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Social Media- Sucking Time or Saving Lives: Kristen Howerton at TEDxChapmanU

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Kristen Howerton is a marriage and family therapist and professor of psychology at Vanguard University. She is also the author of the popular blog Rage Against the Minivan, where she explores issues of identity, race, adoption, parenting, and sometimes embarrassing indignities of motherhood.

In addition to her own blog, Howerton is editor of ShePosts, an online magazine dedicated to women in social media, and is a regular contributor to Disney’s parenting site Babble, as well as to The Huffington Post and the OC Family magazine.

Howerton has made numerous television appearances to talk about parenting issues, including The View, The Ricki Lake Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Howerton ruefully admits that in early 2010, she lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway, liberally decorated with crushed breakfast cereal… and the remnants of her self-esteem.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


marzyland says:

The amount of hate in this comment section is disgusting

LemonScissors says:

I come to hear about internet addiction, not about your stupid irrelevant life stories, egocentrical idiot. Jeeez!

dasadopeboy says:

really did suck 18 mins out of my life….

Moses Fidal says:

What. A moron.

Johnny T says:

Hello Ladies and Gents,

I started a petition for a way to improve Facebook in this regard by creating a standalone Facebook events app combined with the Facebook Messenger and Group Apps. I requested that the stand alone events app include the Birthday notifications that way you would still be able message your friends Happy Birthday without needing to post it on their wall. By having these three separate Facebook apps combined, you won't need to maintain a Facebook profile or have the news feed and timeliness feature. This way we no longer have to feel the roller coaster ride of emotions from the constant influx of information we receive on our news feeds. We no longer have to feel like we are missing out yet still have the opportunity to feel truly connected. This way you won't have the need to compare your life to your peers and you still would feel a sense of connectedness to them.

If you still like the sharing of photos aspect with your peers and seeing what is going on in their lives then there is always Instagram to do so. That site however can also serve negatively if imitation is used incorrectly. Anyways let's tackle this problem together and move each other closer to freedom without caring and needing approval from those around us for the things we do and don't want to do.

Below you will find the link for the petition I created.



Sarah GTromb says:

If at all possible it is best to have families adopt within their own race for a number of reasons. Most importantly it is BEST for the child. They might be fine as children but growing up they are going to have a major identity crisis. Race is more than skin deep. It is the result of thousands of years of evolution in isolated regions of the world. Physical traits as well as behavioral and instinctual traits between races are very different for this reason. Trying to make another race fit into yours is somewhat cruel. Children learn from a young age how to use their body by mimicking the people who are genetically like them. Because whites and blacks have completely different bone structures and body types these children will suffer as a consequence. Also, I have one adopted parent myself and don't know my biological father. One of my sisters was completely adopted into another family and had a 'better' life than us because of it. But her heart breaks because she longs to have grown up with her birth family. My adopted father loved me but I would do anything to have my real dad. It is like half of me is missing. Our feelings are not unique. If we really care about children in this world we would do EVERYTHING we possibly could for biological families to stay together. 99.9999% of mothers do not want to give up their children but feel they have to for many reasons, mostly financial. Children also want to be with their BIRTH parents. I feel like white people adopting children of other races is becoming trendy and for the wrong reasons. To appear morally righteous, to show 'what a good person you are' or total ignorance. I understand if these children had no other option but to be orphaned and no one who resembled them more closely genetically wanted them, then it is wonderful for someone to step in and raise them. But we need to be more realistic about how we approach adoption, and do what is best for the children and families and the real moral thing to do is HELP BIOLOGICAL FAMILIES STAY TOGETHER. Even better when you don't tell the whole world what a 'good' person you are.

Stacy Byron says:

People making comments about her family. How does the way she lives her life affect you? Nothing said on social media will stop her family from living their lives.

Biomechanoid says:

This is whats wrong with white people of today.

Schmuphraim Wasserberg says:

"I am from southern California"
Yeah no shit, I can tell

Luke W says:

This women is a inter-racial fetishist who adopted two black boys to push onto her two white girls. I am not shitting you. This woman is sick in the head.

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