Ten is the New Twenty

           Is strange to think that mere Barbie dolls were the latest crave for kids just a few years ago? Now they’re all into Bratz and playing dress up with mommy’s newest lingerie. To pre-teen girls, it is totally natural that they want to dress like porn stars. This is what they have been brought up with. So how do they know this behavior is not acceptable? Well, they don’t. The true beginning of the sexualization of these girls began when Barbie and Bratz dolls came outfitted in fishnet stockings and were plastered with makeup. These dolls were cleverly targeted towards young girls who had no standards of what separated trashy from classy. Now, companies that sold adult clothing can now start targeting their clothing line to a younger audience, hence, making more money.

 

            Teen girls are a blank slate when it comes to determining what is right and wrong. A study conducted showed that 80% of young girls preferred the sluttier dressed Bratz doll compared to the modestly dressed Barbie doll. It was also concluded that all of the girls who preferred the sleazier dressed doll wanted to look exactly like the doll they had chosen. This is usually caused by the parents teaching the youth that looking and acting slutty is a normal thing to do. Once it is instilled in a young person’s mind that dressing provocatively is ok, then it is very hard to change this mindset later on in life. Healthy teens should identify themselves by their skills, talents, and abilities, not their sexual appeal. Teen girls see being sexy as empowering and many girls try to be sexual just to be seen as empowering, where in real life, they are following the trends.

 

            More often then not, teen boys try to live a life with some kind of values, but are getting feedback from their female peers that it is not normal to live a “virgin life”, distorting the correct views the boy has built up. This is mainly caused by teen pop sensations such as Hannah Montana and iCarly that have been seen doing spontaneous acts and dress in clothes not meant to be worn by such young girls. All this exposure to the wrong media has led teen girls to accept these messages and act just like the charachters in the shows.

 

            There are solutions to this ongoing issue, such as limiting media exposure and being more assertive, but without the media slowing down the pandemic of “being sexy and fit in or die trying” then there is nothing a concerned eye can do but sit and watch the youth of today become the adults of tomorrow. 

SnapChat: The New Crave for Kids and Teens

          The rather old app debuted in 2011 is becoming more and more popular as the new generation becomes desensitized to sexually expect content. SnapChat is the most popular app right now with users sending millions of pictures daily. It’s an app that’s like nothing before. A user can take a picture, choose how long the recipient is allowed to see the image, and send it in a matter of seconds. Sounds like harmless fun, right? Send silly, expressive faces you wouldn’t want people to see for too long, simple as that. Well just because these images self-destruct, there are still many ways to save these unflattering pictures, leading to postings of pictures on social media sites without the person’s consent.

         Safety among teens is usually an issue when it comes to sexually explicit content on the Internet. By searching up the tag “#SnapChat”, people can find other users and anonymously sext with them, regardless of age. Sexting is the act of sending sexual images through the Internet or text, coincidentally the #1 use for SnapChat among aging teens. Sexting teens are 82% more likely to have sex compared to non-sexting teens, leading to regret later on in life.

         It seems silly why someone would want to sext nude or provocative images to another person, possibly being judged or made fun of, but teens seem to do anything to feel connected and included to be accepted in their social groups. The pressure to maintain an attractive presence on the Internet is extremely high, and teens are willing to do almost anything to get this attention. High school students are the #1 users of SnapChat and the #1 victims of pedophiles’ attempts to sext with them.

         Now, why would you send a picture to someone if you only wanted him or her to see it for 10 seconds? Are you too ashamed of the picture? Would you want your parents seeing the pictures you send? This is all a creepers dream, created with the single intention of providing a false sense of security for its users. Predators take advantage of the fact that teens are so gullible to such a ridiculous app that claims “pictures are deleted forever” and use SnapChat for their own disgusting needs. Have we never heard of the expression “once it’s on the Internet, it’s on there forver”?

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NEW YORK – A Wall Street maverick who wants Apple Inc. to share more of its wealth with investors took his case to other shareholders Thursday, urging them to send management a message by voting against a company proposal at the upcoming annual meeting.      

On a conference call with investors and reporters, David Einhorn, founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, laid out the case for something he calls ”iPrefs,” a class of dividend-bearing preferred stock. He wants Apple to issue these shares free to shareholders as way of committing to use its massive profits for the benefit of shareholders.

Right now, Apple hands only a small amount of its profits to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks. The rest of the money goes in the bank, where Apple’s cash hoard amounted to $137 billion at the end of last year.

Einhorn’s proposal isn’t on the agenda for Apple’s annual shareholders…

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Salable Threadier Sky

An hour ago I got a prompt on my iPhone for a new iPhone over-the-air software update, iOS 6.1.2. Two days ago, on February 19th, I got a prompt for an iOS 6.1.1 update. Two updates within 2 days. What is up, Apple?

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Looking at the image above, it says the iOS 6.1.1 update will “fix an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S”. No further information was provided to explain the aforementioned “issue” but I reckon it has something to do with the 3G connection problem with the iPhone 4S units.

I have not even noticed any 3G-related problem at all. Maybe it’s just something that I don’t really pay attention to as battery drain is not something new with the iPhones. My first iPhone was a 3GS model and it got so battered by numerous jailbreak (my fault as my tinkering curiosity killed my…

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A few years ago, we though Apple computers were immune to malware.  It was a sales pitch, Apple used to market its healthy hardware.  Now Chinese hackers have found Apple’s weak spot and have compromised several Apple employees’ computers.  It was a surprise for me to learn that Apple was no longer free of malware, but I guess nothing stays perfect forever.

According to MacRumors, a number of Macs owned by Apple employees were compromised by the same China-based hackers that targeted Facebook employees recently, reports All Things D. The malware entered the systems through the Java plug-in, which Apple has blocked recently due to unpatched security vulnerabilities.

“Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers,” the company said in a statement to AllThingsD. “The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and…

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