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Whether you spend the majority of your time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or some combination of them all, the world of social media is an interesting place.

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It’s a world where a woman laughing in a Chewbacca mask can go from ordinary mom to global phenomenon overnight, and a place where saying the wrong thing can earn you more backlash than you can handle in mere minutes.

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How is this possible? While some of the success enjoyed by the various platforms can be accredited to their design and infrastructure, the majority is fuelled by us, the users. We are the ones who have become addicted to what they have enabled us all to gather and share, and we are the ones who can’t seem to go even a day without them.

That being the case, we are therefore the ones responsible for a number of the  (in my opinion) saddening trends emerging across the online landscape. Here is my list of 5 unfortunate online trends — in both video and written form — that we have all bought into and are keeping in place:

1. The Death Of Audio

To most of us, the idea of going back in time and being forced to watch television or films without sound seems like a terrible regression. Dialogue, sound effects, soundtracks, and everything else that the audible world has to offer all play an integral role in the viewing experience we’ve grown to love and expect.

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Yet our behaviour on social media would seem to suggest otherwise. According to multiple publishers, 85% of Facebook video is watched without sound. While much of this can undoubtedly be attributed to the environments in which we often peruse our social media feeds (i.e. at work, where audio is not an option without consequences), the habit stretches outside of those situations surprisingly often.

We seem to have developed a commitment filter, fully dependent on being visually stimulated enough to even consider actually listening to what a video has to say. While content creators, including myself, have adjusted to this behaviour by including subtitles, let’s not forget to engage our ears in the viewing experience to fully gauge whether or not it is something we want to ‘like’ or ‘share.’

2. Put It In A List Or We’re Not Reading It

Before you jump down my throat for being a hypocrite — this article is a list, after all — hear me out. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, one of the main reasons you are here is because I decided to present it to you in this format.

A quick look through some of my best performing articles of all time (out of the over 350 I’ve written) makes one thing abundantly clear: nearly all of them feature lists.

9 Common Traits Of Happy People (That They Don’t Talk About),” “8 Signs You’re In A Relationship Worth Keeping,” and “7 Things You Should Never Do On Social Media” have all generated hits in the hundreds of thousands, while the performance of many equally as valuable pieces of content not in list format paled in comparison.

Lists are great at delivering the key points concisely, but let’s not forget to read between the headings. (Then again, who am I even writing this part for? You’ve already long moved on to numbers 3 through 5.)

3. Sex Sells

We’ve all seen it multiple times. Whether it be an article about gut health, a meme with an empowering quote, or, most common of all, a playlist of songs on YouTube, it always seems to have something “sexy” as the featured image.

It could be a shirtless and toned guy on the edge of a rock, a stunning young woman who manages to make depression look appealing, or just a female butt in underwear; all these and more regularly find their way into our social media experience. (Watch College Humor’s hilarious take on this exact phenomenon HERE.)

Why is this the case? Because we click on it! While much of the content these images draw us toward is great, we should remember to give equal attention to things posted without the “eye candy.”

4. Our Attention Spans Are Shrinking

According to Adweek, Snapchat is the fastest growing social network, well on pace to outperform many of the well-established heavy hitters in a short matter of time. To me, this perfectly represents one of saddest trends in our online usage: how short our attention spans have become.

Have we really become so unwilling to commit and connect with content that it needs to be delivered to us in 10 seconds or less?

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Snapchat as a platform; I’ve been intermittently using it (unsuccessfully) for months now, but I do worry about how it could be worsening an already troubling trend. Continue to have fun with it, but also be mindful of whether it is impacting your attention span in other areas of life

5. We’re Never Offline

In December of 2015, Time released an article stating that Americans collectively check their phones approximately 8 billion times per day, with the average user checking in on their device 46 times.

Those numbers alone are staggering enough, but they become even more alarming when we take into consideration the potential harm associated with EMFs coming from our phone, even when not in use.

And so this perpetual connection is the most worrisome trend of all. The world is too beautiful a place to be on, see, and discover to just vicariously experience it through our phones.


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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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