Are students able to concentrate better or worse during 8 am classes?

A very common debate that comes up, especially during college is whether or not 8 am classes make students concentrate better or worse.

Since this semester is my first time taking an 8 am class, I find this topic interesting. I have heard different opinions and thoughts from students, some say that it helps them concentrate better; however, many others (including me) think that it is harder to concentrate.

Personally, I find an 8 am class to be harder to pay attention to. This might be because I am not an “early bird” and I cannot stop thinking about taking a nap. However, when I look around the room, I can see some people really engaged in the class while others are half asleep.

I know this question has been asked a million times, so there is a lot of different sources out there that it becomes overwhelming. Something I find interesting is that most of us, started at 8 am every weekday during high school. When we get to college, most of us, tend to push classes towards later times. Why is this? Is this something most people do? or is it the other way around?

I would like to spark up a small conversation and see what you guys think about early classes, to gain more information on this topic.

-Pilar Quellet

 

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Research Paper proposal, sources, etc. ​

Proposal for my paper, how/if the media makes people feel lonelier:
 

Sometimes, when people are feeling lonely they turn to the internet. This is how they express themselves and find other people to talk to. During my research paper, I want to study how and why this happens. Also, I want to touch upon different ways a person can create a friendship/relationship using the internet. One example is, many times people while playing video games, interact with strangers. In many safe cases, these strangers become friends. Even though they never met, they turn to each other for help, advice, etc. This can happen on different social media platforms as well. Following or friending different people have become common and often they reach out to each other. Another part of this I want to research is if this is healthy/good for a person. I believe that there is so much virtual interaction one can take before craving actual physical communication. I will also briefly mention the podcast I presented during class, “Meet an Online Emotional Escort.” By WNYC studios (Note to Self). 

 

When it comes to the sources, I will not only be mentioning and taking examples from the podcast, but I will also be using:

“The Social Media Disconnect” Darby Saxbe

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/home-base/201802/the-social-media-disconnect

This one article mentions how when plans get canceled/have nothing to do, people turn to our phones. They then turn to social media and see what everyone else is up to; this is when they see other people going out, doing things, etc. As the article mentions they might question, “Why do I have nothing to do on a Friday night? Why can’t I find anyone to hang out with?  And then my catastrophic conclusion: I must be lonely.”

A very interesting point I will be talking about is how they mention, “Researchers have found that people who use multiple social media platforms report more symptoms of anxiety and depression. Longer or more frequent use of social media also appears to predict depressive symptoms.” On my paper, I full fully explain why this happens.

“Is the internet making us lonely?” Christian Jarret

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/11/is-the-internet-making-us-lonely/

“Is the internet making us lonely?” by Christian Jarrett was posted on World Economic Forum. This article talks about an experiment they did on social media usage between 2004 and 2005. They discovered that the people with greater internet usage tended to report being lonelier and being less satisfied with life.

“Does the Internet Make Us Lonely?” Jakob Nielsen

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/does-the-internet-make-us-lonely/

I will be using this article to talk about social isolation. The article mentions, “The study found that the more time people spend on the Internet, the less time they spend communicating with other people. In particular, 27% of heavy Internet users report spending less time talking to friends and family over the phone. 15% report spending less time physically with friends and family, and 13% report spending less time attending events outside the house.” These are interesting and useful stats that will be included in my paper.

-Pilar Quellet

Could different profiles mean different personalities? (Truth and Selfhood)

When it comes to social media, there are a lot of options. With that being said, someone has access to many different platforms. This creates a person to have different sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc. On every different platform, the same person could represent themselves differently. For example, on LinkedIn, a person tends to be more professional than on let’s say, Snapchat. Different social media sites are used for different purposes. This though can create an issue. People start acting differently, depending on where they’re posting something. Certain people might change the way they act on Instagram simply to get more followers. Or post videos on YouTube pretending to be someone they’re not simply to get subscribers. Could this cause a change in personality depending on the social platform? 

Another thought is that, nowadays, a like, a follower means popularity. People are willing to change the way they present themselves in order to gain more popularity and fame. The effects of these things aren’t always positive. People are constantly trying to be someone they are not in order to fit into society. If they do not fit in, many times kids get bullied. People start being fake in order to be “cool.” This makes me wonder how far our society is going to take this. Everything we do, we post. Is it to show it off? Is it to share it with each other? Or to simply demonstrate how “cool” we are?

“Meet an Online Emotional Escort.”

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The podcast I picked to talk about is called, “Meet an Online Emotional Escort.” By WNYC studios, which has a section called Note to Self. I mainly picked this because of its information. The podcast begins talking about when life flashes before your eyes, you tend to grab your phone and text your significant other, mom, dad, sister, whoever. But what happens when you do not have anyone? When you are all alone. This is when “invisible girlfriend” comes in (or someone show is pretending to be). Invisible girlfriend is someone that will always answer, will never judge and always be uplifting. We all need someone to tell our stories to, even if they are paid to answer back. There is a service that for about 25 dollars a month, someone can create an online persona who becomes their girlfriend. You can text this invisible girlfriend and she will text back. This is perfect for people that feel alone and need someone to talk to. This, however, is not like the movie Her. These are real people texting back.

The podcast mentions how even though this is a great idea for people who feel lonely, it has many limitations. The “relationship” simply cannot progress since it is never the same person texting back. This is how it works: there are people behind the screen that keep on switching. Every new person is able to read the last ten messages exchanged (mainly for privacy reasons). Every so often the person changes without letting the user know. There is a guest speaker that was a user of this service and he explained how inaccurate it became. He says how one hour his girlfriend was smart and funny and the next she would be dull and uninterested.

I personally found this podcast very interesting since I have never heard of this service before. Also, it is crazy to see how far our society has come. We are able to create invisible girlfriends and communicate with them. What are we going to come up with next?

https://invisiblegirlfriend.com

-Pilar Quellet

Discussing more on the use of headphones

Earlier during class, we had a very interesting conversation that touched many points. One of the points that stood out to me the most was the use of headphones in public spaces. In today’s age, almost every person riding the train or walking has their headphones on. Even though headphones are a great creation, this has caused face-to-face conversations between people to be rare. I personally think that this might be one of the reasons to why our generation is losing the face-to-face communication skill. Having headphones on has become a way of implying someone does not want to be bothered. I even heard people mentioning that they would put their headphones on without playing their music just so no one would bother them. This brings me to an article that I found that also mentioned this “issue.” https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-headphones-changed-the-world/257830/

The way we use headphones in public has become a social norm. A point that the article makes is, “We assume that people wearing them are busy or oblivious, so now people wear them to appear busy or oblivious — even without music. Wearing soundless headphones is now a common solution to productivity blocks.” This is also a way of saying “I am physically present but maybe not mentally.”

I wanted to mention this issue because I love listening to music with my headphones on but I am not fully sure of the outcome it is creating in our society. Is the excessive use of headphones making our community more anti-social or is this justified by saying that it is a way of controlling the environment around you?

Pilar Quellet

Partner Introduction: Katherine Matuszek

My partner was Katherine Matuszek and she is a Junior from New Jersey. What I learned from Katherine while talking to her, was that she is really into writing and reading; that is why she is a writing major. Katherine is also into podcasts as well as watching films which is why she currently added a double major of writing and communications. Katherine spends some of her time working as an editor for the school magazine as well as reading. She is very open to what comes her way in the work field since she enjoys learning new things.

-Pilar Quellet