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International Tweens - SPRING18

Uplifting Lifestyle Magazine for Today's 8-14 Year Olds.

After many months, I was

After many months, I was proud that I had over one thousand followers, and my posts usually got around two to four hundred likes. I also got tons of trophies on Snapchat. Most of my followers were just strangers to me, only about four or five people I would call real friends. I skipped the posts that were weird — some young girls and guys around my age were posting too many selfies wearing 'sexy' clothes,[but] they got many comments and likes. I tried to get my homework done but my mind just wanted to know if I got a like or not. I checked Snapchat every morning. I was on Instagram the whole way to school. I checked them both during all my breaks and spent all my time at home on them. My parents told me to walk my dog and instead, I forced my dog to take a selfie with me and posted it. Yeah, dog pictures always get lots of aww's and muahs. Honestly, there was nothing that interesting on Instagram or Snapchat. My parents told me to walk my dog and instead, I forced my dog to take a selfie with me and posted it. Yeah, dog pictures always get lots of aww's and muahs. My parents started picking up on my bad attitude. I didn’t want to be mean to them but I couldn’t pay attention whenever they talked to me. I was in a social media daze and they snapped me out of it. They knew social media was influencing me really badly, and luckily, they decided to stop it for me. They helped me realize that there were so many things I wanted to do, but being on social media took away my time and focus. I was more than happy to delete my accounts. 26

INTERNATIONAL Tweens AFTER I QUIT, I BEGAN OBSERVING THE PEOPLE AROUND ME, AND I SAW THAT THEY’RE IN THE SAME SITUATION I WAS IN. Strangers on the bus and train, my classmates, random people passing me on the sidewalk — they’re trapped in this meaningless cycle of social media. All they do, and all I used to do, was scroll through, not even processing the images, but not having anything better to do—I can’t believe I was one of them. I spotted a guy taking a picture of his shoes and a woman almost ran into him from the back because she was also on the phone. I wanted to tell them that they looked like losers, literally. They were losing out on the view of beautiful snowflakes falling from the sky. A really cute bulldog was just walking by. And OMG, what kind of a mother was recording a video of her baby crying? Cuddle your baby! After deleting my social media apps, life is more enjoyable: I walk my dog I read more I hang out with my friends I sketch while I'm on the bus I take time to study I love baking and cooking I listen to a lot of music And OMG, what kind of a mother was recording a video of her baby crying? Cuddle your baby! I still have WhatsApp to talk to my friends and classmates, and I don’t need anything other than that. I hang out with them more, so it’s not like we lost touch. I became more productive with my time, and I’ve become happier. I decided not to let social media run my life, and I’m not too pressured about what other people think as I used to be.