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When you’re in a relationship, social media is one of those things that you love, but at the same time you can easily grow to hate. While the latest apps and social networking sites may make your life easier, more convenient, and much more interesting, they may each be taking a toll on your relationship. Here are some signs social media is ruining your relationship and what you can do about it.
From Mommy Noire
It seems like every new app or social network is for the kids, but grown-ups have a reason to get excited about Chatwala. The recently launched app, available on iOS and Google Play, lets you make a video, send it to someone, and then see their reaction.
Chatwala picks up where Instagram and Vine videos leave off. You can post a video of your baby doing something adorable but likes don’t show how happy aunties are to see your little one take her first steps. Let’s say daddy’s at work and he’s missing the sweetest thing your little one did. You can send him a video with Chatwala and watch his face light up, rather than him just texting back “LOL! Cute!”
Read more about Chatwala at MommyNoire.com
My parents probably laugh at what we call relationship problems today, but the truth is social media has created more reasons for couples to over-analyze and obsess and create even more insecurities.
As I was scrolling through my Instagram activity the other night I couldn’t help but notice that radio personality Big Tigger had liked a video with two women looking like they were about to showcase their skills on a sex toy. It looked rated XXX so I didn’t even bother playing it, but I instantly thought, “Damn, isn’t he dating Keshia Knight-Pulliam?” Now I’m not saying that man can’t like a girl’s picture without being attracted to her, and it’s far from cheating, but I can’t help but feeling like your partner’s social media behavior in many ways is a reflection of you.
This isn’t the first time Big Tigger has double tapped on pictures of KING-cover wannabes bent over displaying their behinds and/or breasts as the best part of their anatomy. But in the next instant he’s posting photos of the new kicks he’s bought for Keshia. I don’t know about other women but I’d be bothered if my man’s social media consisted primarily of pictures of parading unclothed women and girls twerking and swinging on poles. A man’s going to be a man, but can he do so a little more privately?
Maybe it’s not that serious. I’ve clicked on plenty of pics of French bulldogs dressed in bow ties and Angela Simmon’s shoes without putting a whole lot thought into making that gray heart red. That’s the thing about Instagram that I think cheapens it as a communication tool: It doesn’t require much thought or energy. It doesn’t actually reflect what’s truly important to anyone. I mean at least Twitter forces you to be clever in 140 characters. Instagram unites the best of both worlds for those without much to contribute to social media or otherwise: It allows people to sit in look pretty for those who are limited to visual stimulation. Does that make me love it any less? No, but let’s be honest, Instagram is not the place to form the deepest connections.
With that said, I’m not encouraging girlfriends everywhere to clock their man’s Instagram behavior, but I‘m also reminding people about yet another way social media seriously can impact your reputation and the people you actually have authentic, real-life relationships with. Don’t blame Twitter or Instagram for an already unhealthy relationship either. What social media does have the potential to do is weaken an already unstable bond. If you have a man who truly respects you, he’ll do so whether it’s in person or on his online profile.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
Remember Twitter’s “Fail Whale” icon? Like a lot of other iconic figures, it may not have been fully appreciated during its life, but now, with its absence, it can’t be forgotten.
When it comes to television commercials, however, some of the faces and voices behind the brands you love have been known to become just as iconic. With the Super Bowl upon us, the largest advertising event of the year, it’s a good time to take a look back at those icons and mascots we all know and love.
Here are nine personalities who, like Twitter’s Fail Whale, charmed audiences from the very beginning of their inception to their early retirement.
It can take just one tweet to unravel years of friendship or to turn a celebrity that never knew you were alive to a ball of rage. Then there are those tweets to beat all other tweets: the ones where employees and potential employees spoil all of the chances they ever had for respect, a promotion or a job, and make you go, “What in the world were they thinking?” Here are nine tweets of epic fail proportions that will make you cringe.
Ask yourself, “Am I using Twitter efficiently?” While some use Twitter as a fun form of social media interaction and many more use it as a means of promoting a business, there is still room for those of us who fall somewhere in the middle.
Working at your 9-to-5 doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to use Twitter to give your career a nudge. One of the best things to do is begin following people within your industry: people in your upper-management team, co-workers, and even customers who patronize the company you work for. This will give you insight into the minds of those you serve as well as the people you work with each and every day.
Using WeFollow.com will help you find high-profile people in your industry to also follow. Joining topic lists for your industry is another good idea to get aware of what is going on. Join in discussions about hot or trending topics for which you have a great deal of knowledge or passion for. Pepper your discussions with hashtags to allow others to easily find you and bring you to the forefront of searches. Tweet something fresh at least twice a day to remain part of the conversations going on within your industry. By fostering your presence online you can cultivate the image of being an expert in a particular area, which will go a long way toward propelling your career.
We’ve all been there before. In a moment of habit, boredom or perhaps pure nosiness, we find ourselves at home scrolling through Instagram or clicking through Facebook and then you see it. A photo of your friends having a great time without you.
If it weren’t for the fact that the photo was in your feed, you’d be perfectly happy in your moment — perhaps a quiet evening at home after a long week, or time at your home office researching for a new business idea. But in one brief swipe, you’re feeling left out of a night to remember.
If you’ve ever had this feeling, you’re not alone. There’s even a name for it: FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
We’re all aware of that “grass is always greener” saying, but this inadequate feeling is amplified through social media. Add to that, reports show that black people are the most active when it comes to social networks: 73 percent of black internet users are on social media, compared with 72 percent of whites according to the Pew Research Center. This number increases to 96 percent of blacks vs. 90 percent of whites when we look specifically at young people between the ages of 18 and 29.
Don’t be overcome by this feeling. Here are a few tips to overcome FOMO:
Awareness. As with anything, the first step is awareness. Realize that you may be feeling a bit jealous, awkward, or left out because of what you are seeing in photos. Otherwise, everything else for you is just fine and dandy.
Put It In Perspective. There’s a quote that I like to reference on this topic: “Don’t compare your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.” You never know what is behind someone’s smile. Realize people are typically sharing the best moments. If you see someone jetting off to a dream destination, perhaps what you don’t see are the long layovers they had to endure, or the months of working a second shift to afford the trip. What you see on social media is often the end result of a contrived, perfectly angled, filtered version of reality. It is not the whole truth and is rarely an accurate depiction of a person’s lifestyle.
Be In The Moment. It may sound cliche, but appreciate your journey and where you are in this moment. If you decided to pass on dinner with your friends, there must be a valid reason. Remember that reason and be happy that you have the willpower to know your limits whether it be your energy or your wallet.
If you’re seeing everyone out at something you were not invited to, then realize it wasn’t meant for you to be there. Who are you with right now? Enjoy them. What do you have going on? It might not be Instagram-worthy, but it’s still a valid experience — just not one that needs to be validated by likes or comments.
Use It As Inspiration. Maybe you come across something you admire on your feed. That can serve as fuel for you to up the ante in your own life or career. Instead of allowing the feeling to serve as a source of fear or jealousy, let the moments serve as visual proof that achieving a dream is possible.
With the advent of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, it’s easier and easier for celebrities to stay connected with their fans 24/7. But while some celebrities are naturally more entertaining than others, the rest of the bunch can just be downright hard to follow either because of their bad grammar, boring content, or ignorant commentary.
Florida rapper Plies dropped out of high school to follow his dreams. He founded his own independent label with his stepbrother but Plies was hesitant to become a rapper and preferred to stay behind the scenes. Releasing several mixtapes and albums on his own Plies may be best known for his guest feature on Ludacris’ “Nasty Girl.” He may also be best known for getting nasty on twitter. Not only are his tweets raunchy, they’re grossly misspelled. His most recent PG-rated tweets include: I Gotta Stop Getting Drunk And Callin A Bihh Late Nite… I Be Out Dere 2 Bad” and “Chase Tha Money An Not Da Hoes…”
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You know we love us some Tracee Ellis Ross around here. And so we have to admit that we’re all for her self love. She took to Facebook and Instagram to celebrate what her momma gave her. The booty. Now, Tracee hasn’t been shy about celebrating her backside bountifulness but she wanted to do it a classy way.
Here’s what she had to say.
I’m not the type to post booty pics…I love my body but I try not to objectify it! But today I wanna…so I made a damn collage! The pic on the right made me nauseous the first time I saw it. I thought my face looked crazy but the pic is always popping up somewhere so I’m embracing it…crazy eyes, bra bulge and all!!! #IWokeUpLikeThis#FeelingFrisky #Freedom2014
Can you feel Tracee on this celebration of her body? Which parts of your body do you love to celebrate without objectifying?
In this day and age with Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and a whole bunch of other social media sites, the old faithful, Facebook can get kind of lost in the shuffle. After weeks if not months of Facebook-less internet surfing, you might be asking yourself why am I still on Facebook? Well my friends, let me break it down for you.