Maybe you're looking for the hottest new phone app or scratching your head over the popularity of "YOLO-ing." These and the craze of superheroes are highlighted in today's installment of Trending With TX.
I'm sure most of you have heard the phrase YOLO, but for those who haven't, it stands for the phrase "You Only Live Once." YOLO is very popular nowadays among teens, especially when it's being used as an excuse for risky decisions.
According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition for this expression is " 'Carpe Diem' for stupid people." I totally agree! If you wanted to use YOLO properly, it would be something like, "I have decided to study abroad in Africa because I feel my life is too sheltered here at home. YOLO." Or, maybe, "I always buckle my seat belt -- YOLO."
However, the other day I was reading a story on the Internet published sometime in September about five kids who got in a car crash moments after tweeting "YOLO." All of them were suspected of drunk driving. Kind of ironic, really.
Personally, I do not like this phrase. I think it's overused and it definitely makes my "Top 10 Lamest Excuses" list. But, as much as I don't like it, I will admit that it slips out once in a while. Say a couple of my friends pulled an all-nighter. It's an experience I think every teen should have at least once, and, after all, YOLO. See? It's like I can't control when I think it.
But I have also heard many alternatives to this phrase that I like much better, such as "You Obviously Love Oreos" (because I do.) And I'd have to say my all-time favorite is the Yoda version, "Only Once You Live," or "OOYL."
But remember guys, think about the fact that YOLO before making a "risky decision."
Olivia Andrus, Ogden High
Look, up in the air
"Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Superman!"
Throughout time, superheroes and the comic books they are featured in have been an inspiration to young and old. Superheroes' powers and accomplishments give hope to people that there is still good in the world.
The official Golden Age of superheroes took place in the 1930s starting with Captain America, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel. But the trend soon ended in the early 1950s.
Now, more than 60 years later, superheroes are reinstating their call for justice and peace. And what started this wonderful rebirth? The production of superhero movies, beginning with the first of the "Spider-Man Trilogy" in 2002. Although the X-Men made an appearance on the silver screen earlier, dear Spider-Man was the one who really revitalized the life of superheroes.
Next up was "Batman Begins" in 2005. These films, along with "Superman Returns," "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Thor" were a precursor to the modern love of superheroes.
It is agreed by many, though, that the ultimate beginning of the superhero renaissance was the classic and original "Captain America: The First Avenger," released in 2011. Finally, this year, superhero mania is at its peak with "The Avengers."
Teens are enjoying the fantasy of these superheroes more and more these days, whether it be for their "boss" powers or their unselfish acts to purge the world of evil. And as long as people feel the need for heroes, they are here to stay. I haven't always been a superhero nerd, but I always loved the ideas of superheroes and what they stood for. They fight for the people they love and for the greater good, and I admire that.
Krystal Ruiz, Weber High
New Snapchat app
"Snapchat me." It's the new phrase resonating throughout the halls of high schools everywhere.
What kids are referring to is the relatively new app for Android and iPhone, called Snapchat. The app is a social media sensation because teens love to text and Snapchat is basically a new form of texting, except it is a way of communicating mainly through images instead of text. Only one line of text is allowed per "snap."
Snapchat's one-on-one communication sets it apart from Instagram and Facebook, where many people can view and comment on posted photos. Also, on Snapchat, the image disappears after a maximum of 10 seconds, the period predetermined by the sender. These are both nice features for people who want to share a photo, but don't want it on the Internet for all to see for a long period of time.
Another cool feature of Snapchat is that you can "paint" on a picture before sending it, allowing users to easily draw mustaches, hats, wacky hair and other funky things on their photos with just a swipe of the finger.
Snapchat is mainly used by teenagers for its pure entertainment value. Rather than using it for formal or serious communication, it's mostly popular for enabling teens to send funny photos to their friends and just mess around and goof off in general. I like Snapchat because it allows me to casually keep in touch with my pals. I would have never guessed friends could bond so much through simply sending crazy, ugly and just plain silly pictures to each other but alas, they do! Best of all, the app is free.
Sierra Lawrence, Ogden High