As 2015 draws to a close, it’s easy to look back and see a year marked by darkness. When so much of modern life takes place on the internet, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the endless cycle of news and information–especially if the majority of your responsibilities require you to be online. “Be a positive force in a world that’s often a chaotic mess of negativity.” – @stephkaysharp Click To Tweet While it can be tempting to bury your head in the sand, it’s easier than you might think to remain both informed on the news and care for your own soul while you’re at it. Better yet, you can be a positive force in a world that’s often a chaotic mess of negativity. RELATED: 25 Ways to Be a Better Human Today So from my experience as a journalist and–more importantly–as one of the billions of humans on this planet,
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Left Shark, escaping llamas, and #thedress have left us glued to our screens, tapping away on keyboards, and aching for more interaction. It’s human nature to want to be part of something bigger than ourselves and these trivial trending topics have given us a space to do just that. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t add up to much – and I know you felt that as you woke up this morning, half ashamed and thinking “I can’t believe I defended the color of a dress last night.” It’s time to start having conversations that count. It’s time to be catalysts for change. You have more to offer the world than weekly Bachelor live tweets and callous complaints about the barista that got your order wrong. We need more from you. The world needs to hear what you’re passionate about and what you value. We need you
You wake up, look at your Twitter follower count and realize that the number still hasn’t gone up. You’re frustrated because you know potential employers check social media accounts to see which candidates have more influence. A quick Google search shows that you can buy thousands of followers for as little as $5! Sure, they’ll be eggs and not real people but that’s a deal you can’t pass up, right? Wrong. The only place you should buy eggs for under $5 is the grocery store. Never buy Twitter followers and here are a few reasons why: 1.) Twitter is based off of interaction and fake followers can’t engage. Twitter is supposed to be a dialogue, not a monologue. If none of your followers are real, there will be no one to retweet and favorite your content. There will be no interaction between you and your followers for others to see
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