FRIDAY FUNNY: WHY INSTAGRAM SUCKS

It’s true that Instagram is the many-headed frenemy, the great underminer. We know this because science tells us so. Research has found that your “passive consumption” of your friends’ feeds and your own “broadcasts to wider audiences” on Instagram correlate with feelings of loneliness and even depression. It was also found that “passive following” on Instagram triggers states of envy and resentment in many users, with vacation photos standing out as a prime trigger. Heres why:

Instagram is exclusively image-driven, and images will crack your mirror.“You get more explicit and implicit cues of people being happy, rich, and successful from a photo than from a status update,” Self-promotion triggers more self-promotion, and the world on social media gets further and further from reality.” 

Instagram messes more with your sense of time.“You spend so much time creating flattering, idealized images of yourself, sorting through hundreds of images for that one perfect picture, and then you spend even more time staring at other people’s carefully curated and filtered images that you assume they didn’t spend much time on. And the more you do that, “the more distorted your perception is that their lives are happier and more meaningful than yours.” Again, because Instagram is image-based, it creates a purer reality-distortion field.

Instagram ups your chances of violating “the gray line of stalkerism.” Arguably, you’ve violated the gray line of stalkerism simply by looking at those photos in the first place, even if you don’t reveal yourself in public as the sad lurker that you are. Each time you swipe through more images of people’s meals and soirees and vacation sunsets, you are potentially blurring the boundary between stranger-you-haven’t-met and sleazy voyeur skulking around the cabana with an iPhone.

Here’s a funny video from the comedic crew over at Reckless Tortuga that shows how Ugly instagram can get! Watch below:

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DISNEY RESURRECTS STAR WARS WITH EPISODE VII

In 2005 it looked like the Star Wars saga was officially over with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, completing the prequels that tied the story back to the original trilogy. Fast forward to
October 2012, where Disney studios brokered a $4.05 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, and with the deal came the announcement that they would be starting production on a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films that would keep the epic story going for years and years to come. It’s speculated that Abrams and his team would have to start filming in May 2015 to hit the December 2015 release date (making it the first in the franchise not to have a summer release date). Filming will take place in the UK, and the size of the production actually is triggering expansion at the ILM facilities in Great Britain. Disney’s Bob Iger also confirmed that the storyline concocted by screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (and, possibly, Michael Arndt) will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

J.J. Abrams will not only be the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, but also one of the co-writers (working alongside Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan. Since Star Wars Episode VII was announced, every fan has asked the same question: “Does this mean we’ll see the return of Luke Skywalker?” And while Disney and Lucas film have yet to say anything concrete on the matter, evidence suggests that the answer could be yes. Not only do we have the reports about a more Luke-Leia-Han centered screenplay, Mark Hamill has confirmed in interviews that he actually met with George Lucas about the new trilogy prior to the contracts being signed, and he has even offered up his own speculation about where the story will go, suggesting that Luke could end up being an influential character like Obi-Wan Kenobi. Carrie Fisher has evidently confirmed that she, Hamill and Harrison Ford will be back for the sequel, but it’s probably best not to believe anything until it’s printed in a press release from the studio. Are you excited about the resurrection of the Star Wars series? Let’s see celebrity reactions to news of the sequel:

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HOW MUCH IS THAT???

I ran across this article recently, and it definitely was an eye opener.  How much we are paying these days for everything.  I sometimes think I sound like my parents now – but seriously, these increases are crazy!  Here’s an interesting chart showing what folks paid in 1963 vs. what we pay now (average costs).  Take a look:

Bottle of Coke/Soda (a single serving – can or bottle)
Then: $ 0.05
Now: $ 1.50

McDonalds Big Mac (yes, they existed back in 1963)
Then: $ 0.28
Now: $ 3.99

Minimum Hourly Wage
Then: $ 1.25
Now: $ 7.25

Average Annual Income
Then: $ 4,396.00
Now: $44,321.00

Movie Ticket
Then: $ 0.85
Now: $ 8.05

Car
Then: $ 3,100.00
Now: $31,000.00

Baseball Player Contract
Then: $100,000.00
Now: $240 million

I need to go look for a part time job now!

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GEAR UP: SMARTWATCH ANDROID WEAR

It’s heating up in the smart watch world with every major tech manufacturer and even a few fashion brands developing their “it” device to outfit your wrists. The one lingering problem with these current offerings however is that they do not have a standard operating system designed to actually accommodate such small screens. Google answered that call with the new Android Wear in which a clean and simple interface is integrated into the watch with limited but purposeful data on the screen at any one time. The default functionality of the watch looks very much like the smartphone system Google Now. Users can see time, weather, call and text update, sports scores, flight and concert updates plus more. What’s even more exciting is its aesthetically pleasing design which doesn’t only deliver functionality but is extremely fashionable. While we are not sure how many other manufacturers will jump on board with a watch that runs off of a smartphone operating system, we wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll see some new offerings running the OS software as well. Check out the video and see what’s new in the tech world with Android Wear.

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THE LATEST WORKOUT CRAZE: EMS

If you dislike working out as much as I do, you will love the not-so-new technology that’s starting to make some noise in the fitness world. EMS, or electrical muscle stimulation is a 20 minute, twice a week work out that gets great results fast by sending electrical impulses to the muscles while working out. The body ends up working harder and more efficiently than it ever could while at the gym. Not only is it great for people of any age, it’s also great for the joints and is useful in reducing injuries. Find out what it’s all about right here(see video clip below):

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PHIL’S BACK IN NEW YORK

It is confirmed that Phil Jackson has accepted the position to oversee basketball operations for the NY Knicks, the place he started his career. According to a league source…Jackson gave the Knicks a verbal commitment on Saturday but his actual status has not been confirmed….though it is said that the word “president” will be in his title. Current Knicks president/general manager Steve Mills will stay on with a revised role due to his vast network of contacts with NBA agents and GM’s. Phil will have control over the franchise but it’s not yet known to what degree, what we do know is that he will not have to manage day to day operations. The question now is if Jackson can indeed change the woeful franchise’s fortunes and how this will affect Carmelo’s upcoming free agency with no draft picks and cap space. Only time will tell.

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MARK JACKSON AND STEPH CURRY FACE OFF!

If you had to bet money on who would be the best long range shooter in a 3 point shooting contest between 49 year old Marv Jackson vs. one of the greatest shooters in NBA history with his career 44 percent mark from long range Stephon Curry…I’m sure you wouldn’t even think it’s fair! However that didn’t stop the Warriors coach from going head to head with the young star who could pretty much make any shot with hands in his face! Check it out to see who wins.

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