÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran is Back!

After a three-year break from music, and after his hotly anticipated second studio album became the most streamed album on Spotify and other music services, Ed Sheeran is back with his third studio album, ÷. Shape of You really sets the tone of his latest album, because it has a unique vibe that really sets the mood you want to experience when listening to this album.

As it is the first ever vinyl record I have owned, I feel so honoured to go retro for the first time, because the original vinyl discs initially ceased production many, many years ago, but it’s only been in the last few years that vinyl has made a comeback and I am pleased to say that ÷ is my first ever vinyl record I have purchased.

How many tracks are on ÷?

There are 16 tracks on the Deluxe version of ÷ and here is the official tracklist:

  1. Eraser
  2. Castle on the Hill
  3. Dive
  4. Shape of You
  5. Perfect
  6. Galway Girl
  7. Happier
  8. New Man
  9. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
  10. What Do I Know?
  11. How Would You Feel (Paean)
  12. Supermarket Flowers
  13. Barcelona
  14. Bibia Be Ye Ye
  15. Nancy Mulligan
  16. Save Myself

What comes with the Deluxe Boxset?

In the Deluxe Boxset for ÷, these are the items that come with the album:

  • 12” x 12” premium hardcover book with photos, lyrics and artwork
  • 2 x heavyweight blue vinyl, exclusive to this edition of the album
  • Deluxe CD album
  • Silver plated Divide charm and necklace, packaged separately
  • Deluxe digital album sent to you at release
÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran / Official Album Artwork © Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran
÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran / Official Album Artwork
© Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran

My Review of ÷ (Deluxe)

This album brings out Ed Sheeran’s unique and interesting side to his music, You can’t quite help but think just how much ÷ gives you life. When he released Shape of You, straightaway, it brought along with it its own vibe where you would remember it, not just for Ed himself singing, but because of the fact it has that eccentric and realistic appeal that you want. With Ed Sheeran’s previous album, X (Multiply), that album brought about love and respect and courage, which is why we love Ed Sheeran, I too love Ed Sheeran, not just because he has tugged at our heart-strings, but because he’s made us realise that there is life and love even in the darkest places, and for me, ÷ carries that message too, but also goes on to add that with love, respect, courage, compassion and support, the world can be a better place.

This album gives me life!

Ed Sheeran is a living legend in my eyes because his music is timeless and will never date, but you begin to appreciate life a whole lot more after you’ve listened to ÷ because you can relate and share the same feelings that he has as a musician. Not only that, but his music is eccentric and brings positivity to the table, which is what this world needs and I take my hat off to Ed Sheeran. ÷ is a masterpiece, in fact, +, X & ÷ are all masterpieces and Ed Sheeran is a legend!

If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you purchase ÷, you will not be disappointed. ÷ is such a perfectly crafted album and Ed Sheeran has produced another exquisite masterpiece that is worth purchasing.

If you enjoyed my review of Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Deluxe) album, please feel free to comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Alex Smithson

© Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran, 2017

© The Divide Album Artwork & Complete Tracklist are all copyright of Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

÷ Album Rating: 10/10

HAPPY NEWS!

After months of rumours and speculation, Cheryl has officially announced she is pregnant! This news has come at the perfect time and it was only a few weeks ago that Beyoncé announced her pregnancy with twins to the world. February is most certainly shaping up to be a fun-filled and heartwarming month.

I am over the moon and absolutely overjoyed at the news of Cheryl’s pregnancy because it has been a long time coming and I am absolutely happy for both Cheryl & Liam Payne! Both of them will most certainly make fantastic parents and to see Cheryl at her happiest makes me and everyone smile. Happiness, love, respect, compassion and care is what matters and I send all of my happiness, love, respect, compassion and care to both Cheryl & Liam Payne.

Congratulations Cheryl & Liam! Both of you will most certainly be wonderful parents and I wish you every ounce of happiness all the way because you are both worth it 🙂

Alex Smithson

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A Note Regarding the EU Referendum. Please Read.

Since I voted to Leave the EU on the 23rd June, which I don’t regret in doing so, I have noticed the large amount of Facebook statuses on my News Feed, not to mention the large amount of tweets that have appeared on Twitter that are xenophobic, racist and even disgraceful, especially certain statuses that have come up on my News Feed from those who feel I should have to delete them off of my Facebook because I chose to Leave.

Saying that the older generation shouldn’t have a right to vote to Leave or Remain is not your choice because at the end of the day, to those of you who are the same age as me, 18, or possibly older, you may get a say on why you choose to Leave or Remain in the EU, but it doesn’t make you as knowledgeable as them because you, including myself, have not been around long enough to say that you choose to agree or disagree with why someone chose to Leave or Remain.

Realise one thing, your parents are the reason why you’re here and if they chose to vote to Leave or to Remain, that is entirely up to them.

Your parents have every single right in the world to have their say on why they chose to Leave or to Remain, purely because if your parents were born before 1975, then they have every reason to choose to Leave or Remain because they have been through what you and myself never went through at mine and your age.

I will not delete you off of any social media whatsoever because I haven’t done anything wrong. I gave specific reasons on my website as to why I chose to Leave the EU and the reasons I gave were not xenophobic, racist or even disgraceful at all.

For once in your life, and this is aimed at some of you, grow up and start acting your age because I have done the most adult thing in voting for the side I chose to vote, and whether you choose to respect that or not is your choice, but don’t feel you can complain and make judgments towards me or anyone else because that makes you immature. This is my first time voting so please give me a chance.

I have chosen to write this as I am seriously getting fed up of all the rude statuses, comments, not to mention the rude tweets that keep coming up and for some of you to pass judgment and make comments purely because you may or may not like the final result that was announced at 7:35 AM on Friday morning (and yes, I stayed up until that time for the result), it just proves if you’re going to be like that towards others, then what good will this do to you in the future? It won’t do you any good and it will lose you friends.

You can choose to disagree with reading this, but the simplest thing is, if anyone chose to vote to Leave or to Remain, you have to respect anyone’s choices and also treat them with respect and vice versa, even if they chose to vote either side. You also have to respect those who didn’t get the chance to vote as well and especially those who may have chosen to not vote at all.

I understand and respect everyone’s decisions entirely if you voted to Leave or to Remain, but please don’t feel you can criticise, blame, make horrific remarks and not give a care what decisions everyone chooses to make.

Even though I have voted Leave, I have and always will give you all respect no matter what the situation or outcome, but please do not promote hate and bad blood because the decision has been made for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

But most of all, please show respect towards one another and respect all those around you because you are all going to need one another one day and you will find that by not showing respect, you will have taken each other for granted.

By showing respect, you show that you will not take them for granted and accept them for the decisions they choose to make in life.

Make peace. Don’t start a war, but most of all, come together and respect one another because whether you chose to vote to Leave or Remain, I will always respect you no matter what.

One more thing. Always be equal, diverse and respect all those around you and you’ll find that you’ll be respected more.

Please don’t feel at all that what I’ve said here you shouldn’t take to heart, I just want everyone to get on with one another and to love one another. I respect you all no matter what choices you choose to make and will always respect you no matter what.

To all of you reading this, I sincerely apologise if you do by chance get offended. This is not my intention.

Alex Smithson

The EU Referendum. The Historical & Most Controversial Voting Event in History.

It’s been the most talked about event of the year. The EU Referendum. But just how important is the EU Referendum? Well I’ll tell you.

The EU Referendum, as we all know it, would be the biggest referendum for the European  Union, in which all citizens of Europe, for instance, the UK, Gibraltar, Scotland, Northern Ireland and many other parts of the United Kingdom would cast their vote on whether to Leave the European Union, or to Remain in the European Union. I stayed up until 7:35 AM this morning after I went to bed as I was eager to find out the final result from the EU Referendum and I was one of those people today who would not sleep until I found out the final result from the EU Referendum.

I am absolutely pleased that the Leave side of the EU Referendum campaign won the vote to leave the EU and I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with anyone who chose to vote Leave or Remain and I absolutely have no problem with anyone who chose to not vote in the EU Referendum.

I was somewhat surprised of the news that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, had announced his resignation from his position as Prime Minister for the United Kingdom but after I woke up to the news of his resignation and that he would be leaving his position as Prime Minister in October, I went from being tired and not alert to being wide awake and fully alert.

You can say I was surprised but wasn’t shocked. However, I am pleased that the Leave side of the campaign won the vote to Leave the European Union.

It was obvious from day one that the EU Referendum wouldn’t just be the historical voting event in history, but that it would also be the most controversial Referendum in history.

There were always going to be those certain stages where xenophobic, racist, and even homophobic comments would crop up and cause a series of bumps in the road, as well as other forms of social abuse online.

Of course there was and still is a huge amount of backlash from both sides of the campaign, as there have been a large number of comments that are deemed racist based around immigration, but even so, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Facebook to find out how everyone else reacted to the United Kingdom leaving the EU.

I will be honest, I voted to Leave the EU for a number of reasons and it’s not in any way about immigration at all just before there is any chance of someone jumping the gun at why I chose to leave.

I chose to Leave the EU because:

  1. Of the lack of money being funded for our National Health Service, our voices not being heard, including a government that is corrupt because they take advantage of our human rights and tell us what we can and cannot do.
  2. Our human rights are being taken away from us if we chose to remain, for instance, by remaining, we won’t get much of a say over what we can and cannot do in the UK if we chose to Remain.
  3. The lack of policing on our streets, our safety not being taken into account and the fact that our government and the EU are failing to crack down on the crime rates. For instance, the crime rates are at an all-time high due to gun and knife crimes being committed, not to mention the leniency of sentencing where a prisoner’s amount of years behind bars are concerned. Every day there are a number of reports being published of multiple stabbings taking place, including gun crimes, and also crimes where technological devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions, even the latest smartwatches being stolen.

Obviously, this article will receive mixed reactions and quite possibly a lot of criticism and I’m not in any shape or form going to deny that, but I have absolutely no intention of causing offence based on my reasons for choosing to leave the European Union, so I do sincerely apologise if you are offended.

Every single day, I always keep myself up to date on the news, even when I’m not publishing any articles, as I always make sure to never miss a single thing. I watch the news very closely 24/7 so that I can get a clear understanding of the news, as well as to what goes on in the world every single day.

I will make it perfectly clear I have absolutely no problem with anyone who chose to vote to Leave or Remain and I also have absolutely no problem with anyone who chose to not vote in the EU Referendum.

This is my first ever time voting, but I respect everyone’s decisions entirely if you chose to vote to Leave or Remain, and I also respect everyone’s decisions for if you chose to not vote in the EU Referendum.

Did you vote to Leave or Remain in the EU Referendum? If so, please feel free to submit feedback. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Pray for Orlando

Out of respect and remembrance in light of the recent events of the 50 victims who lost their lives as a result of the deadly massacre, there will be absolutely no publishing of any articles for tomorrow and Wednesday as I want to pay my full respects to all the victims and all the families who are grieving at this time. Mother Nature will resume operation on Thursday 16th June.

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With love, full respects, tributes and condolences,

Alex Smithson x

I Will Make You See Things from My Perspective.

Over the years, I’ve known some people who can be thoughtless and heartless, no matter how hard you try to put yourselves out there for them, especially where your respect to them concerns. I’ve had my fair share of that experience and I’m not ashamed to say this, but I will not put myself out there for those who feel it’s okay to take others for granted, have a go at those who are trying to respect and help them and I will most certainly not put my neck on the line for some people who think it’s okay to treat me like I’m something they’ve trodden in.

Why do I have every right to feel like this? Because I am sick to death of those who think and believe it’s okay to act like they’re clever, like they are on top of their game, thinking they’re it as well as thinking that they’re better than everyone else. Well for those who believe they can be like that towards me, no matter how much respect I give, no matter how much I care, well I can say this. You’re not clever, you’re a fool and the only way you can gain respect is if you respect me and everyone the same.

I’ve had to put up with those who think it’s alright to act like they’re worth more than others. I’ve had to put up with some people judging me and everyone else by the way we choose to look. I’ve had to put up with the fact there are some people who feel it’s okay to not care a damn about those who want to do well in life. Well I can tell you one thing, life is worse off for those who have to make the problems when they are making more problems for themselves than for those around them.

I’ve had some negative comments being directed at me by some which I’ve usually risen above from, but sometimes I’ve had the occasional negative comment that can make me feel down that I can sometimes take to heart, but at the end of the day, I’m better than those who think it’s okay to treat me like I’m something that they’ve trodden in.

At the end of the day, if you take those around you for granted and you don’t give them respect and treat them with the respect that they want, then that proves you haven’t really lived.

The art of communication from my perspective has gone out of the window due to the advancing amount of technology nowadays and my generation are not going out and socialising as often as before, no thanks to video-games overruling and brainwashing those who get shot of the first violent video game that catches their eye and not only that, but even I feel embarrassed of those who try to criticise me at the first opportunity because I don’t like playing the type of video-games that are violent.

For example, with Grand Theft Auto, I have never owned the game in my household and I always used to be asked the same question: “Why do you not have that game?“, to which I reply: “Because it brainwashes and teaches those who play how to commit a crime.” Even at this stage, I was told by some that it doesn’t, but it’s their word against reality and it’s also my word against them. I would rather play a video-game that isn’t violent at all, but is joyful, but one that won’t annoy me and make me kick up a fuss to the point where I end up leaving a lasting negative impact on those around me.

I believe in making peace, not violence. Violence is like drawing blood, once it all kicks off, that’s when you have to run, whether you like it or not. Making peace is what brings us all together and I believe that making peace is what will help mend any damage that has been done. As it’s always been said. Less said. Soon is mended.

I believe that the more that we all communicate face-to-face with one another, the better. But back to the real focus of this article, I feel that the more we take each other for granted, the more under-appreciated we will see ourselves, as well as in each other and to all those around us.

I mean, come on, we’ve all had our fair share of bad moments in life from where we have seen some people who have gone off the rails and messed up their own lives and futures, even I have seen it for myself, but it doesn’t hurt to try and work that extra hard to be communicative and more respectful towards one another.

I believe in respect, equality and diversity all the way and I know for a fact if you cannot be diverse towards one another and be equal towards one another, whether it’s to do with how a person feels, what sexuality they are, mind over matter of the person who they choose to be, including whether they want to change or do something good with their lives, then life isn’t worth living.

Equality, Diversity and Respect are the three things I look for in a person and if I notice something that’s not right about that person, for instance, how they treat the people around them, as well as how respectful they are, including how diverse and equal they make themselves out to be, then I keep my distance and I don’t approach them in the event they say something or do something that may be life-changing, or even something that may potentially put the lives of others, including mine in danger. I’m not trying to be judgmental about it, so you can be forgiven for thinking that, but I would rather someone treat me and everyone else with the full respect, equality and diversity where possible, rather than someone treat me and everyone else the complete opposite.

To be honest, I couldn’t care less if anyone thinks I am waffling on, but at the end of the day, I am entitled to a freedom of speech where this is concerned because I have a right to tell everyone how I really feel. I am also entitled to my own rights in life the same as everyone else and at the end of the day, if that cannot be accepted, then I don’t see why anyone should think life isn’t worth living.

From my perspective, life really is worth living and we can all make sure that life for all of us is really worth living by communicating with one another face-to-face with respect. Another way we can all make sure our lives are really worth living is to step away from all technology where possible and get our backsides out and start socialising more. All those people who call themselves gangs are not really gangs, it’s just a group of troublemakers who are willing to hurt those around them and it’s those kind of people who shouldn’t be allowed on our streets.

Last night, I felt the need to make myself clear to everyone by writing this:

“I have my own way of life, including the path I’ve chosen by myself. If you don’t like that, get used to it because I’m not going to change.” – Alex Smithson

I decided enough was enough and I wanted everyone to know where I stand, including that I won’t change at all even if anyone expects me to. After all, I am standing up for what I believe in and I will be myself and I won’t change. I chose to write this as I wanted to prove that I’m grown up enough to accept other people who won’t change, but to let everyone else know that I won’t change either. In other words, I wanted to be the grown-up man and say this in a mature context so that it wouldn’t be taken the wrong way at all.

All I want and all I ask for is that full respect is given to me and everyone else, that’s including everyone else being equal and diverse, because respect, equality and diversity are the three key signs I look for in everyone and if I don’t see all three, that’s including not seeing all three but just one key, then it’s those kind of people I will not talk to and will instead distance myself from, because at least I will be able to know who to talk to and who to not talk to.

I’ve said this as I want everyone to have respect, equality and diversity for one another, that’s all I want. I will always show respect, equality and diversity towards everyone because that’s how I am towards everyone, and I shall continue to be respectful, equal and diverse towards everyone no matter what.

If you feel and agree that respect, equality and diversity should be the three key signs that everyone should have in life, then please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Do We Live in an Equal & Diverse Society?

Equality & Diversity are just two of the main key factors that make up all the societies in this world. Whether it would be to do with a person’s religious background, sexuality or even how someone chooses to look and appear, both key factors should be taken into consideration no matter what society any of us come from.

Well unfortunately when it comes to reality, both of these key factors share a form of lacklustre in the real world today, as a wide array of societies don’t always accept people just for who they want to be in this world, and our world unfortunately, I’m sorry to say, is not exactly equal and diverse like we hoped it to be.

I’ve always believed that if you fail to accept someone just for who they are, who they choose to be, as well as who they love, including what they look like, it makes you a bad person because it will make you feel better about yourself, when actually it doesn’t, it just shows the world how much of a bad person you really are.

I always believe that we should all be equal and diverse towards one another, because in the real world, parts of the world lack either one or both, because there’s sometimes a lack of equality, where people are treated inequally just because of who they are and how differently they choose to live their own lives.

It’s pretty sad that inequality exists in this world, and the same goes for the lack of diversity in this world as well, because with a lack of equality and diversity in this world, how will we be able to treat one another with respect?

Equality & Diversity are the two key prime examples that make up the large population of people in this world. There’s over 7 billion of us in this world, and only about 3.5 billion of us are in this kind of real world madness. That’s just how I see things from my perspective, and you don’t have to agree if you don’t want to, because that’s how I see my perspective on equality and diversity in this world.

If there was more equality and diversity in this world, then the whole world, and I mean the whole world, as in every single person on this Earth, then all of us would come together, not just to unite, not just to love, but to treat and respect one another for what it’s worth.

I always keep these two key life factors close to my heart, because I’d rather be equal and diverse towards everyone and treat everyone with respect and accept everyone rather than be the complete opposite.

At the end of the day, the more equal and diverse all societies are, the better this world becomes, and the more equal and diverse everyone in the world becomes, the better the place that this world becomes.

If there was more equality and diversity in this world, the whole world would be a much better place than it is now.

Only we can make that change, and it’s time to make a change, to make a difference, but most importantly, to be equal and diverse towards each other, because only we can make the world a better place by starting now.

If you felt inspired by this article, then please feel free to feedback your thoughts. Your feedback is absolutely appreciated and I hope this sends inspiration your way.

Alex Smithson

Life is Precious. Make the Most of a Happy & Positive Life.

Life throws at us what we do or don’t like to experience, but it’s being able to accept who you are that really matters. Whether you have anyone around you who chooses to see you differently because of who you are and how you choose to appear, that doesn’t matter, it’s what comes from your heart and who you are that really matters the most.

In life, you can be called every name under the sun that some people may see as a gateway to all sorts of trouble, but you are the only person that matters because you can stand up for what you genuinely believe in, and not give a care about what anyone thinks of you.

In my eyes, it doesn’t matter who you love and who you choose to be, and it doesn’t matter what you look like, what matters is that you should be yourself and that you should never change for anyone because they may see you in a different light, just be yourself and realise that your life is precious, and it’s always good to make the most of the happy and positive life you will have, because you only get this kind of chance in life to be happy and to be positive as well. So make the most of your life and value how precious your life really is.

Forget what anyone thinks of you, and so what if you look different in size to everyone else, that doesn’t matter, and so what if you are different to everyone else, at the end of the day, just think, we are all different. We are all not the same. We are all born to do our own thing, and the less we take ourselves for granted, the better we feel, and the more we bring ourselves together, the better we all become.

We were all born for many purposes, and that was to be ourselves, to be accepting and equal with each other and to show complete respect to one another. Anyone’s respect doesn’t go unnoticed, but can be noticed depending on how much you respect someone and how much you care and value them.

I always believe that if you can respect everyone around you and treat everyone equally and treat everyone with diversity, then you’ll find you will move up in the world because the more respect you show, the more you’ll get respected back in return. In other words, the more equal and diverse you are, the more equal and diverse everyone will be towards you.

Life is without a shadow of a doubt precious, and it’s always good to make the most of your happy and positive life now, because you’ll never get this chance to live a happy and positive life again.

However hard things can be life, especially if you’ve been through a bad patch or if you’ve lost someone close to you, always make sure to keep positive, not just for yourself, but for them as well, and show those that are no longer around that you can keep strong for them and make sure to do them proud. After all, I always believe this, even if that person is no longer around to be by your side, keep this in mind: “I want to make sure to do you proud and to make sure to continue all of the good work you’ve done, and I will work my socks off to make sure I can do you proud.

Happiness and Positivity, in my eyes, are the keys to a wonderful life, so start living now and make something good for yourself ☺👍👌.

If this article has put a bundle of happiness and positivity in your step, please feel free to feedback your thoughts. Your feedback is absolutely appreciated. Remember, I’m always going to be here to inspire you all, so I will make sure none of you go without :-).

Alex Smithson

Topic: Does Technology Throw Your Maturity & Communication Skills Out of the Window?

In modern-day life, technology is a major key factor that plays a role in our lives, but at the same time, can be the leading course for maturity and communication skills being thrown out of the windows. Why do you ask? Because technology has been the cause for some having their eyes pasted to the screens of a mobile phone, computer, TV or a handheld console, which leaves anyone in the position of not being able to communicate properly as a result, with maturity being another main issue in the process as well, given that a lack of maturity is shown when technology is around.

In this topic, I will make sure to give my views on whether technology throws your maturity and communication skills out of the window, and I will also be giving my reasons for why I believe that it is taking away our chances of maturing properly, as well as how our communication skills can be affected severely as a result.

How is Maturity Thrown Out of the Window?

Maturity can be thrown out of the window very easily when the wide-range uses of technology is around, as the digital world is like an alternate version of the real world, only with a lack of social interaction, which, when you see things from this view, is sad, because our generation, where maturity is concerned, lacks pretty much almost all forms of it, as there are people constantly texting and looking at the screen of a mobile phone or tablet, who, at certain stages, like to shut themselves off from the people around them.

With people shutting themselves off from the people around them, including the real world, it’s like they are in a world of their own, and when they are, they don’t listen or take note of what is said, let alone what is being done, and it proves that maturity is something our generation reacts, especially when it comes to respect as well, because respect plays a huge part in our lives, and with a lack of maturity in my generation, is it any wonder why there are so many gun crimes, knife crimes and even hit-and-run crimes being committed?

In the last few days, I had quite the sudden outburst on the social networking site, Facebook, as I saw inappropriate statuses coming up on my News Feed with comments that left little to the imagination. Why? Because the comments that followed what those statuses said came across as being vile, amoral, misogynistic, volatile and disgusting, and if you ask me, I was annoyed at it, because usually I rise above it and refresh my News Feed, but on some days when I open the Facebook app on my iPod touch, or even when I log on to Facebook on my laptop, I am sometimes, if not almost on a regular occasion, greeted with rude statuses on my News Feed that follow with some prolific comments underneath too.

Below is the first status I posted up on Facebook, in which I expressed my anger to these statuses and comments that were coming up on my News Feed, with a second status that quickly followed.

“Honestly, with some of the rude statuses and comments that come up on my Facebook, it’s not normal behaviour at all, and is very immature, amoral and disgusting.

I would appreciate it if there was more respect on this social network because at the moment, the comments and messages I’m seeing are not wise and are either misogynistic and distasteful. So from me. Please stop.

By all means I’ll be continuing to use Facebook, but I would appreciate it if everyone in this world can just get on.

Forgive me if I’m annoyed at it all, but if any of you don’t like jumping at each other’s throats at the opportunity of an argument, or even a little squabble that isn’t necessary, then the simplest thing is don’t use Facebook and any social networks at all, and maybe, just maybe, the whole world would be a lot better.

So what if you think I’m rambling on, talking a load of complete bull from your perspective, I couldn’t care less, but if I want to speak up about anything, then I will, and I won’t hide my feelings or pander to do what I’m told to do. I will do things by my own book on my terms as and when I see fit.

I am my own being and I am also being myself. If you don’t like it, then that’s fine, but after all, it’s your loss and my gain.

I’m sorry if I’m annoyed but it’s about time I spoke up, so please, stop all these horrific comments, statuses and vice versa.

If you stop using social networking altogether, and realise just how technology and social media is throwing your communication skills and respect away, then maybe you would see things in a different light 😡.” – Alex Smithson

After I put the first status up (shown above), I quickly apologised for my sudden outburst, but still kept to what I said, as this is what I meant when it came to a lack of maturity and communication skills:

“I’m sorry for the sudden outburst, but at this stage, I just want for all of us to respect and love one another. Don’t take those around you for granted, because you’ll soon regret it if you do.

Show respect, love, care and your undivided attention to all of those around you, and you’ll be surprised and also realise how much you will all need one another.

Also, make the most of the time you have and appreciate all the time you have in this world, because it’s never coming around again.” – Alex Smithson

At the end of the day, maturity and respect is key no matter what the situation or outcome, and only we can do the good work and respect others and have a grown-up and mature attitude that is acceptable towards everyone.

How are Communication Skills Thrown Out of the Window?

Communication skills can be thrown out of the window very easily, especially where technology is involved, as my generation nowadays have their eyes pasted to their phones/tablets/computers, which invites a lack of communication to someone face-to-face.

I’m sorry to be taking a dig at my generation, but it has to be said, about half of my generation is mature and have a grown-up attitude and know exactly right from wrong and know what to do in life, but the other half of my generation are either going out on the streets, causing trouble for those around them, or they are just sitting around or walking around with their eyes pasted to the screens of anything technology-related, which anti-socialises them from being around the people who care about them the most.

In day-to-day life, because of the use of technology where communication skills are involved, a large number of people are losing the art of conversation face-to-face because mobile phones, laptops, and even tablets are taking away the communication skills that everyone needs to develop, and it’s not just that, but with the lack of communication skills, technology, from certain core areas and perspectives, is to blame, and if it all carries on, eventually, technology will be the primary and secondary killer that will kill us all.

Like I said though in the first status I put up on Facebook within the last few days, if we stopped using social networking altogether, and realised just how technology and social media is throwing our communication skills and respect away, then maybe we would see things in a different light.

As you can imagine, when I wrote those statuses and posted them to Facebook, I was absolutely furious, and I had made sure to make my feelings clear about it because the lack of maturity and communication skills bother me when it comes to talking to someone. Now I know it shouldn’t be something that should bother me, but I would rather keep in contact through technology, but also speak to that person face-to-face and communicate with them in more of a mature way than not at all, because at the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing.

RESPECT.

To conclude, I personally believe that technology is throwing our maturity and communication skills out of the window, and I personally believe also that it’s killing the art of communication in the real world, and technology is to blame in certain aspects, but will also be the main reason why maturity becomes worse for those at a young age, because those at a young age are going to end up growing up with a lack of maturity, including a lack of good communication skills, both of which are the two most important key factors of our lives that make us the person we should become, unless we act now.

If we act now by stopping ourselves and everyone else from using any form of technology for some time, maybe, just maybe, we will not only see things in a better light, but we will all see the better person in ourselves if we work hard now to really bring back the art of communication, and give those a better chance of growing up properly.

If you feel that technology is throwing maturity and communication skills out of the window, then please feel free to sound off in the comments below. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Maturity & Communication in Modern Society: How Has Our Generation Affected the Way We Mature & Communicate Over the Years?

In modern society, maturity is something that shouldn’t really go amiss, especially in our generation and in this day and age, but when it comes to maturity in modern society, among many other areas of life, our generation unfortunately lacks almost all of maturity.

I personally feel that if our generation took a look at the previous generation and compared them to our own generation, our generation would be shocked, because in the 1960s, there were no digital mobile phones, except for the old-style retro wired telephones, which came with just a number dial and the phone, including the occasional ringing noise everytime someone went to pick up the phone. Nowadays, that doesn’t happen. Why? Because, as technology has become so advanced in the past 50 to 100 years, all is takes for you to do nowadays is to open an app, type in the phone number and ring that number, and even back then, apps weren’t even a thing.

Our generation, I’m sorry to say, has become so wrapped up in technology that at least half or most of the time, I’ve seen some people who have had their eyes pasted to their phone screens, computer screens, and even handheld consoles and gaming consoles, whilst other people have been speaking. I know I may sound like a fine one to talk because I use much of what I’ve mentioned above, but I only use a phone for emergency purposes, and most of the time, I can’t use any consoles because I always put my studies first before anything else.

Maturity is key in everyone’s life, but so is communication, and communication is always key as well, as communication is also something that goes amiss in the current generation. I’m sorry to say this, but maturity and communication are the two most important key factors that our generation lacks, and I forgive you if you feel annoyed about the way modern society has turned out.

The reasons why maturity and communication have become tarnished over the years is not just because of technology, but also because of gun and knife crime, as we all have to live in fear for our own safety almost each and every day. It’s pretty sad, don’t you think?

Over the course of last year, there were a large number of gun and knife crimes, which could have been prevented if the police numbers here weren’t cut. If there was more of police on the streets, our generation would have been just that extra bit maturer and would have possibly communicated a lot better.

One of my followers on here made a very interesting observation shortly after I published the article: “My own views on Violence and why it is never the answer.” and said to me that it is up to us young ones to do all of the good work, and to be honest, that follower that told me was right, and there’s no denying that maturity and communication are two of the most important things that are often not thought about and always put upon.

In my eyes, maturity and communication, as well as respect are the three most important key factors in life that we should not take for granted, and I believe at the end of the day in maturity, communication and respect, because, to me, they are the three most important factors in life that we should always appreciate having.

If there was one day in this world and in our generation where no-one was to use anything at all, and if everyone was to respect one another, communicate with one another, and even mature with one another, the world would be a better place. I think of the three main keys that connect to these as well; perception, perspective and persistency.

I just feel that with three of the most important things in life, this whole world could get on, but at the moment, the whole world is a bad place to be, and it is up to all of us, especially the young ones, like myself, to do the good work.

To conclude, I personally believe that we should all communicate with each other properly, and that we grow up with a mature mindset and attitude that allows us to respect each other for everything that life is worth.

If you feel that maturity, communication and respect should be some of the things we should see in this world, please feel free to feedback your opinions and thoughts on what you think of maturity and communication in modern society.

Alex Smithson