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Snapchat: a kid’s dream and a parent’s nightmare

People take a photo following the Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2015 collection show during New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of New York September 7, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri) Like a cupcake, a snapchat is always good to see and quickly disappears. Not to be confused with a snapback, Snapchat is an app to be abused and a snapback is a stylish hat to wear.

So what is Snapchat? Snapchat is an app that allows you to send spontaneous photos of you or your surroundings with a caption to your friends. These photos disappear within ten seconds of the friend opening them, requiring them to keep their finger on the screen to continue to see the photo. While an individual snapchat to a person disappears after ten seconds, one can make a story for your profile that does not disappear for 24 hours. This story is a series of photos or videos that give your friends a glimpse into your life. However, like other social media platforms, someone can give the false impression that they are cooler than Kanye when in reality they are lamer than Nickelback, so caution is necessary.

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Russell Brand: just say no to porn

Actor/comedian Russell Brand talks about the harmful effects of porn and how it alters ideas and perceptions about sex, drawing from science, research, and examples from his own life (Credit: Russell Brand via Youtube) Like the weather, Fifty Shades of Grey is taking center stage in many conversations. Some are whimsically endorsing it, others are adamantly rejecting it, and Russell Brand is unexpectedly expounding upon it. Using Fifty Shades as a launch point, Brand has made news recently with his YouTube video that talks about the destructive nature of porn and the effects it has on future relationships.

Who is Russell Brand? The ex-husband of Katy Perry, Brand is known for his candid remarks, intellectual wit, and ladies' man tendencies. Starring in such films as Get Him to the Greek, Despicable Me, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Russell Brand is a star that hopes to shine a light on the darkness of the pornographic industry. This is partly what makes his video so fascinating.

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Millenials: Why aren’t they married yet?

Thousands of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris February 13, 2014 on the eve of Valentine's Day (Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau) "So did you have a special Valentine's date this year?"  That question drives a stake through the heart of most single adults born after 1980.  "Any wedding bells in your future?"  That is the question that keeps most young adults from visiting relatives.   They sit in the car both dreading and rehearsing answers to this question before they come in for Thanksgiving dinner.  It is a crushing question, but it is an interesting one, is it not?

According to research from Dr. Susan Whitbourne and Dr. Jeffrey Arnett on studies of college students and how they grow up, there are historically four indicators of adulthood: having a job, buying a home, getting married, and having a child.  What is interesting is that over the last fifty years the average age when someone completes each of these has risen by nearly ten years.  In 1965 the average age that someone had a job, bought a home, got married, and had a child was 21.  That age is now 30.   That is an increase of 9 years in less than two generations.  So why is that?

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