Social Media & Human Behavior: The Purge

There has to be a psychology class all about social media behavior. The latest phenomenon that has caught my attention is the purge. People get a sense of power or importance by announcing that they are cutting down their friends list. Some argue that if there is no measurable or obvious interaction–reading someone’s posts is not good enough–then there’s no point to being online friends. Others use beliefs or ideologies as their criteria. Heaven forbid if someone doesn’t have our exact same way of thinking. A few take a much more aggressive approach by making a clearly divisive “bait” post and culling anyone drawn out in disagreement. I like to think I am in the majority of people who just want their voice heard. The more, the merrier. 


Words my cell phone prefers over “fantastic”:

  • Catarina
  • Caustic
  • Catatonic
  • Castaic
  • Graduating
  • Gravitating
  • Graveside
  • Cattails
  • Cavalcade
  • Causative
  • Fanatic
  • Vagabond
  • Favreau

All of the above were written as I swiped the letters f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c. Given how frequently I use the word fantastic, you would think my smartphone would have learned by now. Dumbphone! 

(Sadly, I could not reproduce the result of “Castrate”. But it’s happened. I swear.) 


The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. —Barack Obama


I was a big fan of the 1990 series, The Flash. He’s always been my favorite DC superhero. So of course I’ve been watching the current series. Let me tell you, it pleases me to no end that they are honoring the original series by including all three of the main actors from the ’90 series. The most recent of which–Alex Desert as “Captain Julio Mendez”–appeared in the most recent episode,”Flashpoint”. Bravo to CW! 

The Problem With Blogging

Do you know what the problem with blogging is? Sometimes you’re too busy living life to blog about it. And that’s what I’ve been doing: living.

In a nutshell:

  • I have renewed interest in photography.
  • We’re finally making progress with my dad’s low vision, with an appointment for therapy and a completed application for a live-in clinic.
  • My music collection is overflowing, so I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that it’s time to let some of it go.
  • Oh yeah, and I’m a year older!