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I Can See You

I can see you….

Now that we have been staying inside for a few weeks, we have all gotten a taste of what it’s like to work from home. I am sure that everyone has stories about how things have worked and probably even more stories about how they haven’t worked well. The most important thing to do though is this soldier on, stay inside as much as possible, and continue to find ways to make life and work more enjoyable and practical.

In talking to friends and colleagues about their experience working from home, the biggest thing that comes up is how they miss the personal interaction that work used to provide. 

You most likely have heard your friends and colleagues talking about the video conferencing program called Zoom. It is been around for some time and you may already have participated in a zoom meeting yourself. Companies are using it on a regular basis now for company meetings, client meetings, and project collaboration. And church groups, Rotary clubs, AA meetings, Book clubs and a myriad of other organizations have also taken up meeting via Zoom. One of the main reasons it’s so popular is that the experience of being able to see everyone in a meeting, and while it isn’t the same as being there in person, it is much more personal than a conference call. Zoom is relatively easy to set up and use and is free to use. The only thing that a participant has to do is download the Zoom app to be able to login to the meetings. I will add links to YouTube tutorials at the end of the article for this, and the other programs I mention.

If you use an iPhone, FaceTime is another app that is extremely easy to use. It has been upgraded so that you can invite up to 32 people in one FaceTime call. FaceTime is generated from either a contact file or from messages. If you haven’t used it yet, it is very straightforward but I am including a tutorial link on YouTube that goes into great detail.

There is one more way to connect through video and that’s through the Facebook messenger app. Although messenger typically used to text, it is quite efficient and straightforward to video chat also. 

I think you’ll find that connecting with people via video will be easier than you think and more rewarding and satisfying then you imagined.

Zoom basics




Messenger video chat



The Sides Of Social Media

Social media is something that has taken the world by storm. I’d say that most high school students have at least one form of social media. Whether it’s Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook, it seems to be the one thing that is constantly on our minds.

The question asked by many parents is whether this is something positive for their children or not. Unfortunately, there is no definite answer. What I do know, is that there are many pros, and certainly some cons. I’ll start off by stating that I know that I use social media as a way of contacting my friends. We have the ability to share pictures and have typed conversations over these social media apps. Without it, we feel like there’s no other way to share important moments with those close to us. You know, it’s not like we are surrounded by telephones where we can speak to them directly…;).

Truthfully, though, social media also makes us feel like active participants of others’ lives. I often use these platforms to contact family members that live outside the country. I can text them, like their posts, and watch their daily stories. Not only can social media allow us to share the happy moments in our lives, but it also lets us share events going on in real time, like tragedies, natural disasters, etc. Although those were all positive sides to social media, I want to state the very obvious fact; that we are obsessed with it!!!

Social media is usually the first thing we check when we wake up, and the last thing we look at before going to bed. We always have this constant urge to check what those around us are up to. This definitely takes up time that we could be using for more important things like family time, and academics. I’d say that a huge issue with social media, is the unrealistic lifestyles being publicized by pretty much everyone that uses it. You rarely ever see posts about the difficulties in life, but rather posts about how people are “living the life”. This makes us long for things that would only exist in a perfect world. It could be in terms of wealth, looks, and even happiness. I often ask myself why these celebrity “influencers” are trying to “influence” us. In the end, we live in a world that is surrounded by social platforms and for us teens, it is something we are used to. The truth is, it all depends on how you choose to use it. Like everything else in life, moderation is likely the key.