Digital media and technology are changing and growing everyday. Whether you like it or not, both are usually a huge part of our daily lives. The best thing to do is embrace it, and find ways to use it to your benefit. And I’m talking about business or pleasure.
Today’s infographic features the top 10 trends in digital branding and marketing for 2015. While some of these might seem like they only apply to the digital media professional, believe me when I say each one can impact your average Joe. For instance, the graphic states that unfiltered content goes viral faster than news sources can deliver. Citizen journalism will only continue to increase and become standard as social media evolves.
Also, I know a lot of people who say privacy doesn’t exist on the Internet, and I have bad news for those of you that argue on the contrary. Privacy is pretty much a thing of the past. This is especially of all the data breaches in the last year, which I suspect will only get worse. And I guarantee we’ll be seeing more stories about brands getting criticized for something they posted online. (Everybody loves a good Photoshop fail story.)
I won’t ruin the rest for you, though. Read on to discover more of the 2015 digital media trends.
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Condoms. Whether you like them or not, they can make or break your situation (literally). These penis-gloves enable the ordinary human with extraordinary capabilities. A thin layer of latex can stop dozens of diseases in their tracks. Not only will they block sickness, one of the most important – if not the preceding reason for their existence – is to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
The history of condoms stretches hundreds, even thousands of years. It isn’t anything new – only the technology has changed. If you think your ‘his & her’ condoms have elevated your sex life, think again; these ‘modern’ condoms are nothing more but a marketing ploy. Ultra ribbed, exotic flavors, super thin – these adjectives add nothing to your sex life but dollar signs.
Condoms are ingenious, but only for their intended purpose. Let’s not underestimate that. As each generation takes the next step towards adulthood, condoms will be there like a helicopter mom to keep things ‘kosher.’
With male birth control on the verge of social acceptance and availability, condoms may take a back seat to their initial intended purpose. Protection against disease and infections will continue to make condoms a vital part of sexual encounters. Their history is richly intertwined with humanity. Take a peek at today’s infographic to gain more foresight into our latex-y friends. [via]
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Feeling like taking the plunge to veganism? Are you already a vegetarian and want to go even further? I have plenty of friends who are vegan, but I know I wouldn’t be able to stomach it. Vegetarianism is different. I know I could live off of those rules. Keeping dairy in my life is something I absolutely must do. Cheese is a god. Cheese fuels the soul, gives boring dishes new life, pairs well with wine, and is just downright delicious. I have already made the switch to almond milk, but yogurt is still big in my life.
Luckily for me, I live in a very vegetarian/vegan friendly city: Austin, Texas. We have this place here with the bombest-ass vegan chorizo – Bouldin Creek Cafe. I don’t know what they use to make it, but it’s fantastic. Of course. I add cheese on top. It is a taco, what do you expect me to do?
If I had to choose one vegetable that would actually give me a fighting chance to conquer veganism it’d be the avocado. Smooth, great coloring, incredibly versatile, and tasty as hell. I put one on everything I can. If you haven’t gotten into an avocado craze, please do. [Via]
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Time is a precious commodity that everybody uses in their daily life. Time at work should be used for business purposes, but that does not happen all the time. Not all people waste time; some are diligently working while others are using their time chatting with fellow employees, calling friends and family on the phone, or reading text messages. The following infographic shows that older workers do not waste as much time as younger workers.
One of the interesting figures is that out of a 40 hour work week, 18 hours is spent surfing the web. That means that only 22 hours are spent on working. Additionally, 77 percent of workers are on Facebook during working hours. (I guess that is why my newsfeed is constantly updating.) Social media sites are not the only ones being visited; fantasy football leagues are also a major distraction. Time and information is needed to decide on who to play.
Older workers waste less time for a variety of reasons. Some are dedicated workers, some are not social media savvy, and some don’t have access to a computer. Whatever the reason, older workers are more conscious about the time they spend at work. Remember, everyone is equal under the law, but older workers are most cost effective.
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I can almost feel you rolling your eyes at me. And trust me, I completely understand. The thing I hate about the “Legalize it” movement sweeping the nation is that it attracts some of the most annoying people: pot-heads. Now, before we go any further, I would like to clarify that not every person that smokes marijuana is a pot-head. A pot-head only listens to music associated with smoking weed. He can tell you that the sativa in your pipe is no match for his new indica strain “straight from a Colorado dispensary where they treat the herb with some weird spice flown in from India, dude.” He’s an idiot. And unfortunately, we share the same opinion on legalization.
However, I assure you, my dear internet friends, that I am quite far from being a pot-head. The reason I think marijuana should be legalized for both medicinal, recreational and industrial use is because it is far less dangerous than most other drugs available to the public. It will cut back on crime, it will create jobs, and IT WILL LITERALLY HELP PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS. It can be used to make paper, clothes and a million other things. Honestly, there is not a single good reason why it is so frowned upon.
I mean, let’s face it, it comes down to a moral disagreement. For years, people have been force-fed the idea that marijuana is absolutely awful for them, and they will burn in hell for using it. Now, I’m exaggerating of course, but many people view marijuana the same way they view meth. It’s a drug. Well, shoot. If that’s the case, caffeine is a drug. And we let our kids get addicted to that! But seriously, if you step back and really look at the situation, you will find that there is no good reason why cannabis or marijuana should be illegal. Not a single one. [via]