SOCIAL SANITY: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS EFFECTING OUR MENTAL HEALTH

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“Too much time is not good.”


constant content

I wake up in the morning and check my Instagram first thing before turning on the television. The problem with that, is that people should get up and move around a little bit. If we are glued to our social media that early in the morning, it can have an impact on how we think. And in return can lead to some serious psychological problems. This is when you realize that social media can lead to mental health issues that stats have already concluded. But this is a medium that is here to stay and not going anywhere anytime soon. Not only is it not going away, but it will most likely grow to scale to be even bigger. Which means there will be even more problems in the world leading to an entire generation with mental illnesses.

whe were better when we didn’t know

There was a time when people didn’t know about the lifestyles of others. We got up, went to our jobs and came home to our families. You suspected people lived a certain way, but that was it. Now that there is a medium for people to post their lives, it is not only for public viewing. You also get a chance to see where you stand relative to someone else’s life. And no matter what you have someone somewhere has more. This has brought about a nation of depression and conspiracies. And yet, it is so easy to just unfollow, which is to a great extent why it’s so easy to not blame in a way social media. When I say blame, I am not saying them, I am saying a direct effect from the usage. We just were better off at times when we didn’t know, nor could we figure out.

why we tune in

Remember people, social media is all around us, but we have the option to tune out. We don’t have to follow things that make us uncomfortable. We do so because in today’s society we are addicted to the rage. We need something to be angry about and you can always depend on a story on the internet getting you revved-up. We nee something that will give us am escape away from our lives by looking at others lives with reverence. Sad part is that most people lives are fine, but when we compare we lose the satisfaction of how far we have come.


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SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING: HOW TO PROMOTE YOURSELF IN THIS DIGITAL AGE

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“Getting in the game.”


change in times

As you have noticed over the years, brick and mortar stores continue to close. And the reason they have such a hard time lasting in today’s society is because of the internet. The internet has made doing business offline such a hard task. And the reason being, you can get the same product/service for a cheaper price. And with so many Americans financially struggling, everyone is looking for a deal. Even people with money are now looking for sales in stores. But with this time you have to ask yourself, “How does one say competitive?”

making moves

Now, in order for you to stay relevant, you need more than just a twitter and Instagram page. You need to be more involved in order to get people to come to your business. Unless you have a popular enough place that people spread around word of mouth. You should be hiring someone that will be active constantly on your social media team. You should also host events that will expand your name into the world at large. Now this is something bigger companies are already doing, but what about the small guy. They are not doing these things, but it’s also the reason they’re going out of business. No one knows they exist, they have to do more.

join em or get beat by em

If you want to see yourself succeed in this ever changing society, then get with it. Some people look at social media as a means to connect to potential customers others see it as a waste of time. But you can’t just blow it off because it’s becoming more and more important to have as a way to promote your business. So as much as you don’t want to embrace it, it’s here to stay and very crucial in your business success.


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IT REMEMBERS: HOW MARKETERS ARE GETTING OUR ATTENTION

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“Type, type, pop up later.”


how they target

Ever been on the internet, going through a loop, looking at random things. Well, better yet, have you been on the internet consistently looking at the same items. Then you forget about what you were looking at, and next thing you know, the items you had always been looking at appear in the margins of the screen. They appear because you have been scrolling for so long. Marketers pay very close attention to this because everything is connected to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And connected because people elect to sign into their accounts using their social media in multiple locations. Now there is an open access into your life.

where is it all going

What happens when you don’t buy something? Is all this information kept on file for days, months, years? In reality it is kept for as long as organizations want to keep it. And after a while they dump the information. This all serves a purpose in case you break the law. Then there is a trail of all the things you used to look up. But most people don’t break the law where information sought after. We have no clue really what is being done with our information after searching and searching. But what if the information can be accessed by someone more important. Individuals such as your employers.

from marketers to the workplace

Sounds crazy, and very invasive, but what is stopping your employers from knowing your key strokes. Are there any laws that will stop them from doing such a thing. Now there are laws. But what will happen in the future? Employers reaching out to marketers who are known to patronize Facebook and Instagram. Then these companies that hire can pull up information on what the potential person they are hiring have been searching. This way they can see what their potential hire does with their spare time. This is even worse then Facebook selling people’s information without knowledge. But it’s not far-fetched to think employers would go to these lengths. Now, I don’t see it ever happening, but what we don’t know can hurt us.

reality is

The main reason marketers want your information is to sell you products. Giving your information to employers can be too much of a legal risk for them and the employer. And the vast majority of people don’t commit crimes. So dealing with the government is not much of an option either. For now, it’s all about dollars; and information is big money.


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THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK SEND: HOW DIGITAL COMMUNICATION IS GETTING US INTO TROUBLE

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“Comfort in our enslavement.”


type type send

With the advent of technological breakthroughs over the recent decades, we have seen a sharp increase in people finding themselves more and more in trouble. And the reason for the trouble is because whenever anything new hits the market we are all too eager to be apart of the change. So we race to be first, but little do we know, we are setting ourselves up. Setting ourselves up for the downsides that come with using the new technology. Those downsides in today’s society being that everyone can see your dirty laundry the moment you type send. And that is something we never think about. We have a thought, type it out and hit send. Little do we know it comes back to us in the form of backlash.

why we type

You would think in a climate where everyone is getting into trouble the things they say, we would be more careful. But still, stories come out where someone writes something, it gets screen grabbed and next thing you know, the story makes headline news. But why do we blindly type, not realizing there could be negative attacks on the other side. For starters, we know there are countless others who feel the same way. So we are the ones brave enough to actually speak our minds. Yet the main reason we do so is because of emotions. Social media has given us a really good insight into not just the person, but the “emotional” of humanity. We are witnessing in real time the psychological breakdown of the emotions we usually act out in the mind getting placed on screen for the world to see. And we all do it, yet we get a kick out of others in trouble. Which is a psychological study in itself.

trial run

What you are witnessing in society is the trial period of the beginning stages of using technology. In time, we will learn and get better, but for now, this is all new. We have never been so connected as we are in America right now. We can click send in New York City and someone living in Boise, Idaho or Hong Kong can read my message. So we are the genie pigs for what will be a more connected and understanding human later on in time. With this new connecting, we have to get all the kinks out first. Then people will learn how to maneuver around the controversy so as to not get into trouble.

we love enslavement

Will we ever get better, and sadly, we may never. Yes, I said previously that once we get the kinks out the way we get better. Only problem is that we get better in one area, then becomes slave in another. Because there are is something about vulnerability we as humans are addicted to. Our credit card get stolen we don’t get rid of our credit cards, we just get another card. We online shop and our information is stolen. We don’t stop online shopping, we just find another online store. So that constant vulnerability is the reason people will continue to get into trouble typing and hitting send.


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THE ILLUSION OF HARDSHIP: ARE RACE RELATIONS WORSE OR DO WE SEE MORE NOW

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“Bad or getting better?”


a history of segregation

For the past few centuries, America has had this relationship that still until today has gripped the country. And now you look at the landscape of America and you wonder how far have we really come. Are things better or are the worse? Do we have to continue to fight, or is there less being fed to us more often that causes the problems we have in society? Because if you are an avid user of social media, you would think that America is still this hotbed of racism. So what is the true story behind all of the agendas?

social media

If you are a daily user of the internet, you are going to constantly be inundated with a lot of crazy information. But as it pertains to this topic of race relations, we have a plethora of videos out there in the world. Anything you want to see that pertains to race you’re going to see it. And everyday, there is a video of someone fighting a social issue. One of those things is police shootings that are on videos that are posted everyday. And if you didn’t know any better, you would think America is the scariest place on Earth. Only difference between now and the past is that we didn’t see everything that took place. But what role does mass media on television play in this craziness.

the news

When watching the news, you would think that the news has their own agenda when it comes to racial relations. They love to throw out there the slightest inkling of a a racial situation. It’s a long standing issue and people will bite on the story a lot more than the run-of-the-mile story on the news. And it is because of this type of reporting that can drive people crazy. Or the fact that they don’t accurately portray the story for what happened. Almost as if the people in society need to be spoon fed little tid-bits of information.

reality

As I said before, we just see more and more than in the past. Trust and believe things were a lot worse in the past. The only difference is the exposure. We weren’t privy to a 24 hour news cycle. My mother remember channels were so few and far between that the radio was the best medium. Television was for people who had some form of financial means. Now everyone has a television or some access to news on some mobile device.


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CARPE DIEM: TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES PREVIOUS GENERATIONS DIDN’T HAVE

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“We got it made.”


tech today

In society today, we have all these digital mediums around us, yet still so few are using it as a means to build a life for themselves. So many people are expecting a political party to create them some type of life. And the reality is that you can do it now if you’d like to do so. Now more than ever, we all have the power of change in our hands. And still people are unaware even with the large volume of free information on the internet. So what really separate the people that can build from people who don’t. And a lot of it has to do with fear of failure; not living up to their greatest potential.

i can’t wait

Since we are in a right now era, we have such a hard time building our careers. And when trying to build in the digital space, it will take a while considering so many people are doing it. And that’s where people get side tracked. Just because everything is moving so fast, that does mean your career will move at the same pace. You need to build a strong loyal base which could take years to fulfill. And that is when the job of building becomes difficult. Only problem is that any career will take years to build.

platforms

Monetizing with all this digital media requires a skill set that takes a lot of time which is why you need years. And the following are platforms where you can monetize if you’re up for the challenge.

People who have built a space through Instagram are able to do so through the engagement with their audience through video and photo content. People are getting paid massive amounts of Image result for instagrammoney to promote for brands. And the great thing is that you don’t have to be a famous celebrity to monetize anymore. Of course you have the Kardashians who fetch high prices to push brands. But now, someone with 20k, 50k, 100k, or 500k followers are able to capitalize off of the platforms. You might see someone on vacation and think they are relaxing, when in reality they are promoting the hotel resort.

 

 

 

Facebook is still a great platform to utilize for your business. Because not only are there more users on Facebook, it can serve as a hub for all of your work. You can also promote and view your Image result for facebook'analytic in more depth. Facebook is also connected to just about any other platform, so whatever you’re working on goes straight to your page to be promoted. 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, as far is YouTube, you can use longer form video content to promote and make a living doing so. It can also take years, but once you’ve cultivated an audience, then you can generate Image result for youtuberevenues to scale. 

 

 


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INSTAMONEY: HOW TO BUILD A CAREER AROUND SOCIAL MEDIA

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“Create-Post-Cash In.”


post for pay

I see people everyday when I use my Instagram that have amassed a large following. And not all of them are celebrities; some are average Joe’s. But they didn’t start with 500k, 1 million, or 10 million followers. They started with just one as anyone does. But over time they have built a community that at this point they can monetize. And if you are one of the lucky few to have built a career from Instagram, then more power to you. There are other platforms where people capitalize like Facebook, Twitter, and even YouTube. So how did they start and make an income from using these various platforms? Well, let’s first look at the beginning.

who are you

You want to build a large following on the internet, then you need to step back and realize who you are as a person. What are you going to be posting that makes people want to come to your home page or tune in to your videos and consume your content. You have to build some type of niche that is you, so that people can quickly see a photo you take, listen, or watch and be immediately connected. Now, it doesn’t hurt if you are an attractive man or woman who people instantly gravitate to. But for most people, ecstatic are not the thing that’s going to drive you forward. So you need a talent; a talent that must be cultivated over a long period of time. And this is what brings me to my next step which is the building stage.

put the work in

You have to go through steps in order to make yourself attractive enough to follow. So what are the steps one must take.

  1. THE START – Come up with an identity that is you. Are you going to take photos of people, sites, or both. Will you focus on more landscapes, commercial, or are you into the fashion space. Once you figure out what you want to photograph, then you have to start; if Instagram is your goal. If your goal is video content, then the process starts with the ideas you plan to shoot on camera.
  2. THE CLIMB – This is the stage at which you have to show up daily and consistently put in the work. It’s the longest stage where most people give up. Because they either don’t want it, or didn’t realize how long it would take to climb.
  3. THE BASE – This would be the part where most would think they can start making money, but it’s not. Even when you build a base, you can’t just start throwing things in their faces and think they will spend money. That is a sure way to lose followers. There must be something that connects to what you are doing. Meaning, don’t try to sell sports energy drinks if you’ve built a platform off of fashion.
  4. THE BUCKS – Now you can monetize, but watch how you throw things at your base. Let it make sense, and let it be honest. People with millions of followers get offered money opportunities all the time. But when it doesn’t make sense you lose. But when it does make sense, you can generate large scale revenues for yourself.

it doesn’t end at success

You have so many people who think now I can relax, not true. If anything, your life is about to get even more complicated. Why, well because in order to maintain, you have to always step up your game. With every level you reach, people will expect you to hold that position. So with a social career, be prepared to work for years and years; slowly and honestly.


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