Category Archives: Technology

Social Media: Harmless Fun or Mind Control

If you have been on any of your social network sites anytime today or last night, I am sure you are familiar with the infamous white and gold (or black and blue) dress. This dress has caused endless discussion and/or debates all across the world of social media in less than a day. The fact that the color of a dress can spark so much attention is just proof of how powerful social media really is.Untitled-12-660x334

It makes you wonder, does social media control our minds? Every time something is posted that sparks the interest of many, it becomes a social media phenomenon! It is quite obvious that is does not take much for us to be glued to our phones, from the hottest celebrity gossip to something as small as a dress. Social media can be fun and also helpful for networking; however, it is a little scary to see how much buzz was generated over a dress. Granted, this was a test to reveal the differences in how people see images. Nevertheless, this dress took on a life of its own due to how fast we circulate information on these sites. It went from one simple post asking what color do you think the dress is to the creation of memes, heated debates, and questioning whether your vision is up to par or not. social_media_strategy111

That brings me back to the question about mind control. We view these “trending topics” as ways to have harmless fun on social media, but it makes you wonder if it is more to that. Are we “puppets” for social media? It only takes one thing to trigger something in our brains that tells us to join in the “fun” surrounding a particular topic. Is it really just fun or is it proof that social media is gradually altering the way we think? The power of social media is a phenomenal thing; however, it does cause some to reevaluate how much it impacts our minds. No matter what, social media is only going to continuously grow. Only time will tell if our minds are being affected with this growth.

Michaela C., Associate Editor

Follow Directions or Your Phone Will Blow Up

Actual photo of the burned phone.
Actual photo of the burned phone.

In Texas, a 13-year-old girl slept as her Samsung Galaxy S4 caught fire. Her pillow, sheets and mattress were also destroyed. While Samsung vowed to replace everything, this raises questions on whether or not it is wise for people to ignore the user guides that come with our newly-purchased phones.

In Samsung’s defense, the Galaxy S4 user guide warns consumers that if their units are covered by bedding or other material, choked-off airflow could cause a fire.

But how many S4 users actually read this warning?

I’m guilty of tossing my user guide to the side whenever I get a new phone or device. I always figured that since I’m a “hands on” learner, I don’t need to read the instructions. I’ll figure it out on my own.

Also, there are nights when I put my phone on the charger and let it sit on my bed. Sometimes, I’ll wake up to it being fully charged under my pillow. I never thought twice about it leading to combustion.

I think it’s safe to say that, even though this particular incident is uncommon, read the directions on your user guide for whatever it is you purchase. The guide has valuable information about how to keep your device in good shape and prevent damaging it.

It’s also worth mentioning that the battery found in the girl’s phone was a replacement battery, not a Samsung battery. Stick to products made for your phone, especially batteries. The brand makes their products designed specifically for your device, so technically, the brand’s products are the only products compatible with your device.

“But what about chargers?”

As long as the chargers fit, they will work. However, if you use a generic or universal charger for your device, it may not perform the same as the one designed for your brand. Your device may charge slowly, or your phone may constantly overheat.

Lastly, don’t “test” your device if you know you may not be able to replace it yourself. In other words, don’t read the directions, then decide to do the opposite of what they say “to see what will happen,” and expect your insurance or warranty to cover whatever you did to your phone or device. There are restrictions on what they will and will not cover. Read the terms and conditions thoroughly.

 

Raena, Editor-in-Chief

New Technology: Introducing, LuxEvents!

Check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with Wendell Cole, founder of LuxEvents!

LuxEvents is a new app set to launch on June 27, 2014. A launch party will be held at Sledge Lounge located on 4186 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. Cole expresses that he wants everyone to utilize LuxEvents. His main goal is to get people to connect with one another.

“I really want people to be connected with [events] that are going on. I just want people to go out and be able to meet other people, and have a good time,” he said.

LuxEvents will be available for Android and iPhone.