The Negative Effects of Social Media to Teenagers

Do you have a teenager?  Do you police their use of social media or limit how much time they spend on social sites?  We are pleased to provide this guest post by Agnes Embile Jimenez, a blogger that does work with The Family Compass

The Negative Effects of Social Media to Teenagers

Whether we choose to admit it or not, social media may produce a plethora of negative effects on teenagers today. With the Internet and smart phone, they have constant access to social media networks. Although many parents dismiss their teenager’s issues as part of the adolescent stage, they need to accept the fact that their teens may be going through more than they let on. Here are a few of the possible adverse effects that social media may cause on teens.

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Memorial Day – Thank You

This Memorial Day, just like every Memorial Day since I can remember, I plan to spend some time being thankful.  Thankful for those that have served and sacrificed so much. Thankful for the families, wifes, husbands and children left behind after a soldier made the ultimate sacrifice. Thinking about the parents that opened the door to find a Military Officer and Chaplain standing on the doorstep, and knowing what that meant without a word being spoken. 

Thankful for my dad, George W. Lusher, who served in the Army and Army reserve. Thankful for my Uncle Sam (real name) who served in the Marines. Thankful for the multitude of friends, relatives and complete strangers that faced death, gave their life and sacriiced their past so that I could have a future.

I have posted some Memorial Day photos from various sources on Pinterest:  Thank You To Those That Serve & Sacrifice.

I encourage us all to be thankful today, but do what you want to do. They fought and sacrificed for our freedom so that we can spend this day and ever day doing just that; what we want.

Thank you, God Bless America.

George William Lusher

Relaxation

If you search Google for a definition for the word relaxation, here are two options that you will find: 

1.  The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed.

2.  Refreshment of body or mind; recreation.

Good definitions; here is mine:

We all have different forms of relaxation, but the older I become (insert age joke here), the more I realize the importance of relaxation.

My wife can attest to the fact that when we get away or take time off for vacation, I relax more than I did years ago.  There was a time, when I was in sales, that I was a slave to my cell phone and computer while on vacation.  Not so much anymore.  That doesn’t mean I do not keep up with reading or working for my clients if necessary while I’m away; I do, but I take the time to make sure I disconnect and relax.

A friend of mine will not leave his business behind and go away. He literally feels like it won’t survive without him.  To me, that is sad on several different levels.  He hasn’t built a trust level with anyone that can run his business in his absence and he believes that he is the business. Due to these factors, he rarely takes any time off. 

Our minds, our bodies, our spirits need to disconect. We need to stop thinking and just be at times. For me, as the photo indicates, that includes staring at the water, or listening to the waves.  I’ve always believed that the sounds of nature are better than any electronic sound manufactured by man.

So, my advice to one and all is to relax.  Whatever that means to you. Read a book, take a walk, get on a cruise ship with no Internet connectivity or just unplug for a day.  You may be amazed at how refereshed you become after relaxing.

How do you prefer to relax?

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3 Focused Words for 2012

2012

For several years now, I have followed and consumed most of the writings of Chris Brogan. Working in marketing and social media, Chris is a wealth of information.  However, to me,  the nuggets of wisdom on life, work and other topics are just as valuable.

Each January Chris publishes via his blog his three words for the year.  Chris does this to encourage himself and others to use these words to focus on defining goals for the year instead of making New Years Resolutions. If your curious about his post for this year, check out My 3 Words for 2012.

I also read a story from a more spiritual perspective by Debbie Macomber, Choosing Words to Live By.  She choses one word per year to focus on for the entire year.  Her story is powerful and her words are ones that have helped her over the years.

I have chosen to do this in years past and it helps me focus on goals for the year, so I encourage you to give it a try.  Let me know how it goes for you!

Here are my 3 Focused Words for 2012:

Listening

We have all heard the phrase “we were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.” Sometimes that is lost during the moment, especially with me. So my first focused word of the year is Listening. My committment to those around me is to spend more time listening and less time talking. Anyone that knows me knows I can talk; but doing so instead of listening is not the best use of time for myself or the other person.  Listening is paramount for me this year.

Friendship

My second focused word for this year is Friendship. I am blessed with an abundance of connnections, followers and friends online as well as offline.  However I have not always been the best friend I can be to those people. That is changing. Focusing on Friendship is vital to maintaining the friendship as well as just overall relationships. Luckily I have shinning expamples of how friendships should function. Friendships come first for me this year.

Challenging

My third Focused word for 2012 is Challenging. I am challenging myself with being a better Listener, with developing and valuing all Friendships. I will challenge myself to be the best friend, husband, brother, son and business owner I can be.  I will challenge myself to improve my health this year. 2010 was a good year for getting in shape for me, but ended with a triple play that sidelined me; bulging disc, rotar cuff injury and the need for a cortizone injection just to walk. Yes, I overdid it, but then I let that be an excuse for 2011.  No more. Challenging myself is key this year.

Those are my words; what about yours?  Do you focus on specific words for the year?

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

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At this time of the year, we push the pause button and take the time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.  I want to personally say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you all. I would also like to encourage you to truly turn off the technology and spend time with those that matter most in your lives.  That Tweet can wait, the Facebook status update doesn’t have to happen right now, and in reality, do you need to know what your latest email says?!

Enjoy the holidays.  Sleep in. Go out to lunch with old friends; or have a cup of coffee with a new friend.  Eat an extra piece of pie, and hit the gym later.  Spend some time without technology, but simply with a pad and paper writing down what you are thankful for and what you want to do differently in the new year.  Breathe the fresh air.  Enjoy.

Have a great end of the year friends; thank you all! 

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