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Can’t figure out if the iPhone 5s is worth buying?

I recently purchased the iPhone 5s by apple and i’m relatively satisfied.  I was first drawn to the phone by it’s sleek new design. Apple has not disappointed with the shiny metallic look.  The iPhone 5s is a lot fast and the graphics than my older iPhone 4s.  I’ve also noticed that the processor is faster as well.  With the iOS7 installment to apple products, it makes everything more appealing.  What makes this phone different from the original 5th generation is that the iPhone 5s has touch ID.  I found that this makes unlocking my phone very efficient and gets rid of the hassle of typing out that long apple ID password to purchase/download an app from the app store.  Compared to my old iPhone, the iPhone 5s has a beautiful camera.  Now I can zoom without my photo’s looking pixelated.  Also, you can use the flash without worrying if your photos will come out looking white washed.  The battery life has improved as well.  I can charge the phone for about 30 minutes and it can be completely charged and will last me the whole day.

Apple products are always expensive that the iPhone 5s is no exception. The phone ranges from about $200 to $400.  When I was first looking into purchasing the phone, I thought it was a little too much for my tight budget, but quickly learned that it was well worth the money.  I was fully satisfied with the phone and still am to this day.

For more information, please feel free to watch the video below.

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Social Media and Voting

Based on statistics of voting for the years 2008, 2004, and 1994, it seems that more and more people are turning out to vote. IN 19996, there were about 96 million (46%) people who showed up to the polls to vote. The number then increased in 2008 to 103  million (56%) people. That’s a huge jump! In my opinion, I think social media has played a huge part in the increase of voters. Let’s look at the last couple elections. Remember back to when no one even knew what Facebook and Twitter were? Well, politicians didn’t either and there were fewer numbers of voters. Now, let’s jump ahead to the last presidential election. President Obama started using social media to connect with the younger generations of voter. He got to talk about political matters with the people who are being affected by them and it got more people to the polls. As for the future, I believe that more and more people will be voting and now with more political figures on-line, I think that picking the best candidate will be a lot harder.

Source: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html


Generation Y Lazy?

Generation Y Survey

I really wasn’t surprised by the results that I found from the Generation Y survey. It basically supports that our generation thinks very highly of themselves and they are generally lazy. They want everything handed to them with out doing anything to deserve it. Most of the people within this generation seem to think that right after college, they will be handed a job (major specific) in a mere days or weeks. Though that may be in some cases, but some of these people will have to wait for longer periods of time. The only thing that possibly surprised me was that not a lot of people where open to living with their parents throughout college. Looking ahead, it would be financially better to live with your parents/guardians after college in order to maintain stability until your ready to move out. But that was really the only thing that surprised me. Everything else sort of goes with Generation Y being lazy.

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Socialnomics – Chapter 1-3 Summary


In chapter 1 of “Socialnomics”, Qualman talks about what people post on social media sites. He writes that some people use sites such as Facebook for information, such as his example with Sally at the supermarket. He explains that because Sally had her smartphone, she could get on Facebook to ask her friends how to make a certain dish. Also, as she’s in line, she sees a video that she sends to her husband to help him with a project. To me, not everything that he writes, quite add up. People these days don’t really use social media for information. Everything that they post if purely for entertainment. I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything on a Facebook that was meant to be a solution to someone’s problem and frankly, I don’t think any of my friends have either. So, I don’t totally agree with what Qualman thinks about people and social media sites.

Image: http://www.lifed.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/facebook-on-smartphone.jpg

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Couldn’t Do It…

I attempted my one day without technology on Saturday. I started out strong, slept in late, got up to go to work all without using my phone. It all went down hill when I went on break at 3:30 pm.  I went back to the office and I kept hearing my phone buzz with notifications. My phone was literally calling out to me. I couldn’t just let it keep going off, I had to check it. So yes, I caved. I couldn’t do it, it was too much. I didn’t realize that I used my phone too much until I had to go without. I definitely rely on it way to much, but I don’t think I could just stop using it.

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No Phone?

Today, our Social Media class talked about “One Day without Technology”. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it’s basically just like it sounds. You can’t use technology such as phones, internet, social networking, things like that. To be completely honest with you, when our class first started talking about it, a little piece of my soul died. I absolutely love technology and giving up up just like that with be really tough for me. The good thing about it is that we get to pick the day in which we will participate, so it shouldn’t be all that difficult because I’m going to do it on Saturday. I choose Saturday because I can sleep in, go to work, come home, and just go to bed. The only time where I might break down is during my break because normally, I just get on Facebook or Twitter. Hopefully, I have a tiny shred of will power to go the full 24 hours, though I’ve never even tried. I might have to suffer through with some nervous ticks and finger twitches. Wish me the best of luck!

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Social Media + Me

Hey, my name is Emily. I started using social media, probably in middle school. I made a Myspace account as a way to talk to my friends outside of school. Now, I use social media on a daily basis. I’m that type of person who has to check their twitter multiple times a day, just to see what’s going on in everyone’s lives. I believe that social media will continue to grow and be around for a while because there are new sites every day that are gaining attention by younger generations. As for education, I think that social media should play a role in it because people are already using the sites so it would be easier and cheaper to have classes or assignments via social media sites. What I hope to get out of this class is to just broaden my knowledge about social media to help understand what it’s all about.