Over opinionated asana # 3 that’s way over word limit

Prior to reading the given sources I had already had a strong opposing stance against social media as a whole. I stood firmly behind this belief on the premise that I personally had witnessed the negative effects of Facebook on others as well as myself. The articles legitimatized my inner fears of social media with credible research studies as well as logical reasoning for the correlation of depression and Facebook in particular.
Being that the world is now full of technology it is almost inevitable for children to escape social media, which itself has unintentionally brought additional obstacles that children have to learn to conquer or avoid. Gwenn Schurgin O’ Keeffe and Kathleen Clark-Pearson referenced a research that illustrated tweens and teens overall compulsive use of different outlets to check social media. The authors took into account the overall developmental process at work occurring during adolescence to expose a viewpoint not elaborated on in other texts: “a large part of this generation’s social and emotional development is occurring while on the internet and on cell phones.” Though, as each article states, that advancements in technology help people of every age feel connected, there are social issues that have risen from such innovations. Society has developed ways to bully others and make others feel withdrawn from social situations through a glass screen. This in itself can damage the development progress of emotional stability in young children if they are already at high risk of being victimized.
Stephanie Pappas furthered the epidemic hypothesis with subcategories within her article including research and illustrating how Facebook has the ability to hurt self-esteem. This article seemed to be more relatable to the masses in my opinion due to the fact that it focused not on a specific age group, but applied to everyone, therefore coupled with legitimate research she posed a very strong perspective. Everyone has at least once practiced the unhealthy habit of comparing themselves to others, Stephanie applies this concept to media by showing that people can take this unhealthy habit to the extremes in secret by scrolling through feeds and statuses. Compulsive behavior that induces negative emotional responses is detrimental to an individual’s mental health.
For this evaluation I have completely disregarded the passage by John Grohol for the main reason that I disagree with his stance on the subject. I also discredit most of the information he had provided taking into account that blog as sources, regardless of how many legitimate sources given, are solely based around an author’s opinion. The other articles were not focused on one particular aspect of the Facebook and depression correlation, but instead evaluated social media as a whole and the evident repercussions of such widespread technological norms as well as pros and cons.
Facebook cannot be deemed as the causation of depression, but in essence is an additional effector and insinuator of mental breakdowns for those who are already proven to show clinical signs of a weak mental state. Let it be known that Facebook is not the only offender by any means. The internet is very vast and has many different channels of interactions and exposure that are easily accessible and equally influential. Depression is a medical mental illness associated with an individual’s chemical imbalance, not a technological induced flu.
After analyzing the multiple articles approaches towards the particular matter I concluded that within my own research paper I will be sure to use an expository writing style. I will be sure to stray from the blog example’s approach most definitely. Rather than choosing a particular stance or using a skewed research compilation in a persuasive tone I wish to enlighten readers with the discoveries I had unveiled, so that they can take the new information I provided and then apply the new knowledge to their lives as they choose to if they choose to.


Blog Asana 2

After reading all the essays it’s clear to see that they all fall under the category of a personal essay and can easily be applied to Ballenger’s Features of the Form. Although, the essay that I feel truly is a great example of a personal essay is “Discipline”. The chapter itself has a very intimate feel to it as she tells us the story of her learning about discipline. She confesses to living in an insanely hectic and imperfect reality. Unlike the other essays she admits to being wrong and lets us deeply into not only her experiences but her thoughts. The other essays simply speak of personal experiences. They just paint images in the reader’s mind of what they were exposed to as a child. The chapter in Living Your Yoga delves deeper, past just restating events. The author lets us explore her thoughts whilst exposing her individual flaws to the world. The author wrote about a topic and events in her life that more than likely can be deemed as normal for everyone. Everyone generally deals with the stresses of life and a busy schedule. The subject matter in this essay piece, though it may be quite ordinary, has a hint of drama within her process of self-discovery. We, as readers, were able to back track her steps with her as she retold us of her life lesson. The structure of the piece jumps between then and now narrators. Her essay also includes many sources of information, such as memories from her experience, readings, as well as “interviews” or interactions between other people and their stories. Overall this essay is very much more in depth than the others and applies more widely and deeply to Ballenger’s Features of the Form. It almost feels as though I am witnessing her self-discovery alongside her as I too find self-discovery. Her personal essay is written in the sense that it is moving and more than just restating events in her life. It exposes her and leaves herself vulnerable for judgment by the reader, but also allows them to follow with her and learn themselves.

Blog Asana 1

Intro Comp.
14 January 2015
Ms. Hoermann,

My full name is Mackenzie Sonia Hall. When I was born my name originally was going to be Sonia, but my dad, a native of Texas, had too thick of a southern accent and proclaimed, “Sown-yuh?! I can’t say Sowwwn-yuh!” So alas my name is Mackenzie. My parents kept the trend of “Mac” alive by naming my two younger brothers, even the dog, with the beginning “Mac-“. Frequently we are all referred to with one another’s names because everyone jumbles them up. My grandparents even resorted to calling us Mac 1, Mac 2, and Mac 3 growing up. Not like it helps much. I still end up being referred to as MacGregor and MacNeal.
My freshman year at TCU was fully occupied with fine arts courses due to the fact that I had intended to become a Fine Arts major. I had always been told I was a great artist and even my art teachers would tell me that if I didn’t further my career they would be very upset. My whole family pretty much said the same thing to me, so reluctantly I applied to TCU as a Fine Arts major. I didn’t even bother sending in a portfolio with my artwork, but somehow I was accepted. As you probably noticed I wasn’t very invested in being an artist. I quickly realized how annoying art classes were and hated every second of my freshman year. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, it was what everyone else wanted me to do and I didn’t want to let anyone down.
Half way through my last semester of my freshman year I reevaluated my interests and discovered I had a true passion for the dynamics of the body and how it worked. Thus developed my new pre-physical therapy track and a desire for an exercise science degree. Needless to say I did not get much support from my family, but I decided to go for it and ignore everyone’s opinions. You only live once right?
Growing up I had always written in a journal or notebook. I had made stories while other kids hung out with friends. I have multiple notebooks full of unfinished stories and journal entries dating back to the younger years of misspelled words like “taybel”. I would write about scenarios I wish I had been involved in, like silly topics such as boys liking me and hanging out where the big kids spent their time at the movie theater. I still have all of them, I refuse to throw any away for some reason. Attachment to my childhood is more than likely the cause.
When I had moved to Texas from Ohio as a freshman in high school I quickly forgot about writing. Writing made me impatient and I just stopped caring for the hobby all together, even for school papers I slacked. I devoted more time to art, so I’m not exactly sure what my writing style is like anymore. I generally am very overly descriptive and tend to invest my time in finding the best words to fit sentences. I’ve written fantasy and nonfiction, but I’m not sure what I write like on a continuous basis considering I don’t really write unless it’s a text or an email.
I’m very impatient and scatter brained with almost everything. When people say patience is a virtue they really mean it. It’s very difficult for me to lay out a plan for some reason so generally I just begin writing and fix it later. I delve into projects without a clear direction. Which isn’t always best obviously, but that’s just how I’ve managed to do school papers since I dropped interest in becoming a writer.
I noticed that when I do write, be it class notes or study cards, I prefer to write in markers on blank paper. Markers are so smooth and effortless, I just enjoy how easy the marker glides to form my words opposed to pens and pencils. I have never been a huge fan of lined paper either because I always thought there was so much paper being wasted with the space in between the lines. I dislike following the guides of the blue and red for some reason.
That’s about it. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about me.

Your student,
Mackenzie Hall