Thursday, January 21, 2016

Final- Is dance a sport?

   

Is Dance a Sport?

 Often times people argue that dance is not a sport, it's been a questionable topic for many years. Usually when people think of sports they think of things like baseball, basketball, soccer, and football. Dance rarely comes up if ask someone what sports there are. People say things like "Oh dance isn't a sport, you don't do things like run miles or kick balls." But in reality these people don't know what their talking about. Dance has been an important part of peoples lives since 3000 B.C. it has been used in religious ceremonies, rituals, wedding ceremonies, and much more. Dance has evolved through the years it has gone from something very classy to just a thing that people do on a regular basis. I have been doing dance for 10 years, and I have also done soccer, track, and softball. So I have felt many similarities between the two even though people consider dance "not a sport" or "it doesn't count." In both "real sports" and dance I have been out of breath, had the need to practice, increased my endurance, and much more. Dance takes years of training and hard work to perfect.
     The definition of a sport is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment." Dance comprises of all these elements. The physical exertion of dance is that on average a dancer spends 10 hours in the dance room per week, and almost all their free time practicing. Just like any other sport would go about doing. Also, they work their muscles and body to the max, run dances countless times till their ready to pass out, push their flexibility until they are like a rubber band. Dancers often compete with each other even when they're not on a stage, they compete for a certain part in their routine. Typically dancers go to a venue with a stage and an audience, like football players go to a field with an audience. The dancers perform their routine on stage then they have the next team go on stage and perform and they compete with each other for a better score, just like football players go against other teams and try to score better. There can sometimes be ties in dance just like there are ties in soccer. 
     Dance is mentally and physically exhausting. Throughout the years, professional football players have taken Ballet classes in order to work on their flexibility, speed and agility, focus, strength, balance, and endurance. This helps them with how they perform on the field. The same muscle groups are shared between Ballet dancers, and football players, also similar skills are required and even some of the same injuries are common. Professionals in both dance and football have been quoted regarding the importance of practice.  Martha Graham, a famous ballet dancer once said, "We learn by practice, whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or learn to live while practicing living. The principals are the same". Vince Lombardi, a professional football player, once said, "Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect".  Both are referring to how practice is an important element in both of their activities.  Also, statistics show us that dance and basketball burn on average the same amount of calories per hour, approximately 450.  Dance requires just as much physical endurance and stamina as any other activity that is more commonly considered a sport.
Image result for ballet dance     Additionally, teens and children who participate in dance and an activity that people often refer to as a sport share the same schedule. Lets say for instance there are two little girls one named Sam, and one named Nicole who go to the same school, take the same classes, and share the same friends. Sam plays soccer and Nicole is a dancer. To start the week Sam goes to school at 7:30am, has her normal classes, eats lunch with her friends, comes home at around 3, does the homework she can squeeze in before her 4-8 practice. She comes home at around 9, has dinner, does the rest of her homework, and eventually gets to bed at 10:30. This is her schedule almost everyday of the week. Then you have Nicole, she shares exactly the same schedule only replacing soccer with dance! The next day at lunch Nicole and Sam are sitting at their lunch table, and some of their friends ask what they did last night. Sam tells the table her whole schedule. Her friends are like "wow! how do you manage that, I could never do that much!." Then the conversation comes to Nicole who says she has the same schedule except not soccer but dance. The table just says " Oh, but that's just dance, its not a sport like soccer, it does not count." There really is no difference between the two, just a matter of how people look at dance.
     Some people will say that dance is an art. They're not wrong. Dance does almost paint a picture or tell a story with movements of the body. Dancers have the ability to put on a show that can make people cry, but other sports are perceived as other things as well. For example football is referred to as a game of gladiators, or boxing is referred to as a battle, but it does not take away from the aspect that those things are still sports, just like dance being classified as an art does not mean its not still a sport. So, in conclusion, referring back to the definition of a sport, dance is highly competitive, entertaining, and endurance filled. So that leaves dance as technically being qualified as a sport.
   
    

Citations:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenna-garecht/is-dance-a-sport-or-an-ar_b_2681008.html, Garecht, Jenna, "Is Dance a Sport?", February 13, 2013
http://teenlife.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/11749/the-great-debate-is-dance-a-sport/, March 2, 2012, "The Great Debate: Is Dance a Sport?" Abrams, Paige
http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-dance-a-sport, "Is Dance a Sport?", May 14, 2011, S, Karen










Thursday, January 7, 2016

Beyoncè Review

   Beyonce's most recent release of her self titled album "Beyonce" comprised of some of the best work I have ever heard from her. Since it was a self titled album it was very personal. Her past albums have been great as well such as "4","Dangerously in Love", but they are more so party music, and not very deep songs. Since her last album she released, she has grown as a person, became a wife, and mother. While listening to this album it's almost like she lets us into her life, and it makes you feel like you are on the journey with her. Her album features people like Drake, Frank Ocean, and Jay-Z which just adds to the flow of the album.
   
Image result for beyonce and jay z     The first song on the album entitles "Pretty Hurts" explains how now a days there is so much pressure on women to have outer beauty, and just focusing on superficial things. It explains how we are forgetting how inner beauty should shine out, and be more more important than a pretty face. The lyrics "Mama said your a pretty girl, whats in your head doesn't matter/fix your hair, brush your teeth/what you wear is all that matters." Show the theory of this song beautifully. Another song on the album, personally my favorite entitled "Mine" ft. Drake, it flows perfectly. The song speeds up at flawless timing and slows down just when it should. Also Beyonces angelic voice mixed with Drake's rapping ties in with each other like it was meant to be. This song represents her relationship with her husband Jay-Z. "Blue Ivy", one of the last songs on her album was dedicated to her daughter which was so sweet and personal, I like how it showed a soft side of Beyonce. This song also featured a little part from her daughter saying "I love you mommy." and laughing shared between them in the background, which I thought was a nice touch. Overall this album was one of my favorites, the music and sequences of the songs flowed and it was very put together and personal. I would rate it a 10/10.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hong Kong City Restaurant Review

     Recently, I went to the Chinese restaurant Hong Kong City in Taunton. When I pulled up to this venue at first it looked a little run down, but it was a big place it almost looked like a castle. It was in the middle of Taunton, kind of a shabby part of the town with run down buildings near it. When you walked into the building it was a lot bigger and more spacious than expected. The workers were there with a smile on their face to greet and seat you. It had very high ceilings and a lot of room. They had a bar and a dining area. The bar had a few TVs with sports and news on and a lot of seats to it. The dining area was very nice with some small tables for smaller parties and some bigger table for bigger parties. The tables were set up with silverware and the usual things, but the dinner place mat had your zodiac sign which is always entertaining and fun to look at. The overall setup of the restaurant was very appealing despite the outside design of it.

     I went there with my friend Emily who had been there before, but I had not. She highly recommended the place. To start our waiter came over and offed us some tea to open up our taste buds before our meal. The tea was sweet and hot. Then our waiter took a little while to come back to us to ask us what we wanted to drink which I was a little disappointed to see, but when he came back I ordered a Diet Coke. It was good, bubbly and cold. We also got a water with a lemon, but when he came back with the water he forgot the lemon, but he noticed just as he put the water down and retrieved our lemon for us.

     Finally, we ordered our food. We got the Snow Mountain Maki sushi, the orange chicken, and the vegetable fried rice. The snow mountain maki contained crab meat, carrots, cucumber, white rice, and a crunchy inner layer. It was phenomenal, the crab meat was tender, juicy and just right. That meat combined with everything else, like the cooked carrot and the perfectly cooked rice, and the tiny bit of crunch it had made it mouthwatering. Also, the overall appearance of this dish was beautiful, it all lines up in a row with some neatly placed wasabi and a pink flower. This was one of my favorite foods I have ever had. Then I had the orange chicken which was very tender and contained a lot of meat (usually the orange chicken you get is just the fried outer layer) the orange sauce was very very
Image result for hong kong city restaurant taunton massImage result for hong kong city restaurant taunton masstangy, I understand it is typically tangy, but I wish it was a little bit sweeter than it was. It also just came in a mound of chicken, not an appealing plate. Finally I got the vegetable fried rice, I was a little disappointed with this dish, it was good but not what I expected. It tasted a little bit dry, the veggies in it seemed like they were frozen and then just thawed out and thrown in the rice. The rice itself was good but it tasted a little bland.. it could have used more salt. The price came out to $35 for all that food and drinks, I was very pleased with this. My overall experience was great the food was good with some exceptions the service was nice, and the place itself was a beautiful setup.

Monday, December 14, 2015

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Teenagers & Their Cell Phones

Problem Statement
Teenagers and Cell Phones
     This is a big problem world wide, teenagers these days can’t even have a conversation with their parents without checking their phone in that 2 minute time period. Studies show only 12% of 13-17 year olds don’t have phones. Social media contributes a lot to this addiction, over 70% of teens have more than one social network. Smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day on average. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3038496/Is-teenager-addicted-mobile-25-constantly-phones.html, Daily Mail, “Is Your Tennager Addicted to their Mobile”, Bates, Daniel, Novemer 19, 2015). Some teens even said that they'd rather live without chocolate, TV, and Facebook than without their cell phones. (http://bigthink.com/experts-corner/when-does-teen-mobile-usage-become-an-addiction-how-to-mitigate-excessive-use, “When Does Teen Mobile Use Become an Addiction”, November 19, 2015, Jackson, Christina). Some teens go as far as having depression and anxiety when their phones are not on them. They feel like they out of touch with things going on in the world. People are referring to this obsession as a “disease.” (http://hubpages.com/technology/teenagers-and-cell-phone-addiction, November 19, 2015, “Teenagers and Cell Phone Addiction”, July 19,2010). In some places such as Russia, Scientists and Government officials have said that children should not be allowed to have a phone until the age of eighteen, because of the psychological effects it has on children, and teenagers.(http://www.totalhealthmagazine.com/Childrens-Health/Are-Teens-Addicted-to-Cell-Phones.html, Guittleman, Ann Louise, “Are Teens Addicted to Cellphones”, Total Health Magazine). Parents are becoming worried about this new trend of cell phones, they say that the mobile phone is controlling their child's life. (http://www.childalert.co.uk/article.php?articles_id=322, November 19, 2015, “Children and the Mobile Phone”, Child Alert). This has become a big problem in the United States. My following research seeks to answer the question: Are teens actually obsessed with their phones?



Data Analysis:    https://docs.google.com/a/norton.k12.ma.us/forms/d/1O15dF1aBum4oA4WkfXvXG2kQVkychJ74k1rRnDF6fTg/viewanalytics


     My sample space consisted of 18 people. The questions were answered over a course of about 5 days by mainly teenagers. Most of my questions showed surprising answers but some were more split answers like the question: Does your parent advise you to get off your phone? 55.6 answered no, and 44.4 answered yes, that's interesting because it shows how different families treat the phone situation. When I asked the question: Does social media cause you to go onto your phone more frequently? 100% of my sample space answered yes. Another thing I found that showed how much teens go on their mobile phones a lot is when I asked the question: Would you feel out of touch with the world if you didn't have your phone on you for a few days? Almost 70% of the people said yes they would feel out of touch without their mobile phone on them for a few days. I asked the question: How many social media apps do you have downloaded on your phone? All of the data showed everyone had at least one downloaded on their phone, and almost all of the data sampled had at least 2 social media apps on their phone. Some questions I found interesting is when I asked: Do you feel like your phone gets in the way of your school work? And the question: Do you consider yourself to go on your phone: (all the time,most of the time, sometimes, never)? A majority of the data answered sometimes for the first question and for the second one they answered most of the time. I also asked: Do you feel as though your cell phone affects your daily life: (In a positive way, in a negative way, a little of both) almost all of my data set answered a little of both which surprised me. I had two open response questions which asked ¨On average how many text messages do you think you send per day?” and the question ¨How many times per day do you pick up your mobile device to see if you got a notification?¨ For both of these questions I received answers like ¨Too many to count¨, and ¨All day¨, and ¨A million times¨. Most of my data was very surprising and interesting.


Findings:
     My research goes to prove that my hypothesis was correct, teens are essentially obsessed with their phones. My questions in my data set helped me come up with my answer. When I asked an open response question:  ¨How many times per day do you pick up your mobile device to see if you got a notification?¨ Some of the answers I got were ¨all day¨, ¨too many to count¨, ¨I can't even count it's way too many¨. This goes to show how teens always have their phone on their mind, they are constantly thinking about when their phone is going to light up next, they are always thinking about who has contacted them, or what like/comment they have received on social media. Also, the question I asked implies for a quantitative response which I received very few of, this seems to show that teens don't even think of how many times they pick up their phone, it could suggest that thinking of just a single number is too scary, because they may realize almost half their day is staring at a little screen. It seems as though it takes over their mind, and that's why I got those responses of ¨all day.¨ etc.
     Another question I asked was: ¨How many social media apps do you have downloaded on your phone?¨ Every answer I received had at least one social media app, this question ties in with another question: ¨Does social media cause you to go onto your phone more frequently?¨ 100% of my sample answered yes, so this leads me to believe that maybe it's not just texting and the phone itself that causes a teen to go on their phone more, maybe it's more so for the social media aspect of it. Since social media is a big part of this generation's life and it's so easy to just click a button and access it on their phones it almost forces them to become obsessed with it.
    Additionally, I asked the questions: “Do you feel as though your phone gets in the way of you schoolwork?” Almost 70% said yes, or sometimes. And I asked the question “Would you consider yourself to go onto your phone:” (All the time, most of the time, not too often, and never), only 5.6 percent of people said not too often or never. These two questions link to each other because the amount of time teens use their phone leads to their phone habits getting in the way of their school work. These questions show that declining grades could be linked back to their cell phone use, both at home and in class, teens could be working on school work then see a notification and pick up their phone to check then they instantly get distracted. My other data had mostly split answers, that could mean that people have different views on those things, or that they haven't made their mind up about those things.

Discussion:
     I found a lot of good data from my research. The research I conducted seemed to match up with other research people did on the same subject of phone obsession. In one study it stated that people pick up their phones to check them an average of 150 times per day, my data averaged to about that too. From what I have seen from my research it goes to show that teens are obsessed with their mobile device.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

My Survey

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Motivation Response

     Scholarly and journalistic research say many things about the prevailing views of motivation. Motivation  benefits from incentive. In the film Freakenomics, and in the book "The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel Pink they show us two sides of how we get motivated by incentive.  By using incentive in most cases it makes the subject succeed in whatever their goal for the incentive is. Although in some cases it doesn't work the same way.

     The things that scholarly, and journalistic research say about prevailing views of motivation is many things. Such as in the video "Freakenomics" it explained how incentive can work differently depending on the person. We met one freshman in high school named Kevin, Kevin was obsessed with his skateboard, social life, and not so much school. His grades suffered immensely at almost all E's (equivalent to F's). He wasn't the only one in his school who suffered. So the school decide to start a program which worked as an incentive for students, They would get $50 if they kept their grades above C's and got no more than one detention. Kevin was very intrigued by this option, but he clearly cared much more about his social life. He failed to receive the incentive even though it was $50 bucks in his pocket. Although the film showcased another student named Urail at the same school with the same problem as Kevin. But Urail was extremely into this incentive, and he worked very hard to get his grades and behavior up. Urail succeeded and received the $50. So this shows how incentive works to motivate people, it just depends on the person. Just like in Daniel Pink's book "The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" he suggests also that there are many things that motivate us, but one more prevailing than others is the motivation of rewards/incentive.

     There are many differences between the book "The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel Pink and the film "Freakenomics". In the movie they displayed at the end how the incentive of the $50 for better grades, and better behavior didn't work out out as well as they had hoped, but it still did have a positive effect on the students. On the other hand, Dan Pink thinks that motivation should be derived simply from just creativity and the "want" to succeed  in life. They would agree on how the reward system works positively to make people motivated, but I think they would disagree on the use of the reward system, because the incentive of things like giving students $50 is short term, because once the excitement of earning money for your good actions goes away so does the motivation, which is more what Dan Pink gets into. Such as, the experiment he talks about with the Apes, they placed a puzzle in their cage, offered no reward just left the puzzle there, and the apes still found the puzzle and wanted to finish it from their pure "want", not blinded by a reward, just from the feeling of accomplishment. So the book and the film agree on a lot, but they also don't see eye to eye on everything.