Why cat videos are popular?
We have always loved cute species, but now with the internet we can share and watch anytime. The internet provided a convenient way to access and share what interests us. So why we love them? Because we don’t need prior knowledge or an explanation to understand them. “Cat videos and images are a quick hit of pure, unfettered ‘cute.’ They’re also entertainment in easily digestible doses.”
Also, cats have bodily and facial expressions that are close to human behavior. They have the tendency to do amusing things and get themselves is funny situations that are shareable. Dogs on the other hand are not successful online because you know that they are trying to capture your attention by doing what they do.
As a cat owner and a previous dog owner, I can relate to this. Cats are very independent and self-possessed. They don’t care for anything but themselves. Whatever they do, whether it’s funny or not, it’s for their own amusement or in some cases it was simply a funny accident. Dogs on the other hand, feel sham when they do wrong, and they depend on us humans to take care of them and play with them. Dogs know that I am the owner; cats think they own me, its as simple as that XD
And that what makes them so amusing and amazing. We can’t read them, but we admire their confidence and arrogance.
Internet Use Disorder (IUD), which is internet addiction, may soon be included as an actual mental health disorder. Many studies have been conducted to understand what IUD is, how it works, and how to cure it. Research shows that people with internet addiction have different mind control than normal people. They suffer similar brain symptoms as heroin and cocaine addicts; like problems in emotion processing and concentration. Similar to any other kind of addiction, internet addiction has symptoms.
Symptoms of IUD
1- Anxiety when the internet is not available.
This is Google Chrome’s April’s fool, but it showed in a simple creative way how multitasking is a bad idea. This video introduces two mice option for using Google Chrome, so users can do more in the same time. The guy in the video says that it might be hard to work on both hands at first, but it will be easier once you get used to multitasking. I felt it was a smart way to show the disadvantages of multitasking in a short yet fun video.
I remember the first time I noticed that bullying can take place on the internet too. I was watching a video on YouTube uploaded by one of my subscriptions, gossmakeupartist , he is a makeup artist. His video was about the haters on YouTube and people who write negative comments on his channel and videos. He said they threatened to kill him and kill all gays. They said that God hates him, and that makeup is only for females. His video, as he indicated, was created to show that he does not care what people think of him, and whether he is gay or not God loves him. He said several times “I don’t care what you think;” however, it was obvious from his tone that he was hurt. He blinked a lot and his voice was a bit shaky when he read the negative comments. Then I realized how hurtful internet comments can be.
Some people, I believe, take pleasure in criticizing others. They feel better about themselves by finding weaknesses in others. And of course it is safer on the internet to attack because you feel untouchable, even though it’s not true. It is similar to driving in a way. When you are driving some drivers would cut you off or turn on you. Some would even swear at you and drive away. They would do things they would not normally do when they are face to face with you. Similarly the internet, they feel untraceable or somehow physically protected.
I disagree with the cyberbullying article. A lot of things written just don’t make sense. It was obvious that the author did not understand how bullying really feels like, at least this is my feeling when I read the article. I have been bullied in the past, and I remember clearly how bad it was. And even now when I run into people who have bullied me, I feel I am 6 years old again as if I did not age at all. It is quit hurtful and stays with you. I hate to remember, but what really gets me is when I get reminded. Unfortunately, last year I had a class with one of the girls who used to bully me in elementary school. Sadly she did not change at all. When I saw her I felt I went back in time, and I remembered all the things that she did. However, when I had time to think about it; I was glad to see her again. She did not change, she is still an unmature bully, but I have changed, grown, and moved on. It was quite funny to me now to hear her in class behind me making childish comments about me instead of paying attention to the lecture. She failed the class.
I know it is evil of me to say this, but I am happy that she is having an unsuccessful life. Actually, she is not the only bully I have run into. Most of them did not change at all, and leading their failed lives depending on their parents and family. Three of them dropped off high school. They are still rude, offensive, and have no purpose in life.
I disagree with the article simply because I know, from my experience, bullies know very well what they are saying or doing and therefore intend to hurt their victim or prey ;p. In addition, bullies can never become your friends later. I remember that the school psychologist talked to them and they said they were “just joking” -which is again why I disagree with the reading- and they want to be my friends. Of course, as soon as the school psychologist left they started hitting me with books and threatening to kill me and my mother. And whenever they see the school psychologist passing by, they act friendly.
I know that the reason for all that is the bad parenting, and the unprofessional teachers and school staff. Everything started because of a teacher who pointed out that I look different and that I am not Kuwaiti and laughed. Later that day all my classmates started repeating what she said. And I know that they were repeating what they hear from teachers because six year olds cannot think this way or just cannot say my mother married her Indian driver because she did not find someone to marry her. And again my teachers used to point out all the time in class to fact that I am a foreigner. My classmates would never find out if the teachers were bit professional. I recall a bully’s mother was bullying me and my mother in a parents’ meeting, and her daughter and my teacher were simply laughing. I have changed a lot of schools, but the main thing was terrible parenting and bad role models.
Also, it is the way humans are; we have to hate on someone, we must find an enemy. Some people, as I have mentioned previously, have pleasure in making others look bad or making fun of them. Probably it makes them perceive their issues positively. Maybe they feel blessed when they point out the weaknesses or make up weaknesses in others. There is a saying in Arabic “have them for lunch before they have you for dinner.” Well that’s life 🙂
NOTE: I know it is too long but I tried my best to be as brief as possible. I just could not stop typing LOL!! ;p
I found a CNN story on internet privacy. The story discusses the spread of users’ private photos on the internet that led to dangerous effects. One particular user story is a mother who her daughter’s picture was hijacked from her Flickr account and was used on a “sexually suggested” profile on orckid.com. Even though the mother was controlling her account privacy after the incident, people can still get access to her information. Internet investigators say that searches, online purchases, foods you like, or even your phone and address can be obtained from the internet and can be sold.
However, it is not just about strangers getting hold of your information, but it is also about the government controlling and censoring content. Few weeks ago when the national assembly elections in Kuwait were happening I researched on Twitter a candidate account. When I typed the politician name and clicked on the search icon, an error message appeared on my screen then Twitter was shut down. I tried to open my Twitter application again and retyped and search, but the same result; Twitter would simply shut down. I searched different people and Twitter search worked perfectly; however, when I search a politician it would block out. I was using my phone then and I tried different devices, but the same result. I guess Twitter was controlled by the government and politicians’ accounts were blocked.
The internet cannot create democracy and a better world; it just can be utilized to get that somewhat utopian world. I believe that internet-centrism can create change; it is how the Egyptian revelation prevailed. The Egyptian people used Facebook and Twitter to communicate how to achieve, overthrow the regime, not what do. I believe that the internet can be politically beneficial if it was used as a tool of communication not as a tool to simply debate. Action can make change not debating on a Facebook group.
Maybe some people can create action through sending specific messages, as having a mind-washing impact, they can change believes and then cause others to take action. However, in this case those people -who seek to communicate their believes and persuade others- must have strong appeal to others. They must be trustworthy and dominant individuals in the society. Therefore, an amateur internet user cannot simply generate change or call for democratic change.