Does Wealth Make Someone More Attractive?

The obvious answer is: yes, of course. Wealth can be seen to take away many restrictions in life, as it means that anything in the world that has a price tag on can be owned by you. The entire family can then live a better lifestyle, which theoretically means that they will be happier and enjoy an easier life (and don’t people marry to be happy for the rest of their lives?). Having the cushion of a mass of wealth beneath you also takes away many worries, such as of bills or unexpected payments that may arise. All in all, it theoretically means a much better life, hence why the lottery exists and why most people in the world dream of having more money.

There is the saying that money can’t buy love. I sometimes question this statement when I look at celebrities getting married, footballers especially. Another question that arises is: if the factor of money was not involved, would the couple still be together? Therefore what I am trying to figure out is whether the marriage is due to true love, or whether it is just for the benefit of being able to live a better lifestyle. Some marriages that are for attention or money are obvious and usually end up in a divorce, but can money really hold a relationship together for the rest of a person’s life? Can they live the rest of their life with a person they might not particularly like and pretend to like them for a lifetime? I don’t think any sum of money is worth spending the rest of my life as a lie, and even if I tried to, I think eventually I would crack and the truth would become exposed. However, for a celebrity I realise that sometimes a divorce isn’t as easy as it may seem. If a celebrity divorces, the media will immediately be all over both their lives and they may become scrutinised by the community for the rest of their lives. This means that if a couple were to marry due to wealth, it could just end up being a one way ticket to trouble.

Of course, I think it is possible to marry someone who is wealthy and to truly love them, but I don’t think it is possible to marry someone based on their wealth and to truly love them. This is because I think true love can’t involve anything that can be seen and, as cliché as this is, it really is the inside that counts. But maybe wealth can sometimes convince a person to think that they truly are in love, and it can blind them from any negative characteristics, in the same way love can blind someone. After all, sometimes it only takes a couple of million pounds to keep a marriage intact.

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R&B might be Dead but Music Lives On

In the past couple of years, the phrase ‘R&B is dead’ has been used more and more. At first I did not accept this, as I thought some artist would probably come out with a proper R&B track sooner or later. Many years have passed since I thought that and, in my opinion, there hasn’t been a proper R&B track. This has caused me to reluctantly accept the fact that R&B might actually be dead.

I used to take R&B music for granted, as it was always played on the radio; it was the genre of music I had grown up listening to. In fact, it was played so much that I actually sometimes found it annoying; which I tend to still find nowadays with some pop songs. But I had the thought that music will probably always sound like this, because it was pop and the majority of people like it.

I was wrong and nowadays, pop music is leaning towards EDM and it seems like the days of R&B are over. This isn’t a particularly terrible thing in my opinion, as EDM is actually my favourite genre of music, but now R&B has been taken away from me, I want it back. I look at the music from some of the major R&B artists and my favourite songs from them tend to be from the ‘noughties’. For example, my favourite album from Rihanna is Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) and from Ne-Yo is Year of the Gentleman (2008); just to name a few. Some R&B artists have even seem to have disappeared such as R Kelly and TLC, even though they are still active and producing music, but their popularity has dramatically decreased when compared to about a decade ago. And although artists such as Rihanna, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown are still proving to be popular, their music no longer has the ‘slow and chilled vibes’ from the previous decade.

The same can be said for dance music or EDM as older dance music seem to have earned itself its own genre, sometimes referred to as ‘club classics’. I also like this genre very much, but I like its modern day equivalent just as much. They are noticeably different, but I like how dance music has evolved over the past two decades (I do not like dance music before the 90s as much).

Of course, music is constantly changing and even genres will evolve or be replaced. I am sometimes told by older people that when they were younger, music was much better than it is nowadays. I used to just think that they were accustomed to listening to music in their time and did not accept the evolution of it, however I think I now understand how they feel; even though I do not like admitting it as it makes me think I am getting old. Although I am slightly sad that R&B might be dead, I know the future will provide me with more music that I will love, and there are emerging artists who seem very exciting in terms of the new types of music they are producing, such as Clean Bandit. On a positive note, now R&B music is played so rarely, I have learnt to appreciate it and hearing it on the radio actually brightens up my day.

Alone.

I know some people who love to travel. Most people like to travel with friends or family, because then the fun and/or special moments can be shared between the travelling group. However, I also know a few people who like to travel alone. I just could not understand how anyone would enjoy travelling so far away from home, alone. This is because, without company, there is no one to share my enjoyment with and I think that life’s best moments are meant to be shared.

I feel that having friends and companionship is vital and that no one can go through life without it. This is partly due to the fact that I think that, as humans, we are born to love and also receive love. This means that this emotion should be at the core of our lives and affect the decisions we make. I don’t believe that anyone can live their life without loving anyone or anything. This is because I have noticed that for some people who live their lives cut off from the rest of society, such as some the elderly and homeless, having someone who is willing to talk to them makes them very happy.

This doesn’t mean that everyone will enjoy having company all the time, as there are times when I just want to be alone, even though I thoroughly enjoy the company of friends. This is because, in my opinion, being alone takes away the distractions that other people may bring, and can allow me to just reflect on things more effectively. This doesn’t mean that being alone is always good. Sometimes having someone to talk to about things that I don’t understand or just need to let go of can be very relieving. This point can be illustrated by revision, which some people think is most effective alone, but for some it is more effective in a group. However, ultimately if we still have something we do not understand then we will have to talk to someone.

I have had a three month holiday this summer, which has allowed me to spend a lot of time thinking alone. I must say that sometimes the quietness of being alone can be quite refreshing, as it can be a lot easier to clear some burning questions on my mind. As I haven’t been seeing many people over the holiday, I guess I am now letting my thoughts flow out of my head onto this blog; hence the name of it. But without having the worry of homework or exams for the first time in a while, I have been able to learn a bit more about myself, by venturing deep into the thoughts that affect me the most that I have not had the time or energy to dwell on before.

This has made me understand why some people may like travelling alone. They are able to escape their everyday lives temporarily, and just be able to reflect on the things that have been buried under their routine. I feel that striking a balance between solitude and companionship can be the key of being able to make the most out of our lives.

Phones get Bigger while Watches get Better

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The release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (above) has shown that Apple has joined the trend of increasing screen size on mobile phones. But why is there now this trend of increasing the screen size? I remember that not too long ago, mobile phone manufacturers were trying desperately to create smaller and smaller phones.

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The trend can be traced back to the very first iPhone (above left) which I think started the touchscreen era of smartphones. Previously, Blackberry (above right) had ruled the ‘smartphone market’ with their complicated business phones with a physical keyboard, which sacrificed screen size in order to keep the phone as small as possible. The iPhone screen was considered to be extremely large when it was released; but is now seen as being tiny when put next to its modern equivalents. The reason the first iPhone had a large screen was mainly due to the fact that most functions were controlled by touch, such as the virtual keyboard, which needed a large area. Apart from that, the touchscreen just provided a better user experience and made performing some functions much easier than before. But time has shown that this seemingly large screen is no longer sufficient for modern day use.

The development of the microprocessor has had an effect on screen size. As they become more advanced, mobile phones are able to do more and nowadays they are a computer in your palm. All the leading manufacturers now produce a phone that can do almost everything a computer can do. This has resulted in mobile phone software all becoming very similar, which has given them similar requirements. One of these requirements is a larger screen, which improves browsing the web, watching films, looking at photos, etc.; all of which are now things that everyone does on their phones.

The high quality of the cameras on mobile phones nowadays has encouraged people to take more photos and videos in almost every moment of their lives. Applications such as Instagram and Snapchat have been very popular, as people love to then share their photos. This increased capturing and viewing of photos has, what I think, had a big effect on the increase in screen size.

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For most people, watches have stopped just being an item to show the time for a while now. Their style has become just as important as their main purpose. They are a big fashion statement on their user, as it can be one of the few wearables that are not changed for a long time. This is why some watches are considered as jewellery, being made from gold, diamonds, and other precious metals and stones. So when Samsung introduced some of the first ‘smart watches’ (above right), I felt that there was something missing, even though it was a very innovative piece of technology. They had very limited personalisation, even less than mobile phones which can have interchangeable cases, as they did not have a large selection of colours, materials or straps. They may also appear difficult to use with many features in a small touchscreen.

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The Apple Watch (above) is a big leap in smart watch design and innovation. Apple are renowned for their unique and elegant designs, which makes them perfect as a watch manufacturer. Top end watches have always been intricately made with attention to detail and using the best materials, and Apple’s iPhones have been likened to this description, but now they have actually made a watch and their attention to design is shown through it. Introducing a range of watch and strap styles makes choosing one of their watches just like choosing a normal watch, but this choice is what many people want. I think that having an 18-carat gold version keeps the modern day watch in touch with some traditional watches as being a piece of jewellery and a fashion statement.  The fact that they have used the crown of the watch as the main control dial has not only made the functionality easier, but has also maintained the watch’s traditional main control centre. It’s this simple yet brilliant idea coupled with its elegant design that makes the Apple Watch stand out at the moment, in my opinion.

Technology develops at such a rapid pace that very soon, screens on mobile phones may stop becoming larger and larger; if they will even have a screen at all. As for smart watches, even though I may think the Apple Watch is a big leap, they will only be eclipsed by what is to come. Unfortunately, I’m sure that in a few years’ time I will look back at this post and think just how obsolete these products have become.

Blogging?!

I remember when I was younger my mum kept trying to get me to write a diary to improve my English. I never did because I couldn’t think of anything meaningful to write. I kept telling her that all I would write is ‘I woke up, I went to school, I got home, I did my homework, I had dinner, I went to sleep’ and it would be that same cycle every day; excluding the weekends when I would mainly just sit at home not doing anything special. The point was that I didn’t think my life was interesting or special enough to write a diary.

Now I am older there is definitely a lot more to think about and life isn’t necessarily as mundane as it used to be, however that doesn’t mean I prefer being older. In fact I do miss being in primary school when nothing really mattered and life was so carefree, but I also remember that I was always looking forward to being older when I was in primary school. When I was younger I had the impression that being older meant that I could do anything I wanted, which would make life more fun and interesting (yet I have still not fulfilled one of my childhood dreams of being able to drive).

I don’t think I would ever have imagined myself writing a blog, because, just like having a diary, I had no idea what I could possibly blog about. It could be due to the fact that there are bigger decisions coming into my life, or that I am only just starting to understand the world around me a bit more, but I now seem to have so much on my mind. I am no longer cocooned in the everyday cycle of primary school, but am open to experience more of life in positive and negative ways. But this newfound freedom still doesn’t seem to be enough to prevent me from looking back and wishing I was still in my primary days. For me, it seems like this extra freedom carries the burden of responsibility and I preferred it when I didn’t have this responsibility. Maybe I’m just difficult to satisfy, or maybe freedom isn’t as simple as just being able to do whatever I want.

Anyway this blog, which was meant to be about me blogging for the first time, has somehow become a look back at my life, so I will stop here before it veers off in another wayward direction. I hope my subsequent posts won’t go totally off track from what they are meant to be about, but knowing myself I have no idea what I’m going to do next.