this is what i just picked up from the grocery store. it cost $32. Thirty. two. dollars. for 1 pineapple, 2 bags of grapes, a small container of raspberries, 1 soft drink and 2/$1 nuts….
do you know how much junk food i could have for $32? do you have any clue how much McDonald’s you can get for $32?
stop shaming fat people poorer than you or people poorer than you in general for not eating healthier. stop lying about how cheap it is or how it’s comparable to fast food. just stop.
@darrenmcmullen: Home of the brave…someone forgot to tell those Giants players. Bless.
Kate was always more like a sister to me.
Dear Therapists, Doctors and Counselors everywhere: I regret to inform you, but the Internet is real.
Yes, friendships on the internet are real. Bonds are formed. Common interests are explored. Support is mutually given and recieved.
Romance on the internet is real. People meet through any forum from Eharmony to World of Warcraft. Then, for whatever reason, the relationship blossoms and they decide to fly half way around the world and get married.
The bullying, harassment and terrorism is also real. When we recieve messages that tell us to go kill ourselves, we genuinely feel sad and bad because those messages are real. When we recieve threats that someone is going to rape us or burn our house down, we feel the amount of stress and fear that is appropriate for recieving those threats face-to-face.
The internet is real. As technology becomes integrated with our lives, it will only become ever more real. No, we can’t just “quit the internet” to focus on our “real lives” because, sadly, the internet is real. As employers increasingly ask us to put our resumes online, as jobs require us to have smartphones and email contact 24/7, as universities offer correspondance courses, and goods and services are paid for with Paypal or Bitcoin, the internet has proven itself to be a very real form of interaction.
The Internet is like real life, with good people and bad people and job opportunities and scams all rolled into one very new form of communication!
Please stop telling us to “just quit the internet” to solve our problems.
Young People Everywhere
I don’t know why it’s signed by “Young People Everywhere”.
I’ve been on the Internet for decades, since I was in my teens. I’ve had a mobile phone intermittently for over 25 years, and constantly (minus one six-month period) for 22. I’ve had a mobile emailing device for 14 years and a phone with a camera on it for at least ten.
It’s been almost 14 years since I first dealt with a frightening troll and ten years last month since I first dealt with what felt like stalking (although I later learned that the stalky posts were by someone I then thought was a friend).
This month marks twenty years since Friends debuted on NBC and inspired a mailing list out of Dartmouth University; in February, I’m getting together in Vegas for a massive party that’ll include vow renewals between people who met via that list, and I’ll get to meet tweens who were born because their parents met because of that list; I’ll meet friends I’ve known for decades who I haven’t hugged in person yet.
My iPhone isn’t a distraction; it’s the keeper of my information and a lot lighter than the Filofax I carried everywhere in college and law school - and a lot more interactive and informational than the Palm Pilot I got in 1997. It holds my music and books, photos of my kids as babies and last week, directions, menus and recipes, and the ability to access and do so many things - and record them, forever.
I see articles and self-care tumblr posts and tweets exhorting me to get offline and get into the real world.
To paraphrase Snape from a completely unrelated context, “I see no difference” between “online” and IRL. For some, there may be, but for me, and I know for many of you, it’s all The Real World.
Ally A Saves the Day…
When I find the perfect rock on the ground to add to my rock collection