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If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. This is the argument advanced in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd. Boyd—full disclosure, a friend of mine—has spent a decade interviewing hundreds of teens about their online lives.

What she has found, over and over, is that teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them. “Teens aren’t addicted to social media. They’re addicted to each other,” Boyd says. “They’re not allowed to hang out the way you and I did, so they’ve moved it online.”

It’s true. As a teenager in the early ’80s I could roam pretty widely with my friends, as long as we were back by dark. But over the next three decades, the media began delivering a metronomic diet of horrifying but rare child-abduction stories, and parents shortened the leash on their kids. Politicians warned of incipient waves of youth wilding and superpredators (neither of which emerged). Municipalities crafted anti-loitering laws and curfews to keep young people from congregating alone. New neighborhoods had fewer public spaces. Crime rates plummeted, but moral panic soared. Meanwhile, increased competition to get into college meant well-off parents began heavily scheduling their kids’ after-school lives.

The result, Boyd discovered, is that today’s teens have neither the time nor the freedom to hang out. So their avid migration to social media is a rational response to a crazy situation. They’d rather socialize F2F, so long as it’s unstructured and away from grown-ups. “I don’t care where,” one told Boyd wistfully, “just not home.”

Don’t Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It’s Your Fault | Wired Opinion | Wired.com (via brutereason)

And also everything is expensive. There’s nowhere to go for cheap thrills.

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miss-bambi-tails:

tanukigalpa:

rosalarian:

I think we could all use a tiny kitten on our screens from time to time.

ugh i love how his tail is just a triangle

IT’S TAIL IS A TRIANGLE

miss-bambi-tails:

tanukigalpa:

rosalarian:

I think we could all use a tiny kitten on our screens from time to time.

ugh i love how his tail is just a triangle

IT’S TAIL IS A TRIANGLE

(Source: dpaf)

helpyoudraw:

crom-dvbh:

1] A grip is considered forward when the blade opposes the little finger. The Hammer grip, also called forward, this is the predominant grip technique. The fingers are wrapped around and under the belly of the handle, and the thumb is wrapped around the handle and in contact with the forefinger. The knife assumes a blade point angled up position when the wrist is locked and square.

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mudora77:

Just wanted to show off what I had done. What a nice piece of pork right there! NOM NOM NOM. 

mudora77:

Just wanted to show off what I had done. What a nice piece of pork right there! NOM NOM NOM. 

shugarsart:

walk walk fashion baby

shugarsart:

walk walk fashion baby

brb-being-brazilian:

ohmisterfujishiro:

raise-youup:

proof that a gif set of a drag queen receiving acceptance from her father will spread through tumblr like wildfire.. 33,000+ notes later.

basically

Oh no I’m crying;;

ps I’m in shit for my grades again

Kinda hoped that wasn’t gonna happen but

welp

dawnof-thefinalday:

This is literally the whole series

(Source: tomatogami)

roachpatrol:

tsunderefaery:

アワーグラスジレセットジャケット

FFFGHGHGHFFFHOLY SHIT. 

housemuxika:

For later reference

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ccato28:

Clothing and designs by Pinkabsinthe

Incidentally, if Hubby makes that Yuga, I’m mildly tempted to make a post-AoL Queen Zelda.

And have it be all pretty art and gorgeous responses full of well-thought out headcanon and feels-inducing monologues.

I’d just have to finalize a design for her.

>OoC on Oil blog: perfectly clean language and no mature things besides plot things and just general wholesomeness
>OoC in LoZRP: SEX JOKES AND CURSING EVERYWHERE

levvykevie:

laughingatmyreality:

today in math class, I didn’t understand the work so I started doing this to pass the time (and also to make it look like I was doing something). my intent was to fill up the whole paper, but before I finished my math teacher came behind me, took my pencil, and wrote the bottom.

That is actually really inspirational

levvykevie:

laughingatmyreality:

today in math class, I didn’t understand the work so I started doing this to pass the time (and also to make it look like I was doing something). my intent was to fill up the whole paper, but before I finished my math teacher came behind me, took my pencil, and wrote the bottom.

That is actually really inspirational