Teens, Interrupted Cellular devices & da social meeds

#SelfieStruggle

At the tender age of twelve, Holly Springs, a seventh grade student at Piermont Middle School in Michigan, received her first smartphone. Well, to be more precise, her first smartphone that would properly capture the perfect selfie.

Springs, Holly, Age 12
“There’s nothing more important than having a phone that can be sharp enough to show your sculpted contour.”

Springs continues on to explain the level of complexity that goes into taking one of these selfies. “It is an art form,” says one of Spring’s fellow classmates. At any time, in any place, you have to have an eye for the perfect lighting. Out to dinner with the fam at your local McDonald’s? A true selfie master would see this as opportunity to show off their highlight while also displaying how cute they look while enjoying a McNugget.

“With enough dedication and perseverance, anyone can take a good selfie. But it’s a God-given talent to take a #wcw worthy selfie,” Springs states.

Springs could not be more apt in this statement. There is a great disparity between those who have only just grasped the basics, and those who have the remarkable gift to see the world through a Valencia filter. The protocol of selfie-taking itself is something that requires true skill and precision. First, you must have in mind what your selfie aesthetic will be for any given day. Clothing and makeup must correlate with your personal ambience, the weather. After highlighting your face to heaven— Springs recommends that your cheekbones should be visible from the moon, at absolute minimum— you have to not only take into account lighting, but the angles. For the unskilled selfie taker, this can prove to be disastrous.

Spring’s father, Martin, who served in Iraq and lost his left arm in battle, expresses his concerns over his daughter’s risky practice.

“It’s a dangerous thing really,” he says, stroking the numb of his arm. “A poor angle or lighting can turn her from Demi to Poot. And then, her life would be destroyed. Something as simple as snapping a photo can be the difference between social life and social death. For some people, it turns deadly.”

For Spring’s older sister, Melissa, this is a consequence she faced not too long ago.

Springs, Melissa, Age 16

“I had been working on taking my good night selfie,” she begins.

The memory is so traumatizing, Melissa had to take several breaks while explaining the event.

“I had just altered my makeup to make sure I looked natural, but still sculpted. Then, I went to the bathroom for decent lighting. As I tilted my head 20 degrees and puckered my lips for a subtle duckface,” she pauses, leaving us on halted breath. “I felt a slight pop in my neck. Next thing I knew, I had pulled a muscle and had to miss a good night selfie on Instagram, breaking my streak.”

Remarkably, Melissa remains strong and regularly updates her social meeds with recovery photos until she can get back in the game.

This goes to show that the generation that keeps their eyes glued to the phone, taking pictures of themselves at any place, any time, are artists who risk their lives for their craft. There is truly nothing more inspiring and admirable that the #selfiestruggle.

-Jaclyn Taylor, Editor [Teens, Interrupted]

Txting, #1

Us, teens, have 2 much stuff 2 deal with and not enough time. Txting is our #1 concern, tbh. But there is a downfall 2 txting ppl. IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME N ENERGY! Our thumbs get 2 tired, that we sometimes have 2 use our other fingers 2 txt. There is no need to write or type full words when u can just get around them with a simple abbreviation. It is just wasting our time trying 2 type everything. Btw it makes u a faster typer or speaker. U can js "g.t.g" instead of saying " I have to go" when you need 2 leave a conversation or u have 2 go somewhere. TBH its way more fun and so easy. Like u don’t have 2 worry about spelling and all that dum stuff. Yea, ur english teacher might complain if u use it in class,but she understood what u said, js. As long as she understands then u r all good.

For example:

Us, teens, have 2 much stuff 2 deal with and not enough time. Txting is our #1 concern, tbh. But there is a downfall 2 txting ppl. IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME N ENERGY! Our thumbs get 2 tired, that we sometimes have 2 use our other fingers 2 txt. There is no need to write or type full words when u can just get around them with a simple abbreviation. It is just wasting our time trying 2 type everything. Btw it makes u a faster typer or speaker. U can js "g.t.g" instead of saying " I have to go" when you need 2 leave a conversation or u have 2 go somewhere. TBH its way more fun and so easy. Like u don’t have 2 worry about spelling and all that dum stuff. Yea, ur english teacher might complain if u use it in class,but she understood what u said, js. As long as she understands then u r all good.

For example:

Us, teens, have 2 much stuff 2 deal with and not enough time. Txting is our #1 concern, tbh. But there is a downfall 2 txting ppl. IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME N ENERGY! Our thumbs get 2 tired, that we sometimes have 2 use our other fingers 2 txt. There is no need to write or type full words when u can just get around them with a simple abbreviation. It is just wasting our time trying 2 type everything. Btw it makes u a faster typer or speaker. U can js "g.t.g" instead of saying " I have to go" when you need 2 leave a conversation or u have 2 go somewhere. TBH its way more fun and so easy. Like u don’t have 2 worry about spelling and all that dum stuff. Yea, ur english teacher might complain if u use it in class,but she understood what u said, js. As long as she understands then u r all good.

For example:

totes ez

In the txt above u can see how 2 ppl understand each other perfectly wen using abbreviation. It is easy and simple to use. Btw Sometimes there is more than 1 meaning 2 the abbreviation u use. Like OMG! YOU GET 2 IN 1! Its like BOGOF. U just have 2 understand what the other person is trying to say. Sometimes abbreviation adds hippieness or excitement 2 sad situations like this:

sad

Just give it try n ur world will be perfect.

- Juan Lindero, Columnist [Teens, Interrupted]

-Belen Juarez, Comics [Teens, Interrupted]

How to Use Instagram

In today's world it is very hard for a regular high school student to achieve the desired goal of having the most followers and likes on Instagram. There are many steps that allow even the unhappiest and lamest people to seem as though they have the coolest life. I'm going to teach you today how to gain the most followers and gets the most likes on your Instagram account.

To gain the most followers on Instagram you want to let people know that you do follow for a follow back. This allows people to know that if they follow you, you'll follow them back so it’s a win-win for everyone. You could even put it in your bio to let everyone that looks at your profile know how gracious you are. Along with having more followers you gain more friends. You can start to feel a personal connection with all your followers and the loving feeling of how special they make you feel when they like your newest post of your breakfast taco and comment on your very cleaver caption.

To get the most likes, this is the most important part, you have to make sure your pictures are totes amazing. Your angle and lighting have to be on point and your caption can make or break your picture. Personally, I have always liked to use puns in my captions. Everyone loves a good pun that can make them smile. I like to remind people how creative and funny I am. Now, for the picture, you have to post at least once a day to keep your fans and followers updated. You can post pictures of every meal you eat and your OOTD (outfit of the day). Now taking the picture is the hardest part. You have to follow these steps:

1. Put your subject in the center of the picture

2. Use the whole frame

3. You must make sure that you benefit from the area around you

4. Make sure your angles and lighting is perfect but keep in mind that we can edit the picture

5. Now you have to edit your final picture to really give it that artistic. The want a lot of vibrant colors to make your picture pop and stand out when someone is going through their feed.

The more people that are captivated by your wonderful picture the more likes you will get and the more likes you get the more likely people will follow you. Now you are ready to get the most possible likes on every post and allow everyone to see how incredible your fun filled life is.

-Tatum Sanderson, Columnist [Teens, Interrupted]

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