Twitter Magnetism

Magnet

When I think of magnet, I think of attraction, drawing close/near to something or someone, and unable to stay away. The latter is the most interesting. ‘Unable to stay away’ suggests an addiction, a problem.

People say things like “can’t stay away from the water” and “can’t stay away from Twitter.” Here are some examples of the use of “can’t stay away from Twitter” –
(1) Article: Holidaying politicians can’t stay away from Twitter, by Newton Emerson, available at: http://www.irishnews.com/opinion/columnists/2016/08/27/news/holidaying-politicians-can-t-stay-away-from-twitter-668371/.
(2) Article: Donald Trump’s Son Can’t Stay Away From Twitter Right Now And It’s Getting Messy As Hell, by Fortesa Latifi, available at: http://thoughtcatalog.com/fortesa-latifi/2017/06/donald-trumps-son-cant-stay-away-from-twitter-right-now-and-its-getting-messy-as-hell/.
(3) Article: Iggy Can’t Stay Away From Twitter, available at: http://magic1067.com/2015/05/05/iggy-cant-stay-away-from-twitter/.
(4) Article: Despite resolve,SRK can’t stay away from Twitter, by Anita Aikara, available at: http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-others/despite-resolve-srk-cant-stay-away-from-twitter/.
The fourth article reported that “Shah Rukh Khan, who had tried really hard to stay away from Twitter, is back on the social networking site.” Twitter seems to have some pull that draws people to it. It affects people in different countries and different cultures.

Patrick Garratt wrote an interesting article on his Twitter addiction (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/patrick-garratt/twitter-addictions-more-difficult-to-quit-than-drugs_b_1305760.html). Apparently, Twitter can be as addictive as drugs. As someone who is online a lot, I can relate. I use Facebook and other social media accounts to keep my family updated (I live very far away and sometimes my phone does not work). I am not addicted to Twitter, Facebook, or any of my other online accounts though. I believe this is mainly because:
(1) I do not select the ‘keep me logged in’ option. I like to log in and check my accounts periodically (similar to email). I am more productive this way.
(2) My social media accounts are not my main news source(s). I don’t need to know what everyone is doing. CNN or other headline news can provide the information I need.

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Unexpected lifestyle changes

via Daily Prompt: Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Lifestyle refers to the way a person, group of people, or culture lives (Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifestyle). Everyone wants to achieve an excellent lifestyle. People leave countries in pursuit of a better way of life. My parents, for example, left Guyana, South America hoping to earn more, achieve more, and so on in the United States.

Over my 40 years, I have experienced a lot of “lifestyles”, some good, some not-so-good. The changes started very early in my life. At age 9, I secured a spot at a top, boarding school in my country of birth, Guyana, South America. Back then, the school selected students from the top performers at the Secondary School Entrance Exam (called “Common Entrance”). At the school, I experienced the lifestyle of what I describe as a special, young person being trained for something important. We had top teachers. We learned karate, horse-riding, and so on. After that school, I moved on to university/college. There, I lived the lifestyle of a busy college student without a lot of financial resources.

When I entered the workforce (in the U.S.), my lifestyle changed again. I was happy that I was earning income and could afford to buy myself nice things. I remember some short trips/vacations I had. I traveled to Canada because I got a good package deal online. I traveled to New York. I traveled to Chicago, and so on. Unfortunately, I did not always have an income, i.e. a continuous income stream. I lost jobs a few times. At one point, I hit the rock bottom – with lots of debt and no money. I rolled with the punches and managed to survive.

Most people think of a lifestyle change as a change for the better – a change to a better way of life or a change to achieve something in particular. But, it goes the other way too. For those who have achieved a certain lifestyle, the struggle is to maintain it. Things can change quickly and it may not be your fault. For example, what if a serious accident leaves you with a serious problem (an accident caused by another driver – that was not your fault!). Some of us do our best, trust in Almighty God and hope for the best.

Sayings and culture

via Daily Prompt: Zip
Zip

You have probably heard the saying or idiom “put a lid on it!” It is used to tell others to stop talking (see: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Put+a+lid+on+it!). Have you heard of “zip it” or “you better zip that”? Those are less popular ways to say the same thing. “Zip it” reminds me of a particular teacher in my country of birth –
Guyana, A CARICOM country (more information at: https://www.pinterest.com/fahmeenaodetta/caricom-caribbean-community-guyana-other-caribbean/) –  who frequently told her students to “zip” some bad behavior.

Sayings such as “zip it,” “beat around the bush”, or “skirt the issue” and are more popular in foreign countries than in the United States. I rarely hear those sayings in the U.S. I grew up in an environment where people regularly added zippers to skirts, pants, purses, bags, and so on.  I do not believe zippers are as common in the U.S. A common product that includes the word “zip” is the ziplock bag, but it is associated more with storage rather than closing or stopping.

Avid interest

via Daily Prompt: Avid
Avid

Some (or maybe most) people don’t immediately know what they are interested in. They struggle to make decisions such as: (1) the major for their undergraduate or graduate studies, and (2) research topics – what their research should focus on. It takes them a while to understand themselves. Sometimes, they make the wrong decisions and they, of course, adjust as necessary.

People should pay attention to what perks their interest and what they could listen to or work on for hours and hours without getting bored or feeling tired. They have an avid interest in those things. Those are things or areas they should pursue avidly.

Recently, I stumbled upon such a topic: the use of social media for transparency (more information at: http://qualresearchdesignmoorefo1.blogspot.com/2017/02/work-today.html). I gravitated towards the topic and wanted to learn more. And, as I found and read articles, I became more interested and wanted to learn even more. I think the topic is a “good match” for me. My blogging my school provides transparency into my activities and work (for my online classes, I enter information on library searches, preparation of drafts, and so on in blogs). Just yesterday, I wondered what kids could teach us about transparency. I created a new Pinterest board/category ‘Kids Say Darnest Things’ to investigate. (My related Twitter post: https://twitter.com/moorefo1/status/856207397060259842)
An avid interest indeed!

When things go wrong

via Daily Prompt: Unravel

Unravel

4/11/2017

Life sometimes gets complicated. The complications may be due to a serious accident, layoff from a job, sudden illness, natural disaster or other event. These things usually occur unexpectedly and can derail a life or cause it to unravel.

I know how it feels to be jobless with little funds/money. And, even after contacting more than 50 companies, you still do not have a job. You feel vulnerable, helpless, even angry. Why am I in this situation? Why is this happening to me? What am I going to do? It feels like things have (life has) unraveled.
In times like these, it is difficult to hold it together and carry on. But, you need to keep at it. You need to be disciplined. You need to be keep your hopes up. It is difficult, but it can be done.

Fahmeena Odetta Moore (Twitter: @moorefo1)
Student

(https://fahmeenaodetta1.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/responses-to-prompts-and-challenges/)

Response to Daily Post Prompt – When things go wrong

4/11/2017

Life sometimes gets complicated. The complications may be due to a serious accident, layoff from a job, sudden illness, natural disaster or other event. These things usually occur unexpectedly and can derail a life or cause it to unravel.

I know how it feels to be jobless with little funds/money. And, even after contacting more than 50 companies, you still do not have a job. You feel vulnerable, helpless, even angry. Why am I in this situation? Why is this happening to me? What am I going to do? It feels like things have (life has) unraveled.
In times like these, it is difficult to hold it together and carry on. But, you need to keep at it. You need to be disciplined. You need to be keep your hopes up. It is difficult, but it can be done.

Fahmeena Odetta Moore (Twitter: @moorefo1)
Student