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Issue 6 Magazine Opinions

(Anti)Social Media

Since technology is evolving by the second, social media has become more popular making its way to all age group.  The idea of social media making people more antisocial has been an ongoing concern and is only getting bigger as technology advances.  Does social media live up to its name, or does antisocial media suit it more?

Many people argue that social media can ruin your life, and that it can turn you into an introverted and self-absorbed person. American studies have found that teenagers have begun experiencing a decline in intimate friendships as they choose social medias like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or any messaging apps to contact their friends over face-to-face communication.  Another problem with social media is that people tend to act differently on social media than in real life. Our generation is absorbed in the media and their phones or laptops. There’s no doubt that people spend more time indoors than they do outdoors these days. When they are outdoors, you can see teenagers walking with their heads tilted down, staring at their phones, texting, scrolling through their feed, or playing games. Some are afraid that the most obsessed ones will get hurt from crashing their car or running into something due to not paying attention to the world around them.

People typically describe themselves as introverted over extroverted nowadays because social media has made them lazy. They’d rather stay indoors, only interacting with friends over their phone via text or facetime rather than going to socialize with their friends outdoors. At dinner tables, one can often find families or friends not saying a word to each other. Only because they choose social media and the internet to entertain them over having actual conversations with each other. People of older generation, compare ours to talking about how big the difference is from how teenagers interact in the present and how they used to interact in the past when their technology was not as advanced. Many adults, maybe even your parents, are known for always telling you to get off your phone. Telling you that you spend too much of your time on your phone and don’t actually interact with anybody. But what many adults don’t understand is that, teenagers feel like social media has made them more social.

I think that letting social media make you antisocial is your choice.  The majority of people say that social media allows them to meet new people and make new friends they may have never met if social media didn’t. Social media allows communication with others who are close to you that you probably can’t see on a daily basis.  It allows you to discover new things and know what’s going on with the world in a much faster and easier. I believe it all, just depends on whether you let this technology take over your life. The world is changing, and people need to balance these changes, to not let social media become a priority, and to not let it interfere with the amount of time we spend with people in real life.

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Issue 5 Magazine Opinions

Which Should You Choose?

From online polls to arguing with friends, one of the most popular debates lately is whether Spotify or Apple Music is better.  After viewing many polls and holding my own, Spotify always came out as the winner by a landslide. The majority of these people thought about the sound quality when they voted without paying close attention to other details. Although, it’s not easy choosing a music streaming service these days. So here are some key facts and differences between Spotify and Apple Music to know about that will help you find which music app suits you best.

Subscription wise, Spotify offers a free version of the app.  This version of Spotify has limited functionally when it comes to listening to music compared to the premium version and includes ads. Apple Music does not allow you to even have a limited function of listening to music unless you buy the premium version or you buy a song or album on its own, which is frustrating.  Both Apple Music and Spotify offer student plans for $4.99 a month, individual plans for $9.99 per month, and family plans for $14.99 per month – so pricing would not make much of a difference when it comes to subscriptions. 

For the recommendation system, I’d argue that Spotify’s is much stronger. They easily do a better job at finding or making music recommendations for the user than Apple Music does. For example, every Monday you receive a new “Discover Weekly” playlist that contains 30 songs shuffled that are similar to music or artists you’ve recently listened to or liked.  You also get a couple ‘Daily Mix’ playlists which are similar to Discover Weekly, but are sorted by genre. Although Apple Music do have a few recommendations for you, Spotify simply has more features when it comes to recommendations, even including playlists they think you might like to expand your taste in music.

Although, an area where Apple Music beats Spotify is its user interface.  Saving songs in either Spotify or Apple Music means that you can later access them in your library without needing to go through the trouble to look up or search the artist or song again. Apple Music’s plus side when it comes to an artist’s page is that it is much easier to navigate it and is much cleaner than Spotify’s. On the other hand, Spotify sort of dumps the songs you save from an artist into its own playlist with no clear separation of when a new album starts or ends. Being able to browse an artist’s page on Spotify requires an internet connection to work, which defeats the purpose of downloading or saving music to your library, but Apple Music doesn’t require this.

Both apps have a “radio,” although Apple Music is the winner in this aspect.  For Spotify, you’d be better off making a playlist or using discover features.  This is because the radios on Spotify that fit your taste tend to get very repetative and usually doesn’t offer many new things.  While Apple Music has the same sorting style of radios as Spotify, they have much more variety.  In addition, Apple Music also offers live radio stations with live DJs picking out and playing songs.  This feature gives a more personal, human element to Apple’s radio.

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Entertainment Issue 5 Magazine

Love Horoscopes

Aries: This month, for those of you who are single, you will get an excellent opportunity to meet someone interesting with similar interests as you! You will most likely meet this person through a friend of yours.  However, your enthusiastic personality might get the best of you, so make sure you get to know this person more before committing to anything.

Gemini: Going back to someone you’ve been interested in before is going to come after you this month.  You two will keep a great and long conversation thanks to your talkative and fun personality.  Things will go well and you can’t wait to talk to them, hang out with them, and receive a text from them. It’s important for you to spend time with them while time goes by, because you’re likely to have a feeling of love this month.

Leo: This is your month to fix any mistakes you’ve made in any past relationship, and to clear up any misunderstandings. Even though your kind and big-hearted personality is loved by many, you may get a little too attached, and it might affect your schoolwork.  This month might be a little hectic for your love life, and even though things might seem all right on the surface, deep down you will not be satisfied with how things are going. So make sure to open up a little more!

Scorpio: Love is going to take a turn for you this month, and will bring a new meaning to your life. Don’t rush this love, because it might scare your love interest. Although, this is the perfect month to commit to things and will be a great opportunity to spend quality time with them. Though, towards the end of the month personal issues may get in the way after forcing a few arguments with being a little too resentful.

Sagittarius: You may be a little frustrated because you’re not finding someone right away, despite your best efforts, and your impatience might get the best of you.  However, it’s good that you give the straightforward side of you a break, and chill for a little bit. Midway through the month, you will meet a truly amazing person who’s just as adventurous and wholesome as you are.  This will make you emotionally satisfied, which is a good way to end the month.

Aquarius: A certain someone will shower you with attention this month! Take things slow, but use this opportunity to discover the many things you two have in common. This month will be a very productive and significant one.  When you are struggling the most, this person will have your back through thick and thin and keep you happy.

Taurus: Your reliable and dependable personality will for sure have your back this month.  Someone will acknowledge this positive trait of yours, and will show interest in you.  You will have many opportunities to strengthen your relationship with this person. However, don’t let your possessive side get to you and ruin the relationship.

Cancer: This is the month where you’ll finally get the guts to express your feelings towards the person you admire. This person will admire you, specifically for your loving and creative personality. The relationship will run smoothly and will become one of the best things happening in your life. It will make you exceedingly happy. Make sure you don’t become too jealous when this person talks to others. Be sure to trust them.

Virgo: Romance is calling for you this month and you can’t wait any longer. You may feel the need to change how you act or how you look for this person, but that is something  to avoid. Recently you’ve had some trouble with a past relationship, and you might want to rush into a new one.  This is a sign that you should take some time for yourself.  A brand new relationship will spark, one that you’ll truly enjoy, so don’t rush and try to keep it stable.

Libra: Your charming personality will attract many, but you are only interested in one person. Either one of you will confess your feelings towards each other, which might take your friendship to a new level. You will become more aware of yourself this month, which will allow you to go through a self-discovery process, where you will make a few adjustments to begin compromising a little more and adjust your attitude to click with your person of interest.

Capricorn: This month may be stressful and complicated for you, and some problems may surface in the beginning of the month. Though towards the end of the month you will unexpectedly find someone who fits your requirements for a perfect partner. Don’t let your shy side get to you though, and be sure to make interesting conversation with your special someone!

Pisces: Keeping your feelings under wraps or going super slow may be the best choice for you this month. This month you will be looking more deeply into your own feelings and focusing on them, making them a priority.  You will be much happier with someone else once you’re happier with yourself.  Then, there will be someone happily waiting for you.