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Premier League Predictions

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by Nirvaan Doshi

In this article I am going to predict the scores for each game on matchday 11 and 12 so let’s get started. The premier league is a football league. There are 20 teams and each team plays against each other two times. 

Matchday 11

1 Southampton vs Aston villa

Score : 1 – 1 Because they both are good

2 Man United vs Man City

Score : 3 – 1 and Man city win.

3 Chelsea vs Burnley

Score : 3 – 0 and Chelsea win.

4 Crystal Palace vs Wolves

Score : 1 – 1 Because they both are good

5 Brentford vs Norwich City

Score : 2 – 0 and Brentford win

6 Brighton vs Newcastle

Score : 2 – 2  Because they both are good

7 Everton vs Tottenham

Score : 1 – 0 and Tottenham win

8 Leeds United vs Leicester City 

Score : 4 – 1 and Leicester city win

9 Arsenal vs watford

Score : 1 – 0 and

10 West Ham vs Liverpool

Score : 3 – 0 and Liverpool win

Matchday 12

1 Leicester City vs Chelsea

Score : 2 – 1 and Leicester City win

2 Newcastle vs Brentford

Score : 1 – 1 Because they both are good

3 Burnley vs Crystal palace 

Score : 2 – 0 and Crystal palace wins

4 Aston villa vs Brighton

Score : 1 – 1 Because they both are good

5 Man United vs watford

Score : 2 – 1 and Man United win

6 Wolves vs West Ham

Score : 2 – 1 and West Ham win

7 Norwich city vs Southamton

Score : 2 – 0 and Southamton win 

8 Liverpool vs arsenal

Score : 2 – 0 and Liverpool win

9 Man City vs Everton

Score : 3 – 0 and Man city win

10 Tottenham vs Leeds United

Score : 2 – 1 and Tottenham win 

Some of the scores might be correct and some might not. So check all the scores and see if my predictions were correct.

The MET Gala

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by Sania Ambardekar

The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Unlike other charity events, the Met Gala is invitation only and is typically based on a person’s status, attracting the likes of the A-list celebrities.  This event sets the tone for the rest of the year for the fashion industry and marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s fashion exhibit; it can also be considered the fashion world equivalent of the Oscars. 

Due to Covid-19 last year, the ball was postponed to September 13th this year which makes it all the more enticing. This year’s theme was to celebrate the best of American Fashion and mark the Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary. This theme reflects the evolving notions of identity in the country. “In looking at the past through this lens, we can consider the aesthetic and cultural impact of fashion on historical aspects of American life,” said Max Hollein, the Marina Kellen French director of the Met. Celebrities are encouraged to dress explicitly outside their comfort zone which catches a lot of awe as well as criticism. The worst outfits are the boring ones: you go big or go home. Naturally, such a glamorous event cannot be complete without its controversies.

        Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of the American Vogue magazine became a co-chair in 1995 and turned the red carpet event into the event of the year. 

From Nicki Minaj’s complaints about the vaccination mandate to Amy Schumer’s nasty remarks about the event, they aren’t alone in disliking the Met Gala, with much of the public voicing disdain for the exclusive event as well.  

In recent years, the Met has made a shift from art to pop culture by inviting reality stars, YouTubers and social media influencers. A change this drastic had to have its criticisms. Steve Soloman, a fashion design student from the 90s called it a “movie star frat house” with celebrities who just want an opportunity to show off their wealth; who couldn’t care less about the museum, exhibit or the Costume Institute. 

The first name that comes to mind while talking about this year’s Met is none other than Kim Kardashian. Her look had no solid inspiration confirmed and brought about a lot of confusion, speculations and memes. Some found it iconic while others compared it to how the burqa is viewed as a sign of oppression whereas Kim’s outfit was seen as empowering, exposing a double standard. These statements were quite extreme and disputed. 

On the other hand, Billie Eilish created quite a stir. It was found that she refused to wear Oscar de la Renta unless they promised to go fur-free. This was a powerful and influential moment for her as well as her fans. Kendall Jenner’s stunning sheer dresses and Katy Perry’s over the top outfit changes could not help but break the internet. 

Celebrities didn’t shy away from political messages this year either with politician Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Cara Delevigne and others, flaunting social messages on their costumes. This was a debatable yet bold way of matching the theme. Apart from the more prominently bold outfits, some celebrities like Rihanna and Nikkie de Jager paid a tribute to Black and transgender icons.

An event of such a scale brings together not only fashion but also music, film and art. Whether it’s the bold or questionable choices or even the crashers, The Met is the night to make a statement, turn heads, cause Twitter moments and make global headlines and let’s be honest, the controversies just add to the hype. If there’s one guarantee it’s that The Met will have us talking long after it’s over. Above all, it is a fundraiser that raises millions of dollars, specifically for the fashion department and helps celebrate the rich history of fashion.

Travel in the UK for Indians.

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by Neel Gupta

Travel is opening in India! British citizens can now travel to India but they will have to undergo quarantine for 7 days at minimum and take COVID-19 tests before exiting quarantine. This rule was published a couple of days after the UK eased travel restrictions for double vaccinated Indian citizens.

Air traffic could possibly reduce in to India after festival ‘Diwali’ as most families, as crowding and gatherings can lead to a potential spike in COVID-19 cases.  There has also been tension between the UK and India over the Indian-made AstraZeneca covid vaccination. The UK used to refuse to recognise the Indian vaccine ‘Covishield’ even though the doses were identical to the ones given to millions of UK citizens.

BBC News states that “According to a release by the Indian government, earlier guidelines dated 17 February will now be applicable to all travellers arriving in the country from the United Kingdom”.

If you are travelling to the UK with a double dose of the Covishield Vaccine you will no longer need to quarantine in the UK, this rule also applies to other Vaccines approved by the UK such as Pfizer, SpikeVax, and Johnson & Johnson.

Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, Posted from his official Twitter handle, “No quarantine for Indian travellers to UK [who are] fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from 11 October. Thanks to Indian government for close cooperation over last month.”

References

Singhal, Ashok. “UK Recognises Indian Vaccine Certificate: No Quarantine for Covishield-Vaccinated Travellers from Oct 11.” India Today, 7 Oct. 2021, www.indiatoday.in/india/story/uk-india-no-quarantine-vaccinated-travellers-covishield-1862145-2021-10-07. 

“Covid: India Withdraws 10-Day Quarantine for UK Nationals.” BBC News, BBC, 14 Oct. 2021, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-58767418. 

THE HISTORIC GAME

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by Shreyan Gorantala

Sunday, the 24th of October 2021 is a day many will talk about for years. Two clubs with so much history amongst them and one of the biggest rivals played against each other. Liverpool was in great form winning their last 4 matches but Manchester United had the home advantage. Fans cheered as the Red devils* walked onto the pitch and booed at the Liverpool players. United was not looking strong though, as in their previous matches United lost 4 – 2, and conceded a lot of goals. Although Manchester had home support, Old Trafford* didn’t expect the result of the fixture. 

Manchester United came up with a promising counter-attack when the ball was played to captain Bruno Fernandes. A golden opportunity to put the Red Devils ahead, but the ball flew over the crossbar and the score remained goalless. Liverpool built up the attack when Jordan Henderson, the captain of Liverpool played a ball through two United players to Mohammed Salah. The Egyptian winger gave a pass finding Naby Keita in the box and the opportunity was captured, as Keita slotted the ball past United keeper David de Gea in the bottom left corner to give the away side the lead. In the 13th minute, It was Mohammed Salah who dribbled the ball and gave a pass to Trent Alexander Arnold. The right wing-back* crossed the ball to Diogo Jota, and the Portuguese striker doubled the lead for Liverpool. 

Liverpool’s Winger Mohammed Salah had the ball again and went for a shot on goal. Harry Maguire, a United defender, blocked the shot and was going outside for a corner. Out of nowhere Naby Keita sprinted to reach the ball and crossed it to the box, hoping it would find somebody. And it did! Mohammed Salah this time hit the ball for the first time and there was nobody to save it and hit the back of the net. United fan’s in disbelief and crying and frustrated by the way Manchester was playing. Meanwhile, Liverpool fans rejoiced and cheered whole-heartedly with the current 3 – 0 score. In added time*, probably the last touch of the half, Liverpool came with one last attack. Firmino passed it to Diogo Jota, who was crowded with three of United’s players, and found Salah open. Salah did not miss the chance and made it 4 – 0 right before halftime. 

When the half-time whistle blew, Manchester United’s players kept their heads down and walked into the dressing room to have a team talk. The fans also had enough of it, and over thousands were seen leaving the stadium in Anger. Many questioned the United Manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, strategies, and playing style. You could see the frustration with the players also playing under Ole. The whistle blew again and the stadium was looking empty, but it was time for the game to resume. As the second half started. 

United had a corner, a chance to get out of the shame and try to come back into the game, but it backfired. The play was stopped with a block from Salah, to find Henderson. The Liverpool Captain carried* the ball and played a through ball* to Salah who ran down the pitch, received the ball , and chipped the ball over De Gea. A 5 -0 score with a hat-trick* and an assist*, in such a big game, for Mohammed Salah, giving him the motivation to do better. United had a chance to make a consultation goal where Cristiano Ronaldo, the new signing, showed his skills and shot the ball into the bottom left corner. It was then revealed offside* and the goal was disallowed. Later on, a dangerous tackle came from substitute* Paul Pogba, as the French midfielder flew for a dangerous tackle and fouled Naby Keita. He was later shown red*, and Pogba hopelessly walked out of the pitch. The United players and fans were glad that the final whistle blew and they did not have to play anymore. 

MEANINGS AND DEFINITIONS 

Red Devils – Manchester United team nickname 

Old Trafford – Manchester United stadium name 

Right wing-back – Position (a person who plays attack and defence but positioned as a defender)

Added time – Etra time with time stopping for injuries

Carried – Dribbling

Through Ball – 

Hat- trick –  Scoring three goals in one game 

Assist – Passing to the player who scored the goal 

Offside – The player is nearer to the opponent’s goal than both the ball and the second-last opponent

Substitute – A player swapping another player during the game. 

Red – Here it means a red card, which Means that you cannot play this game and the next and the team has 1 player down. 

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Transfer’s

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by Rishab Ghai

In this article, I am going to be talking about Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfers! Let me tell you about the G.O.A.T. This man started playing in 2003 and is playing to date [2021]!

Now without further ado let’s start with all of his transfers! The golden year, 2003. Ronaldo joined the club Manchester United to kick start his football career. He played there for 6 years. A normal player in 2003, after 6 years one of football’s greatest players. Manchester United used to pay him $14 million just when he was 16 years old. After playing for 6 years in Man Utd, Real Madrid F.C. decided to sign Ronaldo for $35 million. This was one of the best moves Madrid could have done, Ronaldo did everything for them and brought a whole new skill level! Ronaldo had scored 450 goals for Real Madrid. Rephrase? The La Liga top scorer was also Ronaldo! After playing for Real Madrid for 5 years Ronaldo got an invite from the Italian club called Juventus, who signed him for $117.90 million! He played over there for 3 years and scored a total of 234 goals in one term! This time no other team signed him but where he started his career here he might end it there, it was Manchester United F.C. who signed him for $15 million euros!

Now a question I have for you is which team do you think Ronaldo might go next in? Or when will he end his career!

What the Australia Series says about Indian Women’s Cricket

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by Tara Hebbar

Breaking the fortress of Gabba, or breaking the Australian’s 27 ODI win streak. These two wins for both teams respectively are both historic and equally important in the scheme of things for the cricketing world. However, ask any Indian layman, they’ll be able to tell you the score of Rishab Pant in that match, but very few will even know about the feat of the Indian Women’s team. Although women’s cricket has come a long way and has taken the long and winding road to where it is today, the fact of the matter is – the achievements of the mens and womens team are similar, however, the attention, prestige and recognition is on two ends of the same spectrum.

With a drawn test match, lost ODI and one day series, one would assume that the Indian Women would go back disappointed. However, their small and historic successes should amount to some celebration for the contingent. The first factor is gender neutral – the Australian pitch, which is always discussed with the wary tone of dread. In the past, Indians have always had trouble when it comes to the Australian pitches due to the extra bounce and other conditions which are paradoxes to the flat Indian pitches. For this reason, many commentators and sports analysts had written the Indian women off before they set foot in the down under. Although based on precedent, many players like left-handed opener Smriti Mandana, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami and re-discovered talented allrounder Sneh Rana showed that they are class cricket players on any pitch. Therefore, even the draw in the test and one win in the ODI format shows the versatility, hard-work and talent of the team. With top-ranked teams like the Kiwi’s and Proteas being unable to beat the Australians in the ODI format, it was the Indian girls who broke this and proved to the world that they are a force to be reckoned with. 

In addition to these pitches, there’s the very unfortunate fact that there is no domestic season for Indian Women in cricket and therefore, during the lockdown period and the time subsequent to it, the cricket played by the players was minimal. They had to get their cricket going from smaller series and foreign tournaments like the Big Bash and Hundred. This is extremely disheartening because of the focus that the BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) gives to the men’s end of the game. The men have access to not only the Ranjhi, but so many other domestic leagues (like the Hazare trophy, etc.), never giving the players; both capped and uncapped, a chance to lose touch with the game. In addition to this, there was so much planning, investment and time given to the IPL, with the effort taken to relocate it and get players back. With the women’s game, however, no such effort was made from the beginning. This divided attention to one gendered area of the sport by our nation’s cricketing body is highly disappointing. In spite of this negligence, lack of practice, long quarantine the contingent was able to play their best and prove themselves in all formats of the game. Although the money in the mens game is more, the sport and abilities are the same, therefore, the importance that needs to be given has to be the same too.

This Australian series has shown that Indian Women’s cricket has come a long way, and that we have to have pride in our nation’s team and it’s abilities. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s all positive. It must also be used as an opportunity to reflect on the divide in attention, resources and investment by the BCCI which continues to spend exorbitant sums of money on the men’s game and only sparing a very small fraction of that for the women, although they’re achievements can be matched to the men’s. With the correct funding, more attention and equality, there’s no saying how far our team can go. The girls have the talent, they have the skills, all they need now is the platform, opportunity and encouragement, which currently is lacking.  This series should serve as an eye-opener for all sports fans and the BCCI, reminding them that the women’s game is as interesting as the men’s and therefore demands the same investment, which could just propel and catapult the team to win all three series the next Australian tour.  On a positive note, however, it should serve as a reminder that with some time and patience, everything builds up and a once neglected and mocked half of the sport is now setting ablaze the group with every match they play.

Human library #5

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by Siya Aggrawal

A From Zero to One: “Scaling an E-Commerce Business from Scratch” by Trisha and Arjun Vaidya

We had a heartfelt and inspiring talk with Trisha and Arjun Vaidya. They gave us a glimpse of the entrepreneurial spirit in the youth, and clearly, it is the future of India. Arjun and Trisha shared their journey of building a new age Ayurvedic products business from scratch. They met in 2014, and as they started dating, Arjun took on his family legacy of Ayurveda in a new age format starting  Dr. Vaidya’s in 2016.  By 2017, they got engaged and Trisha joined the company.  Over the last 3 years, they’ve built India’s largest Ayurveda brand online, touched more than 10 lakh lives, partnered with one of India’s largest corporations and even got married along the way.


In conversation with Arjun Vaidya:

Q: “How did your heritage and familial roots have a impact on the company” 

What we do has a deep bearing to our family‘s legacy.  We started a company from scratch , built it over four years, and now we have sold the company. Vaidya as a last name means Ayurvedic doctor. I come from a legacy of 150 years of Ayurveda in our family. As a family we own more than 100 Ayurvedic proprietary formulations that have been passed down from generation to generation. My great grandfather moved from Gujarat to Bombay in 1923 and set up an Ayurvedic clinic here. My grandfather went to medical school, as was customary at the time, graduated with a medical degree in Ayurveda and joined his father. By 71 he became Mumbai’s, if not India’s most successful and famous Ayurvedic doctor. 

One philosophy that I greatly respected was that consultation was always free. He believed that people should not be restricted by their social strata. We have carried these same values with us. Even today consultation is always free at Dr.Vaidyas. As a  marketing and branding person my father saw a lot of potential and  wanted to make a brand out of what my grandfather had. However, my grandfather and my dad didn’t see eye to eye, as he didn’t understand the need for sales distribution, marketing strategy, etc. Thus my father went his own way and started his own legacy in the jewels and watches business.

I grew up with nebulizers, pumps and medicine for my Asthma. I also spent a lot of time with my grandfather who said that ayurveda can cure me. 14 years of treatment I was cured of juvenile bronchitis. Thus, growing up I started to understand Ayurveda, I was the grandchild that transcribed our scriptures to the computer. 

Q: “How did your time in the United States influence your journey?” 

When I was 17, I went to Brown University for my undergrad with the thought in my mind that I want to do something with Ayurveda. I wrote all my college essays on Ayurveda, my family’s legacy, and what I want to do with it in the future. Although my grandfather was keen on me studying biochemistry, economics and international relations; my experiences in the United States shaped the way I think today about Ayurveda. 

In the northeast I saw the natural organic product revolution first-hand and saw people attached higher value to these products. I also saw yoga revolutionised, repurposed, with yoga pants, yoga clothes, yoga mats, centres etc. It became a multibillion dollar industry in the US. Yoga was taken from us, repackaged, made aspirational and sold back to us. That made me think, if this can be done with yoga why can’t we do the same with Ayurveda. I came back to India when I was 21 and this thought process in my mind. 

Q: “Did you take away any experiences or learnings from your first job experience?” 

When I came back to India, I started working in private equity and spent a lot of time on consumer focused brands in India. Over the three years I was there I spent a lot of time engaging with Indian brands. I saw a drastic change in the India I knew before and the India I came back to. I grew up in an India where everyone was obsessed with imported products. In the ‘90’s we thought if it’s imported it’s good and if it’s Indian then it’s substandard. I came back to a changed nation, we started becoming proud of our heritage. I saw consumers becoming happy to consume quintessentially Indian brands. 2014 brought  patriotism and that pride to consume Indian products  and with it a hinge interest towards Ayurveda began. This change to me was very exciting. 

Q: “Did you always know you were going to go into Ayurveda?” 

Well, I had a rich Ayurvedic legacy, manufacturing facility, all of these formulations and huge scope. When my grandfather passed away, I remember the promise that I had made to him, I would do something with Ayurveda and continue our family’s legacy. For this reason, I took the experience I learnt at my equity job and became an entrepreneur. Upholding the promise I made to my grandfather, I attempted to address the real need that was prevalent. This need was for our ancient science of Ayurveda to interact with modern consumers. To take 5000 years of science, 150 years of family legacy and to repackage and rebrand it to appeal to modern consumers. This was the thought process and journey behind Dr. Vadiyas. The company stands for a new age of Ayurveda. 

In conversation with Trisha Vaidya:

Q: “How did the company expand and become as large and successful as it is today?”

At the time when the company launched there were only 2 products. We’ve reached 64 products now. I used to work for a company called Nyka and was tired of working for other people. I was looking forward to building something. Our main focus was our website where we started with getting one order in two days, this moved to 5 orders a day and eventually to 50 orders a day to now where we have around three and a half thousand orders per day. We started with a team of 10 people and today we’re at 150. We evolved in many ways; our office boy used to pack the orders, we had one customer service representative who used to answer the calls. On Sunday, Arjun and I used to bring the phones home and at our lunch table, we answer the calls. Slowly we realized we had to build teams, operation centers, etc. I think it was a boon that we began by doing this all ourselves as we understood who our customers are and what they need. We had read this somewhere and then adopted this philosophy, we don’t just want to cater to India, we want to cater to ‘Bharat’. We wanted to go beyond our social circles and reach tier one, two, and three consumers. That’s what we ended up doing. 83% of our orders come from tier 2 cities. 

Through this journey, I learned a lot more than I knew about my own country. I learned about different cultures, different perspectives, and more. The forefront of the journey is what the customers want and how to cater to them. We had no investment at the beginning and were using money Arjun’s grandfather left behind so we were very cost-conscious. We ourselves went around town to outside locations and handed out our product and recorded consumer responses. All this helped us learn and understand who our customers were and gave us insights that allowed us to reach this level. We learned what it took to build a brand, the hard work, the passion, and the hands-on experience we need.

YouTube. “Episode 08 : In Conversation with Arjun and Trisha Vaidya.” YouTube. 12 May 2021. Web. 28 Jul. 2021. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWLxIaxtJXo>

Let’s look at what we call a disability a different ability.

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by Amaara Chadda

What we consider disabilities in people are actually different abilities. People mainly consider disabilities of two kinds, mental and physical. Mostly when people see others with physical disabilities they feel sorry for them. And if it is a mental disability they consider them weak and not intelligent, however, in most cases this is not true.

I think our weaknesses are our strengths, let me tell you why. I find that most people with different abilities strive to be independent and can do things on their own. I have seen people in wheelchairs drive cars and even participate in sporting events around the world such as the paralympics, become famous intellectuals, artists and inspirational speakers. To name a few Steven Hawking, Tom Cruise, Nicholas Vujicic and Stevie Wonder.

Another point I would like to add is that differently abled people may lack certain abilities but make up for them in interesting ways. People who suffer from dyslexia normally have heightened creativity, see the big picture, are great visual thinkers and have great spatial knowledge. Autistic people tend to be able to memorise and learn information very early and quickly, are precise and detail oriented, have great memories and aim for perfection and order.

Different abilities are what make people unique. They need to be looked at positively as strengths as when encouraged can lead to great success and growth both for the individual and society. Let’s look at what we call a disability a different ability.

Nuclear Energy

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by Arav Barmecha

Since the industrial age, humans have released over 1.5 trillion tonnes of carbon dioxide or CO2 into the Earth’s atmosphere. In the year 2019, we were still pumping out around 37 billion more. That’s 50% more than the year 2000 and almost three times as much as 50 years ago. And it’s not just CO2. We are also pumping outgrowing volumes of other greenhouse gasses such as Methane and Nitrous Oxide. Combining all our greenhouse gases we are emitting the equivalent of 51 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in the year 2017. Our emissions are rising rapidly, but emissions need to go down to 0. 

In recent years the consequences of rapid climate change have become more visible, with severe wildfires in Australia and the lowest amount of ice ever recorded in the north pole. To slow rapid climate change the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. In 2018, 76% of global emissions were released through energy production namely, fossil fuels. Currently, 84% of the world’s primary energy consumption comes from fossil fuels. 33% from oil, 27% from coal, and 24% from gas. Only 16% of our energy comes from low emission sources such as hydroelectric, solar, wind, and nuclear energy. This means we rely on coal, oil, and gas to keep our civilization going. 

To have a chance of escaping fossil fuels we need to electrify as many sectors as possible. We should switch to using electricity from electric cars to electric furnaces. Electricity might be the key to letting go of our carbon emissions. We would be switching because we can produce electricity from low emission technologies like solar, wind, and nuclear energy.  Consider carbon emissions like an addiction to cigarettes, to quit it you need something to replace it with something like chewing gum. In the same way, we need to replace carbon emissions with electricity.

Considering the risks climate change poses for the biosphere and humanity, any technology that has a chance of contributing to a solution should be pursued. That’s just good risk management and strategy. If we start seeing nuclear energy as an opponent and not a teammate, we might have no hope to come out of climate change. If we take nuclear energy offline right now then that missing energy capacity will be replaced by fossil fuels. I think that nuclear energy is the missing piece to combat climate change.

Does technology play a role in making people feel more isolated?

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by Ira Gandhi

In the past decade technology and social media have become a large part of our lives and helps us express ourselves in many different ways. We have formed millions of connections and bonds through social media and platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter that allow people of different backgrounds and places to interact with thousands of people they never would have met otherwise. That being said most people compare these connections to real friendships and interactions offline and treat them the same which is not good. In fact a study at the University of Scotland linked time on social media to higher levels of anxiety and lower self esteem. 

Firstly, you can’t have real friendships online because the image which you want  to portray of yourself is possibly different from who you really are. In addition all our YouTube channels, blogs, Instagram feeds etc. are basically just trying to convince others and ourselves that we are living the perfect life that is worth following. At the start technology may seem like a modern version of friendship but when you dig deeper you find out that technology and social media can also be a place where you end up isolating yourself from the real world. 

Secondly, these platforms may play a role in a fear of missing out because you can see what everyone else is doing at every moment, you can see how much fun everyone else had at the party that you weren’t invited to. And seeing the other party goers interacting with each other on Instagram and Snapchat just makes you feel worse. Social media interactions are very subjective to individual perspective and  therefore can be misinterpreted

Lastly, everyone is different. While some people might prefer face-to-face interaction, others, especially introverts, may prefer to beat loneliness by interacting online. We are all unique individuals, and can choose different ways to tackle these issues. In the end we as individuals  need to really understand the kind of interactions we have online.

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