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Cyberbullying and Miscommunication on the Internet.

Electronic devices have taken away our ability to communicate properly with one another. It’s just so easy to hide behind a screen and say anything. Behind that screen, we can be anyone we want to be, say anything we want to say and actually feel safe while doing it. What we don’t realize is while we’re enjoying the freedom we get this way, we end up hurting other people. Sometimes it’s intentional. No one can catch you if you sit behind a computer screen and say harsh things to people so you feel the need to do it. Sometimes, you just feel so secure behind the screen that your darkest thoughts come to the surface. You end up being your worst self. Cyberbullies might just be sweet, caring people in real life. You never know.

Social media is a major zone for cyberbullying. The comments section is where most of it seems to happen. The victims are threatened, humiliated or harassed over the internet, but they can’t admit that they’ve been bullied online. The internet can do a whole lot of damage. Technology gives people a whole new platform to destroy each other. Humans are destructive creatures and we will never stop trying to hurt each other.

But people on the internet might say things they don’t mean or have their words interpreted in the wrong way. The internet causes so many misunderstandings that would never happen in a real life conversations. It’s amazing how your voice tone or facial expressions or physical gestures contribute so much to a conversation and prevent misinterpretation of anything you say. Why can’t people just talk things out face to face or over the phone? They could avoid a whole lot of nonsense.

Now that I’m talking about this, I should say that I was one of those people who sit behind the screen of their device and say and do the worst things. I acted out at some of my best friends and insulted them and I didn’t even realize what I’d done until it was too late. It’s weird how I transformed into a completely different person behind that screen. No one knew who I was anymore. It took me a lot of time to realize that I didn’t know either. I was just consumed by that other person. The Mr. Hyde to my Dr. Jekyll. The internet seems to bring out the worst in me. I’m angrier and ruder and just plain horrible. After it’s over, I play victim every single time. But I was never a victim. I was a perpetrator amd I’m obviously not proud of it.

I think important conversations shouldn’t be had on the internet. People have to watch what they say and make sure they don’t completely change into someone they don’t know. State your opinions, but don’t hurt anyone in the process of proving yourself right. Everyone you know loves the person you are in real life. Nobody likes the evil person behind the screen. 

The internet might seem like the best invention in the world, but it’s flawed, just like anything else. Don’t let it turn you into something you’re not because you might end up losing something important to you. And don’t ever say anything that could hurt someone you didn’t intend to hurt. Rude things you say on the internet seem right when you’re not the one getting hurt. Cyberbullying can even cause victims to want to kill themselves. And the bullies don’t even seem to realize they’re hurting someone quite badly. If we actually got it into our heads that it’s not okay to hurt someone online because no one can see or hear us, we might have a chance at stopping Cyberbullying. 

 

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A letter to my worst enemy.

Dear Math,

I’ve spent years struggling to keep up with your problems. It only gets harder every year. I knew I hated you from the very beginning. I just wasn’t sure why, until I started to realize that you hated me too. 

You made it easy for other people to solve your problems, but it was always difficult for me. I ended up spending so much time trying to understand why you needed other people to find you solutions. I’m still waiting for the day when solving your problems will actually benefit me in some way. I don’t even get paid for it! You have way too many problems and I’m just not the right person to solve them. I don’t understand why you can’t just grow up and solve them yourself! I think you decided that I wouldn’t succeed when you first met me and you decided to increase the difficulty of your problems so I would just quit.

Your plan actually worked! Every single time I get stuck, I quit. The only drawback for you is that I’m forced to resume trying to find your solutions and your ‘x’. Your ‘x’ clearly doesn’t want to be found by me. Neither does your ‘y’ or your ‘a’ or any of your other variables.

I wish you would just let me win for once. If you did that, I would leave you and never bother you again. Just let go of your ego for once and I’ll let go of mine. Let’s not indulge our mutual hatred and lose our chance to be rid of each other. I hope you consider this. I will see you very soon. Until then, goodbye.

Yours sincerely,

                          grammarprincess31  

My anti-bucket list

Here’s a list of things I never want to do while I’m alive.

  • Run a marathon(Why does anyone do it?)
  • Get piercings (I already have ear piercings, but those don’t count.)
  • Give up coffee
  • Do drugs (You probably saw that coming.)
  • Spell ‘life’ as ‘lyf’ while messaging someone (There are more examples for that kind of abuse of the English language. I can’t handle any of them.)
  • Shoot an animal
  • Go on a diet(I love to eat. A diet isn’t even possible for me.)
  • Be invisible
  • Write a test for fun (Whoever does that should get a life, but that’s just my opinion.)
  • Go on a road trip alone
  • Become a rich snob (I’d rather be broke.)
  • Lose someone/something I love

    Is it possible to be selfless?

    Most people are selfish. There are also some people who do incredible selfless things for other beings. Are they really selfless though? Someone once told me that people may pretend to care a lot about the ones they love, but in the end, they only care about themselves. I’ve always been an incredibly selfish person. I had a reason for every stupid thing I did, but I also started to question the reason behind every nice thing I did for someone. I realized that I had a selfish motive behind everything I did. 

    Maybe I do good things expecting a ‘thank you’ in return so that I feel like they owe me something and I can use it as leverage later. Sometimes I do those things just because I want to make a better image for myself. Either way, I do it because I think that it’ll benefit me in some way. I noticed that if I didn’t get thanked for something I did for someone, I wasn’t satisfied. I started to think. What if every good deed, every work of charity, every sacrifice is made so that the doer benefits from it,whether he realizes it or not? 

    If you say that there really are selfless people who do things exclusively for other people and not themselves, I don’t think there are. Sometimes they don’t even know that they’re helping someone for themselves until the need arises for them to use the receiver’s gratitude to their advantage. If you talk about religious people who do charitable deeds all the time, they’re doing it because they think it will get them closer to God. If there is an extraordinary politician doing good things, he just wants people to vote for him in the next elections. He’ll probably become a part of the politician stereotype and be a fraud after he’s won the elections. 

    Everything a person does is for more money, a better image, a better life, better relations with family, a better anything which will benefit him in some way or the other, even if it is minute.  Humans were made selfish and there is no exception to that. Every selfless act is hiding a selfish motive. It’s not humanly possible to be selfless.

    Now that I’ve popped this idea into your head, I hope you don’t waste too much time looking for the motive behind everything someone does for you. I do think it would be interesting to look for your own motives. You might be surprised by what you find.

    British or American?

    This is just something I can’t make up my mind about. British accent or American accent? Is it better to sound glamorous with an American accent or sophisticated with a British accent? The American accent would make you sound like someone who is comfortable everywhere and keeps up with global trends. The British accent makes you sound like someone who enjoys the finer things in life and is well respected. It’s kind of difficult to pick.

     It’s funny how there’s always some sort of a competition between things British and things American. I honestly don’t think I should ever be forced to choose between the two because they’re both great! You might argue that one of them is easier to understand, but I think they’re equally comprehensible. So getting back to the question : the British accent or the American accent?

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    The Departed (Movie Review)

    The Departed- trailer

    One of my favourite movies is ‘The Departed’. It came out in 2006 and the cast includes Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Leonardo Di Caprio, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga and some other people (Just because I’m not mentioning their names, it doesn’t mean they aren’t important). It’s a thrilling crime drama that had me hooked from beginning to end. I’m pretty sure I’ve watched it more number of times than I can count. 

    The film is set in Boston and revolves around the Irish-American mob and organized crime. The State Police are after one such mobster, Frank Costello( Jack Nicholson). Two of the cops recruit Billy Costigan (Leonardo Di Caprio) before he graduates from the Police Academy and send him undercover to infiltrate Costello’s gang. Little do they know that Costello has one of his own spies in the Special Investigations Unit of the State Police. Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), Costello’s informant, quicky rises up in his position in the Special Investigations Unit and keeps Costello always one step ahead of the Police. Billy, on the other hand earns the trust of Costello and the other members of the gang and starts informing the cops about everything. It later becomes clear to both, Costello and the cops, that they have a mole in their midst. Billy and Colin are suddenly in a race to uncover and expose each other’s identities to protect themselves.

    The plot is captivating and the incredibly interesting characters are played by some of my favourite actors. It’s the sort of movie which won’t let you leave your seat until you’re done watching it. I kind of love Martin Scorsese because of this movie. If thrillers are your thing, it’s a must watch.