Gone is another year, another chapter in our lives, and thus the pages turn to welcome in new beginnings and new opportunities. It’s hard to believe how fast the year has gone by; 2017 was a wild ride, but so much has happened, I started my blog, my social media platforms, my book, and I’ve gained some wonderful followers. These accomplishments are only the foundation for the new year to come, where the real building starts. So, I’m starting the year off with some blogging goals to prepare for what’s ahead.
Leaves are changing, turning to golds and oranges and crimsons. The breeze is crisp and cold and spiced with cinnamon and pumpkin. Fires are being lit and apples picked, and it’s finally, finally autumn.
The other day I was watching the news and a story came across questioning the effects social media is having on today’s youth. The report talked about these online interaction damaging social skills within teens. It’s making them struggle in face-to-face communication and they aren’t able to articulate themselves as well as they were once able. It also mentioned how these interactions have perpetuated a sense of depression and loneliness within the youth; where they’ve isolated themselves from the real world and are merely living through the images and communication they receive through social media.