By Molly Merson
Social Media Editor
Since its release in July 2016, “Pokemon Go” has taken fans by storm. The game has been downloaded by more than 130 million iOS and Android users. It has already once surpassed the number of daily Twitter users. After topping the number of daily Tinder users in its’ first month of release, there’s no denying that this game is something to talk about.
The craze continued through the summer, and local residents of Red Lion would gather in town to play and pick up in-game items at local shops. “It’s very addicting to play,” freshman Dylan Zeller said. However, senior Alec Jacobs said “It blocks traffic when they play in the square.”
By Isaiah Workinger
The amount of guys growing out their hair has drastically increased over the past few months. When going out in public now you look around and see guys with “flows” everywhere (flow refers to long hair).
The internet definitely has influences in today’s culture. Movie stars and college athletes play a role in why long hair is becoming popular. College athletes can be seen with hair flowing out of their helmets which some guys think is cool. Also, famous male stars, like Orlando Bloom can also be seen rocking a man bun.
Some guys participate in this fad because they like their hair flowing out of their football or lacrosse helmet. Senior Erik Paules added “Gotta have the lettuce.” Others just think they look good with it, so they roll with it. This trending style looks as though it is here to stay for the next few years.
Girls are also an influence on the choice of hair. “I think girls like it up to a point,” senior Brooks Argento said. “I’m starting to get to that point.”
Some girls like it more than others. “Long hair is luscious and beautiful” said sophomore Abby Castle.
Out of all the people who were asked for their opinion on guys having a flow, girls responded most of the time that it depends on the guy. Contrary to that, most boys with short hair said they don’t like the long hair look. It really does just depends on the person you ask.
Guys with long hair just generally like how they look with it, and that is what matters most. “It’s freakin sweet,” senior Cole Snyder said when asked about his hair. As long as their hair looks good, and they keep pulling the ladies, they’ll keep the flow.
By Molly Merson
Tapping pencils and feet, questions gone unanswered, sweaty foreheads, and nervous glances. Test taking anxiety afflicts many of us daily. It is a dangerous enemy of any high school student, turning even the simplest of exams into an intense scene straight from teens’ worst nightmares.
As students embark on their high school career, stress is a major aspect. Things such as class work, extra curricular activities, and exams are major causes of stress in high school. Tests are typically weighted more in point value compared to other assignments. Some students struggle with test taking anxieties that can possibly impact their scores.
“I do believe it [test taking anxiety] is common in high school,” Red Lion Area Senior High School’s psychologist Mrs. Persing said. “But I don’t think many students reach out for help when dealing with it.”
Students with test taking anxieties have shown to perform at an average of 12 points lower than a student without test taking anxiety. Grades can drop as much as half a letter grade or more because of severe test taking anxiety, resulting in students performing much lower than their potential because of this fear of tests.
There is not a specific subject of need among all students. “It depends on the student’s strengths and weaknesses,” Mrs. Persing said. There are no current reports of test taking anxiety in the school. However, it’s very common in high school. Approximately 16-20% of students have a form of extreme test taking anxiety.
In addition, an average of 18% of students struggle with a moderately-high test taking anxiety. Some students suffer from this anxiety without even realizing it. In order to conquer test taking anxiety, help is needed. Whether it’s from outside help or within oneself, test taking anxiety can be defeated somehow.
By Raven Rodriguez
Social media heavily affects teens and their body image. The awareness one has of their body image can come as a result of the things they group with. “It starts with exposure at a young age and people that they look up to,” former health teacher Mrs. Sam Smith said.
If the person that someone looks up to is a certain body weight or type, they may try to mimic them and achieve a similar physique, even if it’s not necessarily healthy. Comments that are repeatedly said over and over while growing up can also have an impact.
It can also have things to do with like what you see when you Are younger, from barbie dolls for girls and figurines for boys. and even more the disney princesses.
Body image can be linked to seeking attention. Body image issues don’t only affect girls, they affect guys just as much. It can be in ways as simple as taking vitamin supplements (and not being in a sport) to having a better looking body.
If one grows up with parents that are very health conscious, it is very possible that they will grow up to be health conscious as well. It can either have a good impact or the complete opposite. Social media tries to portray models as being healthy even if their appearance is not realistic for the average teenager or healthy.
“They think that if they see it on social media it’s okay, but anyone can put anything on social media. Not everything that is on social media has a reliable source and people don’t seem to notice that,” said Mrs. Smith.
With this day and age, people post things all over social media for attention/approval. It impacts their self image. Almost everyone goes on social media, it’s a place of comfort for some people.
Having body image issues can lead to low self esteem but its not only body image that leads to having a low self esteem. It can also lead to things such as eating disorders.
Health teachers, guidance counselors, a doctor, or a parent are all reputable sources to seek out if one is struggling with body image issues, and ultimately one can make goals with them.
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