Psychologist, students discuss impact of social media on mental health

Amelia Jacobson, Features editor

September 27, 2019

Among the growing concern of social media’s negative influence on the mental wellness of teens in the media, some professionals and teenagers are emphasizing the positive impact on teens lives. A recent Pew Research Center...

Tik-tok (not the song by Ke$ha)

Emma Mansour, Perspectives Editor

September 13, 2019

I did a lot over the summer. Specifically, I watched a lot of Tik-toks. What started as an occasional gander at a Tik-tok that I came across on twitter turned into a full-on addiction. I could spend hours scrolling through the...

Social media activism is #notenough

Darcie Kim, Feature Editor

October 26, 2018

Being politically woke has become a trend. There’s nothing wrong with staying informed about political issues and spreading awareness to promote a movement’s popularity. If anything, this should be encouraged. However sharing...

Do I need my phone?

Ezra Wallach

March 16, 2018

A survey conducted by the Kaiser Foundation showed that kids use technology for 7.5 hours a day, not including school. Even more surprising, this was back in 2009. While this is just one statistic, it has greater consequences;...

Instagram now offers live streaming option

Katie Kim

April 6, 2017

Instagram, one of the most popular social media platforms, updated the app and launched a live streaming option. With this launch, users are able to share what they are doing, when they are doing it and where. Differing from other apps that offer live stream, after the Instagram Live has ended, the whole video disappears and is unable to be retraced back to the user. This update gives users the ability to “live the moment” with their audience. Solely judging from what I witness on my feed, the peers that I am connected with through Instagram have never done a live stream alone. “It’s more of a social thing” Junior Carson Koy said, “not an ‘alone time’ thing. People, myself included, would only go live if they have friends do it with them. I go on it because it’s cool to see who actually starts watching your stream. It could be someone you’ve never talked to but still follow on Instagram. It creates friendship.” “It’s also cool to know that you’re sharing with an audience that you may not know,” Koy said. “You may not be able to tell what a person is really like until you hear the way they talk and their emotions and their body language. I feel like this live launch helps me show my personality in a more genuine way.” Other students choose not to make their own videos, and instead watch others. “I don’t Instagram Live often. I watch a lot of my friends’ though. I think it’s a really cool concept, even though there was already similar ones like Periscope and Facebook Live but on Instagram, it’s gone forever, kind of like a Snapchat,” Senior Yeji An explained. “I think Instagram live is really funny because it’s kind of like video chatting. I don’t do it alone though, I would only do it with friends because it wouldn’t be as awkward as it would be if I was going solo,” Junior Stella Garland said. What I know so far, from attending New Trier, is that I’ve only met one or two people that do not own an Instagram account. However, not everyone that has one willingly chooses to put themselves in the hands of their followers whom they may or may not know. For the ones who are happy to share their experiences, they’re able to because of this new launch in a popular environment. “I did it once and it was kind of weird to know that these names that pop up on my screen are now watching whatever I decide to show on camera. When more people started joining in, it was lit,” Sophomore Haseeb Husa said. Additionally, Instagram Live simply is not as risky as other social media applications that offer a similar live feature. Instagram is the only application that offers a live streaming option that disappears as soon as they are ended by the user. It’s safe in case something was said or done on camera that wasn’t meant to be shown. It is made clear that Instagram Live is a way for us, the social media obsessed generation, to share our experiences, personality, and to make new friends. Some think that it’s a step forward in the interactive world and some choose to keep their lives personal.

Social media poses threat to mental health

Hannah Young

March 6, 2017

Health teachers and students recognize that the use of social media, a seemingly frivolous form of entertainment, could have dangerous consequences, reaping more negative effects than positive on one’s mental health. Health...

Vine shut down due to Twitter’s financial issues

Tia Rotolo

December 7, 2016

The once popular social media app, Vine, has “died.” The makers of Vine sold their six-second-video social media platform to Twitter back in 2012, prior to its launch. Twitter would become the parent company to Vine starting ...

Freshmen bring After School into the classroom

Maya Kowitt

November 3, 2016

In the age of social media, teenagers are swamped with new devices and platforms to express themselves. Too often the anonymity that social media provides creates an outlet for students to share things online they wouldn’t sa...

Staff Editorial

New Trier News Staff

November 2, 2016

Recently, the school has begun to crack down on VPN use to bypass the schools wifi restrictions. Students have noticed the crack down on VPN use and are frustrated with its interference in their daily life. However, the school’s...

Don’t go blocking my sites

Camille Baer, Opinion's Editor

November 6, 2015

Blocking social media is like blocking life. You can’t avoid it, and the harder you try, the more obvious its existence is. In the past when Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook were not blocked, I didn’t feel as much of an...

To stream or not to stream

Adam Sheffield, Sports Editor

October 16, 2015

Let’s be honest here, when was the last time you actually bought a song or CD? The music-streaming industry is constantly changing, and iTunes is slowly becoming a thing of the past. While Apple Music, YouTube, and P...