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Why the Current Generation is Financially Fucked

Back in the 1950s and 60s, the American dream was in full effect. With $10 grand in your pocket – that’s a bit more than $100 grand today, considering inflation – you could get a university degree, buy a car, open a mortgage, and feel comfortable starting a family. Nowadays, that same money will barely get you two years in college.

When I stumbled upon this information, the first thought that came into my head was, “What the fuck happened?”

I’m well aware America had its biggest economic boom post World War II and, therefore, it makes sense you could get a lot for your buck during that time. However, what boggles me is how far we’ve come. The young people of today have to work twice as hard to earn half as much – if not less.

I’m not the biggest fan of economics. Numbers tend to give me a headache. But after looking at the amount of student debt I have piled up, I began to wonder how the hell anyone makes it in such a society without slaving their life away.

So, purely out of curiosity, I’ve researched the information and provided it to you. To be quite honest, I apologize in advance. Any level-headed person will probably be just as pissed as I was upon seeing all this. Continue reading Why the Current Generation is Financially Fucked

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An Analysis of the School Shooting Phenomenon

It’s a frightening idea to accept the consistency of school shootings in America. It seems that every couple of months we are hit with another headline. The more these headlines roll in, the more of a necessity we feel to stop this phenomenon.

Many activists are strongly certain that changing gun control laws is the proper solution to keeping our children safe. Though I don’t discredit the effect it would have in relation to these school shootings, I do believe there’s much more to this than the guns themselves.

For if we look back fifty years ago, when firearms were more widely available to the public, the number of school shootings taking place was substantially less. The real issue of this phenomenon goes within the psychology of the men committing these crimes.

If we look into some of the most malicious school shooters, we find a steady trend of mental illness; Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech Massacre, 2006) suffered from severe anxiety with selective mutism and major depressive disorder, Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, 2012) was diagnosed with sensory difficulties, socialization delays, and repetitive  behavior at the age of three, all of which inevitably led to schizophrenia, and Nikolas Cruz (Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting, 2018) is reported to have autism, depression, and ADHD.

I believe it’s important to look into these mental health issues as it gives us a hint as to what makes someone decide to go out and become a threat to many people. Without that very decision, the status of gun control wouldn’t be an issue. Continue reading An Analysis of the School Shooting Phenomenon

How Literature is Changing in the 21st Century

Introduction

Within our age of the Internet, literature necessarily isn’t dying as some people insist. Instead, it’s shaping itself in ways to appropriately accommodate modern technology. Blogs have given independent writers and corporations the opportunity to publish whenever they desire. Newspapers and magazines now hold completely digital subscription services. Likewise, novels are finding their way from the page to the screen.

Social media is only fueling a new literary trend. Web sites like Twitter allow for publications in 160 words or less. Though this might seem like an insufficient means for receiving information, the use of the hashtag has only made more convenience for web surfers. A hashtag unites many publications together, offering a variety of opinions and voices for people to read. Likewise, social media uses online forums as a way to connect people on the issues they wish to discuss.

However, when it comes to traditional-based publications such as novels and playwrights, we are seeing a diminish in interest. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the most notable are that people want to receive information at quicker rates. The internet allows for readers to digest stories within a matter of minutes (or even seconds).

Let’s say someone is scrolling around online publications for an hour. Within that time, they will have overviewed a wide diversity of information. This is becoming the preferred method for one simple reason. People are finding more interest in having an abundance at their disposal.

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Social Media’s Role in Social Anxiety

Introduction

Maybe you’re someone like me who suffers from social anxiety. You live day by day feeling lonelier and lonelier. I’d like to start by reminding you that you’re not alone.

If you’re not someone like me, then I ask simply that you try to understand before reading on. People generally feel sensitive about this topic and don’t like to bring it up. I know I feel reluctant writing about it.

An article stumbled across my desk recently discussing social media and its effect on people with social anxiety. This caught my interest because I don’t use social media much myself. Yet, I’ve been attempting to recently as I endeavor to make a living freelance writing. I’ve been struggling and this article confirmed why.

To sum it up, people with social anxiety tend to focus too much on everyone else’s appearace on screen. Often feeling self-conscious about their own page.

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To Be Read and Not to Read

Introduction

Reading literature more than just a dying habit. It’s a modern dilemma that will prove to be consequential. We are living in a time where everyone wants to be read, but no one wants to read. This is due to society’s progressions into technological innovations. The human mind has altered into a reality still quite new to us.

We receive information at a faster rate than our ancestors did. Knowledge is screened to us in an instant and repeatedly replaced with even more knowledge. The way we access facts and details may make some think we’re getting smarter.

However, this thought process (in my opinion) is all too new and still needs research. There’s the obvious notion that if you read books, you’ll be a smarter person. I’m curious as to if not reading is really making us dumber. Not as individuals, but as a whole society.

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