Disconnect to Reconnect


The internet is an amazing place but it can be a home of bad things too. You get to stay in tough with everyone you have ever met, you can google random things like yourself which is always fun to see the results but sometimes you need to disconnect. If you’re more concerned about checking your news feed on Facebook rather than talking to your friends right in front of you or trying to get your high score on Flappy Bird instead of crossing the road safely then you need to be more aware of what is happening around you. Today is the day you need to take a step back from technology.

Consistent owners of the newest technology is something that the human race has been doing for a very long time. For example in th 19th century, there was a craze sweeping England called “kaleidoscomania” it was a fancy light telescope that everyone went crazy for. What makes today different? Many teens have access to the latest technology devices. How many of your friends have a smartphone? Odds are that more than half of them do. Are you reading this from a smartphone right now? In 2012, ¬†58% of people between 13 and 17 had a smartphone. The percentage of American teenagers that own a smartphone is greater the the humans on this Earth that own a smartphone! We use the heck out of our phones, the average teen spends 20 hours a week on the internet and that doesn’t even count when we go on Twitter, Instagram etc.


Here are some tips to get you in touch (see what I did there) with the real world:

1. Designate a “No Screen” time- give any of your electrical devices to a parent, guardian or roommate for an hour and tell them not to give it to you no matter how much you beg. Do something you would never do e.g. play a sport, learn a new instrument, visit an art gallery without taking a picture of a painting and posting it on Instagram. You would be amazed how much fun you can have without your device.

2. Do it in person- do what in person? Do everything in person. If you’re sitting three feet away from your friend and you are texting them, put your phone down and have a conversation with them. Human interaction is good for you, humans need need to interact with others every once in a while.

3. Go outside- leave your MP3 player and phone at home, get some fresh air because it will be great for your health and do you some good.

4. Don’t fall asleep with your phone- if you sleep with your phone near you, it’ll tempt you to check if anyone has posted anything new on Twitter before you go to sleep. When you wake up, it will be right there for you to check Twitter again and it will be the first and last thing you see in the morning and night. Get it way from your bed and keep technology and sleep completely separate.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and found it useful. Even though technology is a great thing, it can also have negative effects on you so make sure you have enough separate time from your electronic devices and you’ll be just fine. Thanks for reading xoxo




Remember the good old days when you would just chill with your friends or siblings, not having a care in the world? Well those days are fading away and you can’t get them back. It sounds so sad to say but it is true, as the days go by we are gradually getting further and further away from our childhood. We’ve got to start maturing because we are entering our adulthood. It’s depressing, I know.

Children have changed so much now, I remember not having caring about anything, my looks, clothes, boys etc. Children do now, I know some eight year olds that have phones and iPads and they’re so up tight about their looks, I think society is another reason of why children have changed. When I was a child, we had a tv but only with a few channels and none of the technology we have now. We had lots of board game that my friends and I could spend hours playing, we would always play hop scotch, skipping, hide and seek and loads more but children now could just with a switch of a button have the world at their fingertips and they don’t even realise how lucky they are.

One of the best things about childhood was that you didn’t have to worry about homework, meeting deadlines, looking after yourself but when you grow older, you have to be more independent and you don’t rely on others as much when you did when you were little. You had your parents do the basics for you and then you could run free with your friends and let your imagination run wild, you didn’t have to worry about anything and life was great then. As you grow, things and people change. Everything and everyone seems so different now, you see everyday tasks differently to how you did when you were younger. Time flies when you’re having fun and it just seems to be going too quickly, you don’t even realise until you think about it.

Growing up also means you have to mature and become more sensible but sometimes that can be boring, you have to liven things up and make life more fun, just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or relive your childhood memories. Your childhood was probably the best years of you life for many reasons and its said to see it go and pass by. Some good things are when you talk about you memories with friends and family, you remember them like it was yesterday. It always brings joy, makes you smile and reminds how great life really is.

I think when you have children, you can relive your memories with them. You could do all the great things you did with them and its a brilliant excuse to do it. Watch all the films you watched, take them to your favourite parks or holiday destinations, I think it would be such a great thing to do with your family and it would really remind you of all the great times you had as a child.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and it brought you good memories. Thanks for reading xoxo




“Society killed the teenager.” Sadly, society nowadays has killed a lot of teenagers, because of weight issues, bullying, looks etc. Some people judge each other for being the same but when someone changes they still judge them! WHY?! Why do people do this, do they benefit anything out of this, gain any friends? What’s the point? The people in our generation don’t help either, they shaped this society to the way it is, which is really annoying.

People are so judgemental, they pick on the little things and make them a whole lot worse. This sometimes results into bullying, check out my blog on bullying:¬†https://natalayacooke.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/bullying/. There is always that group of people who will never stop judging people and they’ll always get a kick out of this, it’ll seem so hard to stop them, but what goes around comes around. You don’t have to worry, the people or person judging you is probably jealous of you and they might be insecure about themselves, so you don’t have to worry about the people.

The media is also another reason of the society today, television, magazines, advertisements etc. All these pretty faces, slim bodies, “no make up”, flawless skin and hair, there’s too much to list! Mostly girls are ruled by these things and think they don’t amount to anything, but you do! You’re beautiful, just the way you are and you don’t need change ANYTHING about yourself, if anyone wants you to change anything about yourself, say… No, I may not be perfect but this is the best you’ll ever get, so you either take it or leave it! It might seem a little diva like but who cares they should know that and they might realise something. Some girls think they need to change their appearance or personality for a boy, so that he will go out with her. There is no need for this, if he can’t appreciate you for who you are then he is not worth it.

Older generations would probably associate our generation with drugs, crimes, underage pregnancies and more. Which I think is wrong because some of us are actually normal, we might be obsessed with Tumblr, Instagram, Youtube, food, sleep but wouldn’t you rather that than a grandchild when you’re in your 40s? Teenagers have really changed in the last 20 years, we get judged for this and some people think that all teens wear hoodies, trousers half down our bum, smoking but not all of us are like this so why is everyone else judged like this? Not all of us are bad like this and adults have got to understand this.

Lots of different things have influenced the society which has changed a lot of teens around the world, how they see things, their looks, friendships everything about them. Something so little can result to something so big and can have a HUGE impact on other people. Think about what you say because you don’t know how it might affect someone else.

I hope you found this blog interesting, thanks for reading xoxo