Millennials: The anti-social generation?


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Picture this: You’re on the bus. Maybe you’re coming home from work. Maybe you’re on your way to school. Now, look around. You’re probably looking at a jam-packed bus. There’s probably 40 or 50 people on the bus. Of these 40 to 50 people, about half of them are young adults. Most of those young adults are wearing their headphones and listening to music.

Did you picture it? You probably did because it’s a common sight no matter where you are.

Whether you’re walking through the halls at school, walking through a mall or walking down the street, seeing young people listening to their music and not interacting with other people is a common sight, but why is it that this is more common in the younger generation than with those 40 years old and up?

As a young kid these days, you grow up with your iPods, iPhones and MP3 Players. You’re almost trained to keep to yourself. It’s a millennial thing.

As a 20 something year old, I know this all too well. I grew up in this generation, but I also believe I grew up in the middle of needing to bury my face in a phone to avoid eye contact and the Gen-X way of doing things – having an actual face-to-face conversation.

There’s an easy fix (in theory) to this “anti-social” problem. As young people trying to make it in a working world where we need to gain the respect of our elders, we need to take the headphones out of our ears. We need to take our eyes away from our phone screens and try to hold an actual conversation. It might be scary at first and it might be hard, but we can do it.

And if we can’t? Well, then we also can’t be respected members of society.

How one tweet will haunt Denny Hamlin all offseason


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NOD, or NASCAR Offseason Disorder, is a term coined by @annoyingracefan on Twitter. The term was first used by the parody account online in 2014, but the use of the phrase has since become popular by all fans and even some drivers on Twitter during the winter.

Denny Hamlin, on the other hand, won’t be using that hashtag throughout his time off.

In a tweet sent last week, Hamlin expressed his disinterest in fans counting down the days to Daytona.

However, the tweet has now spiraled out of control. It became widespread even to those who don’t follow him. The tweet, which wasn’t well-received from many fans, even attracted the attention of some of his fellow competitors, including Brad Keselowski.

I think most fans understand the fact that drivers have a long season. NASCAR has one of the longest seasons of professional sports. Fans (I think) respect the fact that drivers are in need of a relaxing offseason, but that isn’t going to stop them from missing seeing racing on their TVs.

Now, to Hamlin, go ahead and enjoy your offseason. But don’t forget—only 90 days until the Daytona 500.

‘100 per cent rule’ is 100 per cent impossible to enforce


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Most of the discussion following the Hellmann’s 500 wasn’t about Joey Logano’s win, or Brian Scott’s surprising near win. The discussion instead turned to Joe Gibbs Racing.

To be more precise, the discussion was about the mediocre — at best — runs by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. The three teammates finished 28th-through-30th, and it wasn’t from lack of power, but a lack of effort.

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