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The large community of TikTok that discusses and recommends books is commonly called “BookTok.” The hashtag “#BookTok” has over 93 billion views across the app.

BookTok praises few books, proves dangerous for most authors

Alex Gaines ’25, Paper Arts Editor December 13, 2022

In English class earlier this year, my teacher asked that we all bring in as an independent reading book to read during our free time in class. The next day, when he asked us all to share which books we...

Youth struggles with Kanye West’s recent anti-semitism

Youth struggles with Kanye West’s recent anti-semitism

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer December 6, 2022

Kanye West has recently been banned from Twitter and Instagram following anti-black and antisemitic remarks he made over the past few months. Additionally, Adidas announced that they would end their partnership...

Gas has become another commonly seen social media app on teenagers phones. At Staples currently, the user population is growing daily.

Gas app gains popularity at Staples

Rylie Cordella ’25, Staff Writer November 21, 2022

Social media is known to cause feelings of inadequacy in one's life or self. You’ve heard it on the news – the negative impacts it has on the developing mind, the FOMO it gives to people leaving them...

BeReal has sparked controversy among social media users.

BeReal takes internet by storm with attempt at authenticity, casual social media

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Web Managing Editor November 7, 2022

BeReal, a relatively new social media app, has recently captured the attention of many social media fanatics. With a recent valuation of $600 million, the app sends all users a notification at a different...

Social media platforms, like TikTok and Pinterest, promote creative and unique costume ideas for Halloween.

Social media produces original Halloween costume ideas

Paige Tighe ’24, Paper Features Editor October 17, 2022

It is officially the season of pumpkin spice lattes, scary movies and uggs, meaning Halloween is just around the corner.  The pressure of finding the perfect costume is on, and Spirit Halloween props...

Mia Bomback ’25 became one of ten million BeReal users a month ago.

BeReal: Instagram’s effortless, relatable twin sibling

Mia Bomback ’25, Paper News Editor October 7, 2022

Four weeks ago, I uploaded my first BeReal. I had heard murmurs about the new social media platform all summer and finally decided to try the app myself. After all, the concept HAD piqued my interest:...

Alex Gaines ’25 deleted the newly popular app BeReal in light of her skepticism with its
authenticity.

BeReal not “real” enough for enjoyment

Alex Gaines ’25, Paper Arts Editor October 7, 2022

I’m currently five weeks BeReal sober. When you put it that way, it sounds like I’m aggressively against the app—I’m not—but after a summer of reflecting, I’m doubtful of my future BeReal status.  When...

Being a CIT at my longtime camp gave me the opportunity once again to escape everyday social stressors through a remote lifestyle.

Summer camps help escape everyday social circles

Caitlin Jacob '24, Paper Features Editor September 21, 2022

When I’m at home on the weekends, a large amount of my time is spent scrolling through social media. But I’m not on Instagram or TikTok looking at the latest trends or where people spent their summer...

Creators on Tik Tok commonly use the app to showcase their talents and skills, in order to make it big. They promote their small businesses and budding careers by using hashtags to get their videos onto peoples’ For You Pages.

TikTok serves as imperative scout for discovering new songwriters, small businesses

Izzy Sareen ʼ22, Staff Writer May 3, 2022

In today’s day and age, everything seems to start with an online presence. To make it big in entertainment, it is crucial to have a large following on various forms of social media, with the newest imperative...

Many graduating seniors are finding their freshman year roommates through social media messaging. As a result, it can be hard to get a sense of people’s personalities.

Roommate process stresses seniors

Abbie Goldstein '22, Staff Writer April 29, 2022

Now that many universities offer the chance to choose a roommate for your freshman year, getting accepted is only the first step in a series of networking attempts. By using social media platforms, mutual...

Social media influencers promote the overconsumption of makeup and skincare, leading to unnecessary spending.

Beauty industry, social media encourage toxic overconsumption

Tierney Kugel ’22, Staff Writer April 27, 2022

As I scroll through my TikTok “For You” page, I can’t help but notice the alarming nature of beauty trends. Influencers who are receiving paid sponsorship encourage their young and impressionable...

Once individuals decide where they are going to college, they can join a facebook group and post a bit about themselves in order to find people in common. In most cases there are actual photos of the person and their friends rather than logos or images of things they like.

Students should reconsider the roommate search; maybe random isn’t so bad after all

Tori Wilson ’22, Paper Sports Editor March 27, 2022

As seniors decide where they are going to college, the vast majority’s next step is joining numerous Facebook groups, changing their Instagram bios and having their friends post about their acceptance...

Attending the High Mountain Institute, a five week alpine backpacking and creative writing program free of social media, taught me the value of unplugging and self reflecting. It is incredibly healthy, and important, to disconnect from social media in order to learn about oneself and reduce stress.

Social media hiatus reaps substantial reward

Abbie Goldstein '22, Paper Arts Editor March 10, 2022

“Does seeing that make you happy?” My mom asked me once when she caught me endlessly scrolling through social media. Although I got annoyed and told her to leave me alone, it left me thinking. And...

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