Social media plays many roles. It can increase target audiences’ awareness of your brand, improve your Instagram following in order to reach celebrity status, and improve your ability to find others who share your political concerns. But social media has also shown an ever-growing role in the development of romantic relationships. Not only are social media channels being used to meet new people and connect with those we may find lasting happiness with, but social media is also changing the ways in which we engage with others and navigate those relationships over time. 

Active Accessibility

Without a doubt, social media platforms make relationships more accessible and attainable. While many may lament that social media has killed romance, others have found that leading busy lives precludes them from engaging in activities where face-to-face encounters might lead to long-term relationships. Instead, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat may help those actively seeking a partner to find those who share a common interest or goal without getting dressed up, spending time and money in a social scene, or waiting for love to come to them in places like the gym or church.  

Online dating allows single Americans to utilize a few minutes of downtime here and there to connect with others. Finding a romantic partner in the digital age means exploring the many opportunities to meet new people in online communities, connect with old flames or friends, or get matched up by some experts using a compatibility algorithm. This increases the chances of finding that special someone, rather than simply waiting for it to occur by chance.

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It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, or how old you are; everyone has the ability to be creative in one way or another. You might be inclined toward writing poetry or short stories, or maybe you are able to play a musical instrument. Perhaps your preference is dancing, or you enjoy creating artwork on old pieces of wood.

Whatever your interest, it’s important to know that creativity equates to health, as we know that making art in any form is good for you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. A recent article in Medical News Today indicated that artistic self-expression, whether pursued as a hobby or as a career improves our mental health, helps us deal with trauma, and can contribute to the “maintenance or reconstruction of a positive identity.” 

Researchers have described in detail the significant impact of the visual arts on the health and welfare of individuals, including those dealing with chronic illness. Painting, pottery, textiles, drawing, and photography have been shown to “fill occupational voids and distract [patients from] thoughts of illness,”

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If you’re marketing your business on Twitter or Instagram, you know there’s more to a successful social media campaign than likes and shares. You’re always looking for ways to target your audience more effectively. While you might be using analytical tools to monitor your brand mentions and measure the engagement on individual posts, you’re probably not seeing the whole picture.

Imagine you come down with a bad cold. Your head is stuffy, your throat feels like sandpaper, and you’re reaching for so many tissues, you wish you’d bought stock in Kleenex. A shot of Nyquil and a few cough drops make you feel slightly better, but all you can do is treat the symptoms until your body fights off the infection. In retrospect, it would’ve been a good idea to eat a healthy diet, take a supplement to boost your immune system, and wash your hands more often to reduce your chances of getting sick.

Monitoring social media is a lot like trying to treat the symptoms of sickly business practices. You can reduce the impact of individual customer complaints by responding to them promptly, and you can attempt to recover sales by making changes to your products based on bad reviews. However, you’re spending time and money to address problems you could have prevented.

Hubspot defines social listening as “the monitoring of your brand's social media channels for any customer feedback and direct mentions of your brand or discussions regarding specific keywords, topics, competitors, or industries, followed by an analysis to gain insights and act on those opportunities.” Social listening differs from social monitoring in that you’re analyzing data to find the root cause of the conversation and create a long-term action plan. 

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There are many more ways to make money these days than it seems like there were just a few decades ago. Traditional 9-to-5 jobs are becoming less and less standard as jobs that were once thought of as unique, or exceptions, are becoming more mainstream. For example, people are now able to earn a full-time income doing things like blogging, ridesharing, renting out bedrooms in their home, or even by posting regularly on Instagram--all they have to do is get real followers, post regularly, and engage their audience. There’s no longer a standard to what a good job looks like; many different opportunities are open to everyone.

One industry that many have dreamed of getting into is the entertainment industry, more specifically, the film and movie portion. For years and years kids of dreamed of starring in films alongside or in place of their favorite celebrities, and with the industry being worth $286.17 billion, there’s a lot of potential for money to be made, but becoming an A-list actor or actress isn’t very easy. But as things have evolved and more and more unique job opportunities have opened up, there have become more ways to get involved in the entertainment industry besides becoming a famous actor. For example, even just watching movies and TV shows can open up job opportunities.

If you’re a movie and TV show fanatic and are interested in turning your passion into your career, here are seven of the top ways you can do just that:

1. Join the National Consumer Panel

The National Consumer Panel is a panel of everyday consumers strewn throughout the US. The panelists are asked for opinions and data on products, experiences, and even movies and TV shows that is then relayed back to manufacturers and retailers so that they can improve the shopping and buying experience for all of their customers. While giving input that will change experiences for the better is great, the National Consumer Panel also offers rewards for the time and information that panelists share with them. The rewards can range from physical items to gift cards that are as good as cash. 

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