Enough About You–NamasteBean

Money plays a huge role in our society today and without any, survival would become vastly difficult. Although not always tangible, its value is forever known by its owners; as long as they allow the banking system to handle their money, which would requires trust in both in that banking system and the government. What we as a society tend to neglect is the fact that money is not actually real; it is the the exact belief of its existence that what makes it endure. For most of us when we get paid, the money is directly transferred into our accounts and then spent without actually seeing a single physical dollar of it. Imagine what would happen if that trust in its existence and the banks to protect our money ever faltered.

Rebuttal– NamasteBean

My Worthy Opponent Is Wrong

       Social media is now the main source for everything a millennial desires: communication, quick answers and fashion trends. Most young adults cannot go very long without checking their phones and its has become more and more evident that an addiction issue is at hand. Blogger Janet Anthony’s article titled “8 Proven Ways How To Use Social Media for Motivation” has not only proven her to be my rightful opponent, but the article itself is flawed and potentially gives dangerous advice.

       Let’s begin by anyalyzing Anthony’s claim that the distraction of social media is great for motivation and re-charging the brain. Anthony asks her readers to stop comparing their body to machines and to actually make time to relax on their phone because “distractions are good for motivations.” Not only does Anthony ignore the fact that most people are already using their phones in excess and no persusassion is necesary, but the idea that procraastion leads to success is most unagreeable. The source provided to back this claim actually disproves it altogether, as well.  A warning on what not to do while re-charging the brain in this article states “stay away from your screen.”

       The social interactions one has can directly affect one’s mental health. Another reason for using social media for motivation, as quoted by Anthony is “they can support you when times are dark;” unsure of who “they” exactly are, we can assume she is referring to the people one surrounds themself with. Although this is not relevant to the main argument, this evidence could be trying to prove that social media relationships are now more essential than human to human interaction, which is extremely questionable. Also, having followers does not qualify as having “people around.” We are social beings and we need real, social interaction to survive in our environment.

       Now, let’s make it known that social media can be motivating to a certain extent; however her claims lackn proper research on the matter.  Inspirational pages and online support can surely improve one’s motivation to a certain degree; however most motivational pages are based on false realities and there is such a lack of truth on social media, so much  that you never know if the advice given on these pages is sincere/adequate; a person could post a 30 second clip of a work out regime for their followers to reach their work out goal, while behind the scenes they may have an eating disorder or experiment with plastic surgery to modify their looks. This can lead people striving to reach unrealistic goals, resulting in depression. 


Anthony, Janet. “8 Proven Ways How To Use Social Media for Motivation.” The Next Scoop, The Next Scoop, 2018, thenextscoop.com/social-media-for-motivation/.

Patel, Neil. “When, How, and How Often to Take a Break.” Inc., 11 Dec. 2014, http://www.inc.com/neil-patel/when-how-and-how-often-to-take-a-break.html.

Umberson, Debra, and Jennifer Karas Montez. “Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 51, no. 1_suppl, 2010, doi:10.1177/0022146510383501.

Robust Verbs– NamasteBean

There is a huge problem in Vancouver with heroin addicts committing crimes to support their habits. The “free heroin for addicts” program is doing everything they can to stop the addicts. The problem is that there is a large crime rate due to the addicts. It is obvious that addicts have a hard time getting through their day to day lives. Daily activities such as jobs, interactions, and relationships are hard to maintain because of the fact that they are using. By heroin users being addicted, they will do whatever they have to do to get their hands on the drug. The types of crimes committed are those of breaking and entering as well as stealing. There are no limits to where they will go to retrieve this drug so that they can feed their addiction. The problem with this program is that it won’t help to ween these addicts off using heroin. It is only trying to save the city from rising crime rates that they’re up to. By providing the drug, these addicts will be off the streets, which in turn will prevent them from committing minor street crimes. This will also keep the heroin users out of the hospital. It is pointless that the hospitals have to deal with people that want to use bad drugs or unsanitary needles and find themselves being unable to afford hospital bills and hard to cope without the drug. This program gives people free heroin in the cleanest way possible. This will in turn fix the city  but not the addiction that these people face.


Heroin addicts commit crimes such as theft and burglary, solely to support their habit. A new program in Vancouver “free heroin for addicts,” is taking a counterintuive approach to keep its comunity safe by providing the drug to the addicts. This is expected to lower crime rates and keep heroin addicts off the streets. Even though this approach may make its citizens feel more comfortable, the addicts will not be saved from their terminal habit.


Social Media Use Has Severely Different Outcomes Depending On Whom Is Using

        Why is it that some people can go hours without being in the same room as their phone while others experience anxiety if they have not checked their social media within the last ten minutes? Unfortunately for most, the second scenario is the case.  A new Pew Center Research Survey done in 2018 of the U.S  on social media demographics found that 78% of 18-24 year olds use Snapchat and within that same group, 71% of them check the social platform multiple times a day. That sure seems excessive, but that same study revealed that  68% of adults (25+) in the U.S. belong to Facbook and more than half of those adults “admitted” to at least going on the site at least once a day. This causes confusion on what is considered immoderate; checking your facebook once a day is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s normal in this day and age. So, what seperates the group of people that can control their social media use and those who are completely indulged?

Let’s first take a look different personalities and how they may affect one’s social media use. Openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism are all factors to help measure one’s personality. In a research study done by  Isaac Vaghefi and Hamed Qahri-Saremi using these five factors, found that people who experience anxiety and stress more often than others (neuroticism) are highly more likely to become addicted to social media. People who are more dedicated and focused (conscientiousness,) are apparently far less likely to become so engufled in their social platforms. Howevever, you can not just lump everyone in these two categories to decipher if they could have a social media problem, it really is not that simple. Being more dedicated than most doesn’t necessarily  keep you safe from becoming hypnotized by your phone. The same research found that people who are generally focused and dedicated could still fall into social media addiction if they also experience stress and anxiety. The same goes for agreeablness and conscientiousness; when a person is empathetic and friendly, they are more likely to use social media in excess and mixed with high levels of dediation, this could vastly increase the likelihood of a person becoming addicted to social media.

If you’re one of the lucky few that do not fall victim to the false world of social media, than the chances of you experincing negative outcomes from the use of your phone are slim to none. Unfortunately for the rest of us neurotics, our mental health could very likey be at stake. Research has found that Facebook has been linked straight to cause sadness and overall low life satisfaction to its heavy users, and this could surely be said for phone applications such as instagram and twitter. Comparing your life to others is something that is done unintentionally when using social media so, when it is happening every day twenty, thirty times a day this can lead a person in to depression. The worst part is, the lives that we are envious of on social media are not true in reality. We only post what we want the world to see; an instagram model may post a selfie every day looking flawless, dressed in the most doiley fashions, but what she may not be posting about is her eating disorder Facebook has been linked straight to cause sadness and overall low life satisfaction to its heavy users, and this could surely bet or the fact that her pictures are highly filtered. This can affect one’s mental health because since they are not seeing the truth, they can not grasp why they can not reach these frankly, untangable standards.



Vaghefi, Isaac. “A Combination of Personality Traits Might Make You More Addicted to Social Networks.” EurekAlert!, AAAS, 12 Mar. 2018, eurekalert.com/.

“The Negative Impacts of Social Media Addiction.” Castle Craig Hospital, Castle Craig Hospital , 2018, castlecraig.co.uk/.

Schurgin O’Keefe, Gwenn, and Kathleen Clarke-Pearson. “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families.” AAP News & Journals Gateway, Council of Communications and Media, 11 Apr. 2011, pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/4/800.short.






Open Strong–Namaste Bean

  1. Avid social media users are in a trance, leading them to become depressed and anti- social. Social media has a major inlfuence on it’s users, from what they wear, how they eat and even where they should spend their money. It is with out a doubt the most convient way of communcation for young adults, as well as the most popular. You could compare one’s social platform as their extended self; society as a whole is becoming more and more engulfed in our phones, to the point where most would feel severe discomfort if away from their phone for more than an hour. Having this much control over a person has the overwhelming ability to manipulate not only how they consume, but their mental health as well. At what point will society be set free from this trance?


2.  Today, many peope are allowing things that are in reality not factual, manipulate their feelings. Society has always had this ability to make things that are not true, considered real. This can be said for religion, money and most recently, social media. Like with religion and money, the actual social contruct of social media is what makes it real. You may follow a fitness page that posts great workouts, great results, and happy people; and that may be real enough for you. What you have to consider is what that page may not be showing is the eating disorders behind the scenes and the unhealthy, unhappy models. Society can no longer let false realities have control over their mental health.

Definition– NamasteBean

 Social Media Addiction

       When someone hears the word “addiction,” they will most likely begin picturing a homeless person overdosing on the street, or a scenario fairly close to that. What they will most likely not picture is a young male or female experiencing a fatal accident due to texting and driving. In the dictionary, addiction is defined as “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.” More often than not, these addictions can lead to negative effects. Understanding an addiction truly broadens the opportunity to improve the well-being of so many people. So, what is social media addiction and how does it affect its compulsive users?

       We’ve all seen the person looking down at their phone on the highway or the entire group of people ignoring each other because they are on their phones; social media addiction occurs when a person checks/uses their social networking profiles in excess, usually at inappropriate times. In a recent survey, ironically ran on an application, FlashGap found of its 150,000 millennial users that 87% of them have missed out a conversation because they were distracted by their phones. More astounding than that, 54% have a fear of “missing out” if they have not checked their social accounts recently. Just how often do you have to be checking your phone to be considered among these addicts? Go-Globe has found that out of 2.3 billion people using social media, 18% cannot go a few hours without checking facebook. Why is this? Well, Harvard University has found in their studies that talking about yourself stimulates pleasure. So, are you a social media addict because you enjoy checking your account in times of leisure, or is there a certain amount of hours spent on social media to confirm you have a problem?  One can not be so sure, but anything that a person allows to cause interference in their life, such as in school, at work, or in conversation, is when things change from a harmless habit to a destructive addiction. What is for certain is that this addiction has been proven to be stronger than that for cigarettes; as found in a study by Chicago University. Things need to be further looked into, here.

       Research has been done to try and unlock the general personality of a person who is most likely to become subject to social media addiction; Isaac Vaghefi and Hamed Qahri-Saremi did such an investigation at DePaul University of Chicago with 300 young adult participants. What they discovered was based on the Personality Model, which consists of five factors used to measure one’s personality. The five factors being openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Out of the five, what stood out the most was neuroticism; the research concluded  that a person who is more anxious and prone to stress vastly increases the chances of them being hooked to social media. On the other hand, people who are more dedicated and attentive, have decreased chances of becoming addicted.

       Obvious, physical effects of social media range from carpal tunnel syndrome to eye strain, but it’s the impact it can have on one’s mental health that is worthy for further research. We already know that persons with anxiety are most likely to be a majority of social media addicts, but will this addiction worsen their anxious symptoms? Castle Craig Hospital in Scotland believes so, stating on their blog titled The Negative Impacts of Social Media

“Your mental health can be impacted where you have a low self-esteem as well as feelings of envy looking looking at everyone’s ‘idealized’ lives on social media.”

This seems logical enough; social media isn’t actually real and that girl you’re so jealous of because of her decor skills is probably three months late on her rent. People only post what they want the world to see, not the raw aspects of their everyday lives. Excessive social media use has also been proven to cause people (specifically young adults) to become less social. Another study by Flashgap found that out of 3,000 participants, 76% of females and 54% of males are guilty of checking their social media at least 10 times when out with friends in real life, social settings.

       Something important to understand about the social media addiction epidemic is that this is only the beginning. Our constant and ever changing needs are what is driving the progression of social media platforms forward. The issue is currently at a stage of relevance; it is becoming more commonly recognized, but actions to be taken to help others minimize the time spent on their phone is scarce. Advice for “turning off push notifications” was given by the Castle Craig Harbor Hospital, but this doesn’t seem effective, as many people already have their phone on silent mode. Could it be that social media will eventually lead its followers to an inevitable social-less, depressed life?



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NewMan, Tim. “Unlocking the Personality of a Social Media Addict.” Medical News Today, 17 Mar. 2018, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321240.php.

Vaghefi, Isaac. “A Combination of Personality Traits Might Make You More Addicted to Social Networks.” EurekAlert!, AAAS, 12 Mar. 2018, eurekalert.com/.

“The Negative Impacts of Social Media Addiction.” Castle Craig Hospital, Castle Craig Hospital , 2018, castlecraig.co.uk/.



Safer Saws– Namaste Bean



I spent two days earlier this month at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), listening to the pros and cons of setting a mandatory safety standard for table saws. Ten people every day – according the CPSC’s own data – have their fingers amputated in power saw accidents. 10 a day!

10 amputations a day: the need for a safer table saw

1B As stated in the title, the claim is being made that there must be a safer table saw due to ten people having their fingers amputed every year in power saw accidents.

1C  The first sentence is a defintive claim. The rest of the quotation is a quantative claim.

1D Using the information from the CPSC data finding that ten people every day are  being amputatad by these out dated table saws is a good way to have readers grasp the severity of the problem.

They’ve argued that injury numbers have been inflated and that the government’s estimate of $2.36 billion in annual costs to society from table saw accidents—including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering—is exaggerated.

Power Tool Industry Defends Table Saw Safety as Disabling Injury Increase

2B The power tool idustry is making the claim that the annual medicall costs, as well as the number of accidents is exaggerated.

2C This seems to be a categorical claim, as well as an evaluative claim, since the numbers are belived to be exaggerated.

2D This claim is not yet fully supported and is therefore not factual. There is no evidence of the costs and injuries being exaggerated, so I do not think this is a very good argument.


Table saws cause more than 40,000 injuries every year. Approximately 10% of those injuries, or 4,000, result in amputations every year. Fingers, hands, and arms are the most common parts of the body that are amputated. Only 20% of the injuries occur in people who are on the job, where injuries are usually covered by workplace accident insurance.

Table Saw Amputation Lawyer

3B  There are a couple of claims being made here. The first being that a majority of saw table accidents result in amputation, mostly fingers, hands, and arms. The next claim is. that most people who are injured are not on the job, therfore not recieving medical insurance.

3C All are evaluative. The first sentece is a quantative claim, while the second sentence is a causal claim; 4,000 injuries result in amputations. The third sentence is a cateogorical claim. The last sentence appears to also be a quantative claim.

3D There is no telling if these claims are true based just on this passage, but I would have to say the many different quantative claims used do help shed light on the issue.

‘Between the 8% fee and the additional hardware costs, your typical $400 jobsite saw would potentially rise in cost to around $625.

Bosch Tools SawStop Lawsuit

4B The claim is being made the sawstop will now be unafforable to consumers, with the added safety material.

4C Evaluative Numerical claim

4D I do no think this is a very persuasive claim. Safety is more important than cost, in my opinion.

By giving his blade a slight electric charge, his saw is able to detect contact with a human hand and stop spinning in a few milliseconds.

5B Making the claim that the saw is able to detect contact with a human hand and wil stop spinnining.

5C Evaluative causal claim.

5D There is no evidence in the accuracy of this claim.