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Eight Cheap Ways to Become Famous without Killing Anyone

Eight Cheap Ways to Become Famous without Killing Anyone

There are ways to become famous that don’t require spending a bunch of money – or killing anyone. It is easy enough to become famous but it is a bit harder to become famous for positive reasons. Avoid the negative ways of doing this such as jumping off a building. The challenge is to engage the media with a solid something. We came up with eight positive ways to pull this off. You might come up with some more to add to this list. Let us know if you do.

Is there a way you can become number one in the world at anything? Opening up the Guinness Book of World Records and looking for a category might work for some people. But this won’t work for everyone. Being first at something will often work. Being the best at something works just as well. Becoming the worst in the world at anything works great too.
The whole point is to find some way to stand out and be different. There also needs to be media around – the more people it accesses, the better. Getting on a reality television show is currently a quick way to do it for some people. Here are the eight ways we came up with:

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  1. Being the best at something. Obtain a copy of the Guinness book and pick something that is free. Then work at it. But keep in mind that this category is a tough one because it involves actually becoming really good at something.
  2. Being the first to do something. Trying something new in a conservative setting counts and has become popular lately. In other words, it only needs to be perceived as first. Roger Bannister was the first person to break the 4 minute mile in 1954 and many people still recognize his name. Most competitive runners these days can surpass that.
  3. Being the worst at something. William Hung has made it by consistently performing really bad Ricky Martin impersonations. Being a bad driver is one thing but the British have taken it to the extreme by creating a television program on this concept that has become globally franchised.
  4. Being radically different. Mahatma Gandhi was the most unlawyer-like lawyer around in his day. This can involve either breaking or living a stereotype.
  5. Doing something generous that most people wouldn’t. This is a popular one for volunteers going out to raise awareness for a cause. People who go on long walks or runs across their countries figured this one out in spades.
  6. Being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing. Saving a life fits the bill well. In January, Wesley Autrey saved a man who fell onto the New York subway tracks. He was a 50 year old construction worker who was taking his two young daughters home before work and saw the man fall while the train was coming. He made a split second decision, then leapt in and was able to hold the man flat between the rails while the train rolled over them. They were both bruised but okay afterward. Wesley was all over the news and was a guest on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.
  7. Blowing the whistle or uncovering a scandal. Erin Brokovich was a unknown paralegal who uncovered a major scandal in which a big utility company in Barstow, California was leaching toxins into the environment that killed many people. She was instrumental in winning a huge lawsuit that also resulted in a feature movie being made about the story.
  8. Getting a lucky strike. Winning a big lottery is an obvious one that people can relate to judging from sales of lottery tickets. But this one doesn’t count if you need to buy the lottery ticket! Picking the right parents is another good one for some people.

You need to ask yourself, why do you want to become famous? Before you go out and kill yourself putting in a lot of effort, maybe consider if fame is something you really want to achieve. If you look at some of these above examples, it seems these people, except for maybe William Hung, were not trying to achieve fame. That is part of the magic.

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Peter Paul Roosen and Tatsuya Nakagawa are co-founders of Atomica Creative Group , a specialized strategic product marketing firm. Through leading edge insight and research, sound strategic planning and effective project management, Atomica helps companies achieve greater success in bringing new products to market and in improving their existing businesses. They have co-authored Overcoming Inventoritis now available.

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Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number of studies linking social media and depression[2] . But why exactly do platforms like Facebook and Instagram make people so unhappy? Well, we don’t know yet for sure, but there are some explanations.

Social Media Could Lead to Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how you think, feel, and behave. Social media may lead to depression in predisposed individuals or make existing symptoms of depression[3] worse explains[4] the study above’s senior author Dr. Brian Primack. So, the problem may not be in social media per se, but how we use it.

Signs You’re Suffering From “Social Media Depression”

If you feel like social media is having a negative impact on your mood, then you may be suffering from “social media depression.” Look for symptoms like:

• low self-esteem,

• negative self-talk,

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• a low mood,

• irritability,

• a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed,

• and social withdrawal.

If you’ve had these symptoms for more than two weeks and if this is how you feel most of the time, then you are likely depressed. Although “social media depression “is not a term recognized in the medical setting, social media depression seems to be a real phenomenon affecting around 50% of social media users. As explained in a review study[5] published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, if a person has a certain predisposition to depression and other mental disorders, social media use may only worsen their mental health.

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Social Media Could Crush Self-Esteem

We know that social media and depression are in some way linked, but why is this so? Well, according to Igor Pantic, MD, Ph.D.[6], social media use skews your perception about other people’s lives and traits. To explain this further, most people like to portray an idealized image of their lives, personal traits, and appearance on sites like Facebook and Instagram. If you confuse this idealized image with reality, you may be under the false impression that everyone is better than you which can crush your self-esteem and lead to depression. This is especially true for teens and young adults who are more likely to compare themselves to others. If you already suffer from low self-esteem, the illusion that everyone has it better off than you will just make you feel worse.

Causing Social Isolation and Other Negative Emotions

Another commonly cited reason for the negative impact of social media on mental health is its link with social isolation. Depressed people are more likely to isolate themselves socially and chose only to interact indirectly through social media platforms. But communication online tends to be superficial and is lacking when compared to real-life interaction explains Panic. What this means is not that social media leads to isolation but the other way around, possibly explaining why we find so many depressed persons on these sites.

Lastly, social media use may generate negative emotions in you like envy, jealousy, dislike, loneliness, and many others and this may worsen your depressive symptoms.

Why We Need to Take This Seriously

Both depression and social media use are on the rise according to epidemiological studies. Since each one has an impact on the other, we have to start thinking of healthier ways to use social media. Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

Advice on Social Media Use

Although these findings did not provide any cause-effect explanation regarding Facebook and depression[7], they still do prove that social media use may not be a good way to handle depression. For this reason, the leading authors of these studies gave some suggestions as to how clinicians and people can make use of such findings.

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One suggestion is that clinicians should ask patients about their social media habits. Then they can advise them on how to change their outlook on social media use or even suggest limiting their time spent on social media.

Some social media users may also exhibit addictive behavior; they may spend too much time due to compulsive urges. Any compulsive behavior is bound to lead to feelings of guilt which can worsen depressive symptoms.

Having Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media

If you feel like your relationship with social media is unhealthy, then consider the advice on healthy social media use provided by psychology experts from Links Psychology[8]:

Avoid negative social comparison – always keep in mind that how people portray themselves and their lives on social media is not a realistic picture, but rather an idealized one. Also, avoid comparing yourself to others because this behavior can lead to negative self-talk.

Remember that social media is not a replacement for real life – Social media is great for staying in touch and having fun, but it should never replace real-world interactions.

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Avoid releasing personal information – For your safety and privacy, make sure to be careful with what you post online.

Report users who bully and harass you – It’s easy to be a bully in the anonymous and distant world of social media. Don’t take such offense personally and report those who abuse social media to harass others.

The bits of advice listed above can help you establish a healthy relationship with social media. Always keep these things in mind to avoid losing an objective perspective of what social media is and how it is different from real life. If you are currently suffering from depression, talk to your doctor about what is bothering you so that you can get the treatment you need to get better. Tell your doctor about your social media use and see if they could give you some advice on this topic.

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