article, “Stuck in the middle” be featured on their online magazine. All I have ever wanted is to have my words be read and thanks to this opportunity, they will be, not only from the people I know or know me but from complete strangers who will probably relate and find comfort in my words. Blogging has been an excellent creation, and anyone who has anything to share, any words to express, do it! Because you never know who will come across your words, across your blogs and feel inspired! Happy blogging!

Link to the article: http://www.tuvozentuvida.com/2011/11/08/identidad-cultural/

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 Como PERIODISTA JOVEN, BILINGUE Y LATINA, me he sentido intimidada. Intimidada por periodistas que tienen más experiencia que yo, o que dominan un idioma mejor que yo.

 Desde que yo era niña mis maestros halagaban mi escritura. Todo comenzó con GATE, un programa al que pertenecí en la primaria. Gracias a este programa, aprendí a escribir poesía y novelas. En la secundaria, gracias a un ensayo que escribí, me gane una beca para la Universidad. Mi ensayo fue seleccionado entre cientos de ensayos. En la preparatoria, tuve dificultad en varias clases pero la escritura nunca ha sido una dificultad para míDesde que yo me acuerdo he participado en clases avanzadas de escritura.Cuando entré a la Universidad note una diferencia, aunque todavía me sentía segura al escribir, el nivel ya era más competitivoContinuaba aprendiendo junto con muy buenos escritores. Siempre pude escribir un ensayo en ingles y en español en poco tiempo, con poca dificultad, entregarlo y recibir una buena calificación. Después de haber terminado la Universidad, comencé a trabajar y a escribir artículos noticieros, pero un artículo de noticias, tiene que ser simple, corto, informativo y muestra muy poco el talento de un/a escritor/a.

 No fue hasta que comencé con mi BLOG que sentí que otra vez podía expresarme por medio de las palabras. Comencé de nuevo a escribir sobre los temas que más me apasionan, mi familia, mi vida y mis experiencias. No solo se trataba de expresarme por medio de cada palabra que publicaba sino transmitir cuando otros leyeran estas palabras. Lograr que otros lean sobre mi experiencias y mi historia. Es por eso que me sentí honrada cuando fui contactada por TU VOZ EN TU VIDA. Me buscaron porque  estaban interesados en publicar mi artículo, “Perdida en Medio” en su revista. Lo único que he deseado es que otros lean mis palabras y gracias a esta oportunidad, creo que este deseo se realizará. No solo la gente que me conoce están leyendo mis escritos, sino gente que no me conoce, extraños que ojala y puedan encontrar consuelo por medio de mis palabras. “Blogging” ha sido un invento maravilloso e invito a todos los que tengan algo que compartir a que lo hagan! Porque uno nunca sabe quien está leyendo y quien se sienta inspirado! Ahora, a continuar blogging!

Link del articulo: http://www.tuvozentuvida.com/2011/11/08/identidad-cultural/