So never have I felt as old as I do right now. At 32 I guess that’s not a good thing.
One of the things I simply don’t get is how the negative aspects of social media are influencing some of our youth and adults. I am actually really glad that we didn’t have things like Facebook and Twitter when I was at high school, even though now as an adult, I rely on such social media from a professional perspective. OK so I am also a bit nosey too… and now and then I tag my sister, who lives in Brisbane, into the odd family pic or to show off my giant Yorkshire puddings to make her jealous and miss home. I’m nice like that!
But I honestly think that the four ‘Neck-Nomination’ deaths has been the icing on the cake for me.
The Neck-Nomination (or NekNomination) game involves participants filming themselves downing a pint of alcohol, often a mixture of spirits and nominating someone to continue the game, and posting the video on Facebook or YouTube.
Participants are often dared to outdo the exploits of those who nominated them, taking this challenge to whole new level.
I have heard some horrendous stories from friends and co-workers of footage they have seen. I don’t have a strong enough stomach to even contemplate watching something like this, or to be frank the spare 30 seconds of my life to waste on something so pointless.
One person told me of a friend she has who was called into see their Manager at work, as he had been made aware of footage on his Facebook page. He was told to remove it, which he did. However he then added it to YouTube so his employer wouldn’t know. Seriously why would you do that? Is this really the right way to get attention, or your five minutes of fame?
I work within South Leeds with many volunteers of all ages, and I am really keen to champion our residents having great opportunities in the area they live. I feel strongly that we have so many resources available, many of which are FREE which I would hope would promote the talent we have in the area in a positive way.
I spoke to one South Leeds resident Aisha Latif who is only 15 and already gives up some of her free time to volunteer.
“Volunteering helps you to become more confident and help your community whilst meeting new people. I have been a volunteer at St Andrews Beavers for about 5 months now. I originally joined through the Duke of Edinburgh award from school. But I will continue volunteering even when I have completed my Duke of Edinburgh award.
“Volunteering is an important thing to do because it will help you to get into a routine for when you start a job and many employers look to find employees with volunteering in their CV’s because it shows you are committed to helping and improving your community. A lot of jobs come from volunteering at first too.”
Now I am not for one moment suggesting that everyone rushes out to become a Scout Leader. However when competition for jobs, career opportunities and university places is so competitive and mental health issues amongst our youth and adults is on the increase should we not be looking at positive ways for people to get engaged with their community and peers?
If you volunteer or carry out an activity within the local area which has had a positive influence on your life please tell us about it in the Comments below. Lets share the great things happening on our doorstep.
Signing off now to get a drink – nope not a pint of vodka or beech, an Umbongo! Hey it’s not rock’n’roll but I like it! And it’s not likely to kill me…. I hope!