What is Online Social Etiquette?

What is Online Social Etiquette?

Jul 12

As popular as social media is today, it is important to know how to best represent yourself online. Unlike face-to-face social interactions, there are no body language cues for others to use while interpreting your words, and there is no way for them to immediately respond. It’s a term we hear more and more frequently, but what really is socially acceptable online behavior? Here are some things to avoid:

Sarcasm

Humor is appropriate in online communication, but it can be very difficult to tell when someone is being genuine or sarcastic. Emojis can help clarify the way you intended to use your words, but they are not appropriate in a professional setting. Remember that public forums can be viewed by anyone, and the things you post to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram may influence your professional reputation.

Using Improper Grammar and Spelling

Sending text messages between friends is a lot different than posting information on a public platform. If you want people to cringe every time they think of your name, then go ahead aNd G3t cr8iV m8. However, if you value your online presence and want to adhere to some semblance of etiquette, do your best to use the proper grammar and spelling.

Airing Dirty Laundry

It is never acceptable to call someone out in public for your personal grievances against them, like money problems or relationship quarrels. Those issues are private matters, and they do not belong online where everyone can see. If you feel strongly about addressing the situation online, wait an hour before doing so. Hopefully your emotions will calm down and you will realize what a mistake it would have been to post your initial thoughts.

Plagiarizing and Reposting as Your Own

You may think you’re being sneaky, clever, or witty, but popular services, such as Google’s Reverse Image Search can easily prove that you are not the original creator of a certain meme. Simply posting lyrics to a song without quotation marks or using another person’s quote without acknowledging that the words aren’t yours is considered to be in poor taste. It’s okay to share things that you like, but don’t try to come off as someone you aren’t by stealing someone else’s work. That is a good way to draw a lot of negative attention to yourself from all corners of the internet.

Sharing Too Much Personal Insight

Sometimes we find ourselves feeling philosophical and deep in the stream of consciousness, but save that for your diary and not social media. Posting too much information about a fragile moment in your thoughts can have lasting consequences, even if it is something you truly believe in. How are people supposed to respond? These types of posts usually inspire more questions than answers, and they are best shared in a personal discussion. Instead of sharing these thoughts with everyone online, try to keep your posts lighthearted and fun by saving the deep stuff for an intimate coffee shop discussion with your closest friends.

My Green Card

My Green Card

Oct 04

I may have a problem with the validity of my green card. I received the green card through my marriage to a United States citizen, and now we are going to get divorced. I’ve been told that I can get a two- year conditional green card now. However, the USCIS will have to review my case to be sure that the marriage was entered ‘in good faith.’ Well, we were very happy but she just met somebody else, and she wanted a divorce. I didn’t contest the divorce because I don’t want to live with anyone that isn’t happy anymore in the marriage. Now the USCIS is going to scrutinize my marriage to her to find out if the marriage was entered with good intentions or if I just wanted a green card to live in the United States. Well, I was perfectly happy living where I was out of the country. I gave up my job and my friends to come to the US to be with my wife. It was a genuine marriage and we were happy, even though she spent a lot of my money. Now I am upset that I’m getting divorced and being scrutinized by the USCIS for getting my green card through my wife, a US citizen. The upside of this is that I have a great job in the US and I do want to stay and work in the United States.

So, I need to wait two years with this two-year conditional green card. Further, after two years of this probationary period of a green card, it will be determined if my marriage was a valid marriage at all. I don’t want to have to be scrutinized for trying to circumvent immigration laws or for potentially fraudulently obtaining a green card. However, it looks like there is no way around this.

Maybe I’ll get some legal help or consult with an attorney about this. This is so frustrating especially since I didn’t do anything illegal. I need to provide the USCIS a lot of evidence that the marriage was the real thing and that it was entered without the intention to mislead anyone. I basically need to provide ample evidence that the marriage was valid. Well, it was valid – it just fell apart and now she is in another relationship! Plus, my wife is a permanent resident, and she doesn’t have any burden of proof on her status as a US citizen. The burden of proof is all on me because I am the conditional resident!

I think I need to speak with an immigration attorney about this issue. I was legally married but now we are getting a divorce. I’ve got a great job now and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize my job here in the United States. How can I convince the USCIS that my marriage was valid and that I was not just trying to get a free pass into the United States?

Accidents and Conditions that can Result to Broken Bones and Scarring

Accidents and Conditions that can Result to Broken Bones and Scarring

Apr 20

Accidents and Conditions that can Result to Broken Bones and Scarring

Broken bone, or bone fracture, which is a break or a crack in a bone, is another common consequence of motor vehicle accidents besides laceration and whiplash. The ones most prone to sustaining this type of injury are motorcycle riders due to the absence or lack of protection that will cushion their body at the moment of collision.

Broken bone is sustained when a force that is much stronger than what a bone can hold up to is exerted against it. Though bone fractures usually occur on the hips, arms or legs, there are instances when damage can be to the skull or ribs, turning a fracture to a life-threatening injury. Thus, while bone fracture to the arm or leg may only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods to hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures, like fracture to the hips, usually require surgery and/or surgical traction; in the case of a broken hip joint, doctors also recommend hip replacement surgery.

Falls and sporting accidents, besides motor vehicle accidents, are additional causes of broken bones. Sometimes, even minor accidents, like trip and fall, can result to a bone fracture, though – this can be the case if the bones have weakened due to an illness, such as Osteoporosis and some types of cancer, which cause the bones to fracture more easily. Osteoporosis, is a medical condition in which the bones become weak, brittle and very fragile (usually due to hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D). In certain cases, coughing or sneezing hard, or even a minor bump can result to bone injury.

As explained by the firm Spiros Law, P.C, “Broken bones are a common result of traumatic injuries that can make it difficult to return to your former job. Scarring occurs to any part of the body that is damaged as part of the healing process, but it can create painful consequences of its own.

A serious broken bone or heavy scarring can have a wide range of serious effects on your life. Broken bones can lead to permanent loss of function or disability, reducing your mobility and making day-to-day tasks much more difficult. Broken bones can also be disfiguring, depending on the part of the body affected.

Our bodies create scar tissue to patch the damage caused by an injury, but heavy scarring can be disfiguring. Large amounts of scar tissue can be uncomfortable, and may create other complications such as limited mobility.

Whatever the nature of your injuries may be, you should not have to suffer because of another person’s negligent or malicious actions. By taking legal action against the people responsible, you can finally find closure.”

The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Feb 03

Traumatic Brain Injuries are some of the most serious injuries possible. Not only can the physical effects be life changing, but the mental consequences of a traumatic brain injury can be extreme and far reaching.

Effects of a TBI vary depending on the seriousness of the injury. According to the Benton Law Office, many brain injuries are minor and do not require hospitalization. Despite this fact, all suspected brain injury victims should be taken to the hospital.

All TBIs can be placed in two categories: mild and severe. A brain injury is classified as mild if loss of consciousness and confusion/disorientation occurs for shorter than thirty minutes. Because of the short term nature of the symptoms, these injuries tend to be taken lightly. Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are frequent in contact sports such as football, and the lack of understanding of these injuries is explored in the movie Concussion, starring Will Smith. A severe brain injury is associated with loss of consciousness for more than thirty minutes and memory loss longer than twenty four hours. Survivors of these injuries face a wide range of potential long term effects. Paralysis is common, as is abnormal speech and emotional difficulty.

The top three causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries are car accidents, firearms, and falls. Wounds to the head caused by firearms prove to be fatal for nine out of every ten victims, highlighting the exceedingly dangerous nature of TBIs. The number of victims is far greater than most Americans expect. There are around a million and a half people per year who suffer from TBIs in the U.S., and that is not including the thousands that go unreported. The highest risk groups for these incidents are young adults and the elderly.

Tips For Choosing The Best Hairstyle For Your Wedding

Tips For Choosing The Best Hairstyle For Your Wedding

Nov 30

Every woman wants to have the perfect wedding. From the gown, reception, ceremony, and even the hair, the bride wants to make sure that their wedding will truly be a day to remember. After choosing the dress, finding the right hairstyle will be the next job on your agenda. Houston bridal hair stylists at Therapy Hair Studio will tell you that bridal hair and makeup should be beautiful, memorable, and flawless. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect hairstyle for your wedding.

Try different looks

At first, try experimenting with different styles. You can go online and get some ideas that you will tell your hairdresser. Give yourself ample time to do this and not just in the last week or few days before your wedding.

Match with your gown

Your hair should match your gown and not compete with it. Your outfit should impact the way you would style your hair. Consider your neckline when choosing a hairstyle.

Consider the venue

Aside from your gown, your hair should also complement the venue. If you are having a destination wedding, the heat may come into play. The important thing is to make sure that your hairstyle will work with the venue.

Think about the hair accessories

If you are using accessories such as tiaras, you also need to think about how your hair will fit with your chosen accessory. You do not want to end up having your hair styled twice just because the first did not complement your accessory. Make sure that the style you chooses complements both having an accessory and not having one.

The hair is considered as one’s crowning glory. For your wedding, it definitely will be. You do not want to be talked about for the wrong reason but for making your wedding day one that is worth remembering.