Social Mediautilation

One of the most favorites of popular fads these days are the social media networks. A majority of electronic devices (desktops, laptops, cell phones, etc.) are already installed with pre-loaded apps for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms before they leave the manufactures. These media platforms are a great source for entertainment purposes, keeping up-to-date on the latest news and events, networking, playing online games, and staying in touch with friends and family. While this social media epidemic appears to be meekly harmless fun on the forefront, there have been reports of it becoming a severe unhealthy addiction for some, especially when that addiction teeters on the avenue of gross negligence.

A South Korean couple was arrested and charged with starving their three-month-old daughter to death while they obsessively devoted a majority of their waking hours into playing an online role-playing game, Prius Online, whose main objective was to raise a virtual baby girl. The couple seemed to have slipped into an overwhelming depressive state of mind due to their sudden unemployment status and the reality of giving birth to a premature baby girl. Obviously, their uncontrollable addiction to this role-playing game was a remedy for escaping their own reality. The tragedy of their willfully negligent behavior became more of an irreparable reality than the one they have imagined was necessary to escape from.

A 28-year-old New Mexico mother was convicted of second degree murder and child abandonment for the negligent death of her three-year-old daughter. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be starvation, with traces of cat liter in her digestive system. FBI agents assigned to the investigation were astonished to find a computer located in the home which showed continuous online activity from noon until 3am on the day of the child’s death. During her trial, the remorseful mother admitted to spending countless hours online playing the fantasy role playing game “World of Warcraft”.

Some parents joyously spend hours at the computer updating their facebook and twitter statuses of their children’s playful antics, milestone developments, and proud photos of their playful antics. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. It is only when this devotion to any social media platform begins to mutilate one’s state of mind whereas they are no longer able to distinguish the difference between fantasy and reality is when intervention not only becomes imperative, it becomes an urgent life or death emergency.

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Leadership

Being in a position of leadership should only be reserved for those who can handle the pressures and conformities that go along with being in a position of power. Not everyone who desires to be a leader possess the qualities essential to fit that position. Understanding what makes for a good leader is the first step in acquiring those unique set of skills, as it assures potential followers a level of confidence in their decision to adhere to the authority of a good leader’s administered guidance.

Below are a few examples of what traits makes for a good leader:

1. Modesty
2. Respectful
3. Cooperative
4. Trustworthy
5. High standards of personal ethics
6. Resilient to defeat
7. Able to productively work under pressure

A majority of high-prolific leaders are located within the political system. History has shown many political candidates who may have been prolifically qualified to run for a political office have indeed failed at winning the victory. Although their charismatic demeanor and charm may have been enough to win over the public’s support to be nominated, those traits alone were not enough to win them the official seat in the office. What determines whether or not a politician will make a good leader is if they meet all the criteria mentioned above, and that in itself can only be reflective of their performance after they have been officially elected.

Take for example the collaborative efforts of three political officials on the east coast of the United States: Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. All three officials were faced with the Hurricane Sandy crisis when the tropical storm made landfall over their region in October of 2012. 89% of NYC voters voted in favor of Christie’s emergency response efforts, followed by 85% in favor of Cuomo’s, and 75% in favor of Bloomberg’s. All three men were notified of this oncoming storm at the same, however, their approaches in handling this emergency were vastly different.

Although the above mentioned politicians are basically responsible for maintaining only one state in a crisis situation, a bigger responsibility lies in the hands of a good leader who has to maintain a country. U.S. President Barack Obama has recently been rumored to be handling the Syrian crisis in the same manner as his predecessor, former U.S. President George W. Bush. Bush declared the war in Iraq, and Obama is leaning towards declaring war in Syria. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Bush’s response efforts have been placed under a microscope numerous times, and many questions have been raised by suspicious activities concerning his involvement in the planned attacks. And now, many fear Obama may be falling in his footsteps.

But let’s throw away all the conspiracy theorists’ viewpoints on each major catastrophic event in the news over the past decade or so, and let the public decide. Do you feel your state is better off than it was before or after the current political leaders were elected into office? Do you feel your country is better off now with the current president in office or when the previous one was elected?

Remember: every opinion counts.

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Information Age Revolution

Anyone who utilizes the internet will have their own individualistic purposes for doing so. Some use it mainly for gaming, some for social networking, and some use the internet to conduct their personal or professional business. A majority of internet users take full advantage of its many available “How-To” resources for researching anything from mechanics to technology itself, or in other words, anything that will enlarge, enhance, or expand their knowledge of a particular subject.

With the way the “Information Age” has transformed the way we learn, evidence shows our learning is not only exclusive to tradition classroom learning. For example, two exceptionally intellectual teenaged individuals have made great strides in their contributions to science by creatively putting in motion the knowledge they have acquired from their usage of the internet. Jack Andraka, a high school student better known as the “teen prodigy of pancreatic cancer”, won the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Gordon E. Moore Award for his invention used to detect the early warning signs of pancreatic cancer. Ann Makosinski, a 15-year old student known for her invention she calls a “hollow thermoelectric flashlight” that transforms body heat into energy. Coupled with traditional classroom learning, both teens utilized the resources available on the internet to do both researching and marketing of their ingenious inventions.

As time moves on and technology advances, the expansion of knowledge being shared on the internet will be infinite. The internet has proven to change the way we think, the way we live, and the way society will revolutionize on its own.

©2013 Learus Ohnine

How Far Is Too Far?

In light of the recent worldwide travel alert warnings of potential terrorist attacks issued by the U.S. State Department, issues surround the risks posed manly on the safety of Americans or its allies have, once again, become a major top concern. Seeing as the season is not over yet for vacationers and tourists, some have come to think just how far is considered too far to protect our country.

Take for instance the controversy over whether or not Edward Snowden, former employee for the National Security Agency, did the right thing by leaking classified information that should have been kept confidential as to how the United States finds out what goes on behind closed doors. Since this worldwide terrorist alert has been issued, many who viewed this as the United States engaging in unconstitutional behavior have changed from animosity to appreciation.

The events of September 11, 2001 have without a doubt left a serious impact on just how far terrorists will go to make a statement. With no holds barred as being their personal mission statement, it would seem feasible that we as Americans take the same stance by whatever means necessary to ensure we do not suffer the same catastrophic event ever again. But is that really possible?

Apparently, it is possible. Intelligence officials claim to have evidence supporting a possible terrorist attack to occur from now until the end of August, thereby putting embassies and public transportation systems on high alert. By announcing this recent finding, this let’s all terrorist groups know “we are on to them”, however, that does not guarantee their possible plan of attack will cease; they could change their strategy.

Should we protect our nation by any means necessary? Absolute, thanks to this so-called “infringement on our privacy” technique. We may not appreciate whatever those necessary means are, especially if it includes infringing on our privacy. If there was ever a choice to be made, many U.S. citizens can be rest assured nothing can ultimately replace their lives once lost if sacrificing their privacy means preserving it.

©2013 Learus Ohnine

How To Avoid Being Lured In

One of the most important things to understand when dealing with a sociopath/psychopath is you must know their language. You must be able to understand the meaning behind each word they speak in order to understand them. Almost everything they say has a varied meaning from the norm. They use common everyday terms to express themselves, just like anyone else, but their definitions of certain keywords and phrases are eccentrically different from its originally intended implication.

Below lists just a few phrases most sociopaths/psychopaths use when trying to lure (and keep) their victims. Under each phrase will be the real meaning behind what the phrase means for the sociopath/psychopath when it is spoken. All these phrases are familiar phrases and are spoken by the sociopath/psychopath with the intent to misguide you into believing their motives for you are pure, true, and genuine:

Here it is….

1) “I Love You
Meaning: “You give me a rush at the moment”

2) “You Love Me
Meaning: “You forego your needs to bend to my will”

3) “Trust Me
Meaning: “What a sucker!”

4) “You’re the man/woman of my life
Meaning: “You are one of a long indefinite sequence of women/men that’s also simultaneous”

5) “Mutual Fidelity
Meaning: “YOU need to be faithful to me, while I cheat on you…”

6) “Betrayal
Meaning: “You dared to disapprove of something I did, or, you disobeyed me in some respect”

7) “Mutual Commitment
Meaning: “You need to revolve everything in your life around me, and do exactly what I want”

8) “Honesty
Meaning: “My truth, or, saying whatever it takes to get me what I want at the moment”

9) “I Miss You
Meaning: “I miss the function you used to play in my life, because I’m a little bored right now…”

10) “What My Baby Wants, My Baby Gets
Meaning: “I will give you attention, flattery, and gifts until I hook you emotionally and gain your trust. Afterwards, you’re on your own!”

This last phrase, the most important most common phrase sociopaths/psychopaths use on victims more frequently than we would like to believe (or notice) is the most crucial phrase of them all to remember… a major red flag to watch for:

11) “I cheated because my (insert name here) does not satisfy me
Meaning: “…and neither will you.”

(Source: Unknown)

Bonus Tip!: Whenever you question any of the above phrases, watch them change the subject quickly. VERY quickly. They might flip through several subjects at once. This is what they mean by a “flow” when they speak. That flow is meant to distract you from thinking logically, critically, and reasonably. You will be hit with so many topics at once that you began to feel mentally overwhelmed. When we are mentally overwhelmed, we lose focus. And there it is; a distraction tactic designed perfectly by them for you.

Regardless of your response, they’re not paying one bit of attention to what you’re saying because they are too busy reading your body language to see if their distraction technique is working. They can sense this within the first few moments of your response. If they sense the new topic is not distracting enough, that is when they “zone out” and begin thinking of another topic that seemed to pull a more desired response from you. Usually, they will choose a subject that was never settled during an earlier confrontation in order to cause confusion over getting you to think about not only one, but two unresolved issues at once now. Keyword here: distraction.

Another method they may use will be to focus on some insignificant word in what you have said, such as one that can be understood to have more than one meaning, and will try to start a debate about that particular word’s instead of the meaning of the entire sentence. Their game of confusion begins, until you are frustrated with trying make them understand the definition of the word, you begin to lose focus on the point you were trying to make. Again, this is a form of distraction.

Be safe, be careful, be alert…

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Adolescence and Violence

Raising a child in this day and age can be stressful. Most parents concern themselves with protecting their children from the harmful elements that may endanger their child’s physical growth, such as keeping current with vaccinations, proper nutritional planning, and instructing exemplary hygiene practices. Taking a child’s physical well-being seriously is commendable, however, it will not guarantee a child’s healthy state of mind. Children need to be protected from exposure to the more potentially dangerous influences in their environment that can easily be misconstrued as harmless.

Television and video games, a popular form of entertainment among adolescent males and females today, may appear to be harmless at first, but they most certainly do have some sort of negative impact on a child’s psychological health, especially if the theme focuses on the complexity of violence. Television programs today do not contain the same censored quality as the programs of yesterday once had. As time moves on, the level of violence seen in these programs have become exceedingly more violent, more vulgar, and more corrupt as this seems to be what generates the highest ratings.

Video games allow the players to become one with their characters with more hands-on interaction than television offers. However, becoming one with a character whose goal is to successfully conquer a series of violent scenarios by using violent techniques in order to win runs a risk of programming a child’s mind to believe the most effective way to win in life is by the use of violence.

Some say the solution to preventing exposure to violent mediums is by monitoring what a child is exposed to. While this method may be effective to some degree, it is not a sound proof method to the fullest. Internet access has parental control loopholes where children can easily slip through restrictions to gain access to violent video games, movies, and television programs. While one parent may show great concern for the content their child has access to, another parent may not. Children sharing violent resources amongst their peers has become a common method of ensuing the circulation of violent content.

Is there any hope in the discovery of a method to prevent adolescences from being exposed to violence? One option that may be most effective is to set the example. Since children do indeed learn by example, we as adults must consider our own behaviors before we can address theirs. The slightest detail that we may overlook as influential may have a profound impact on any psychological wars our children face when managing the right choices for their own behaviors.

©2013 Learus Ohnine