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The account page is gaining followers by the day, using Google Forms to obtain submissions. Graphic by: Nathan Lopez

Student-made Instagram account shares anonymous confessions from students

Emily Sevaaetasi, Nathan Lopez, and Sawyer Cameron February 15, 2024

The people of VHS have mixed opinions about a new VHS confessions account on Instagram @venturahigh_confessions on Instagram is a new school drama Instagram account created in December by an anonymous...

Social media stalking should be normalized, especially in our generation of technology. Graphic by: Kendall Garcia

Opinion: Is social media stalking socially acceptable?

Ella Duncan and Kendall Garcia February 17, 2023

Let’s be real; we’ve all done it Stressing because you accidentally liked someone's year-old Instagram post? It’s time to get over it. Whether it's due to curiosity, or pure controversy, stalking...

What we see on social media can heavily influence our sense of security in relationships. Graphic by: Soraya Stegall

Opinion: The role the world of social media plays in teen relationships

Can social media jeopardize healthy relationships and cause issues of trust and dishonesty? Tiktok, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, the list goes on, social media apps like these have embedded themselves...

Collage of recent pictures of singer/songwriter Ye West in one of his hit singles Follow God and him at a Make America Great Again rally.

“Ye” in the hotseat

Christian Montecino, Halle Gentry, and Jayden Gentry February 1, 2023

What do students think about the recent outbursts across Kanye West’s social media? Kanye West, who legally changed his name to “Ye West'' in 2021,  who has been in the culture’s crosshair for...

TikTok is an app that skyrocketed in popularity in 2020. Flash forward to 2022, and the app is still the number one most downloaded in the U.S. Photo by: Kendall Garcia

TikTok is still at the top of the social media hierarchy, even in 2022

Kendall Garcia January 6, 2023

TikTok has been the most downloaded app for the past three years, but why has the app become so popular? TikTok is a short-form video sharing app that came from In 2018, all users’

“For Instagram you pose [and] set up your pictures, but for BeReal you have a limited amount of time that you can take your picture and share it with your friends,” said Jonathan Kelley 26. Graphic by: Belen Hibbler

Opinion: Are you actually being real?

The popularity of the app BeReal raises some curiosity; do people like the app because they can show their authentic selves, or do they like that their posts will be perceived as “real” even though...

Andrew Tate is an internet personality who is surrounded by controversy and has been banned from many social media platforms. Graphic by: Sophia Nacu

Opinion: For and against the impact of Andrew Tate

Alejandro Hernandez and Sophia Nacu September 9, 2022

Two journalists argue their beliefs regarding internet personality Andrew Tate For: by Alejandro Hernandez Andrew Tate is an internet personality and former professional kickboxer. On Aug. 19, Facebook...

The Pinterest Logo in a new light showing all the beautiful parts of Pinterest. Drawing by: Belen Hibbler

Opinion: Pinterest isn’t dead

Avea Baker February 28, 2022

 Pinterest is a social media that has been lost in the dust, but I think it needs to come back   Recently, I feel like Pinterest is slowly joining the graveyard of old social media that no one...

Senior Martie Pecht said, “[COVID-19] Misinformation is very harmful and can be very deadly so I think people should be penalized for it.” Photo by: Olive Kranzler

Opinion: Social media platforms need to stop COVID-19 misinformation

Alejandro Hernandez and Olive Kranzler February 10, 2022

The virus of ignorance that spreads online In today’s day and age, most of our information comes from online sources. The validity of facts online has often been misleading, but what about when it comes...

Freshman Isabella Brito hiding her Snapchat behind her backpack in Mr. Billers third period math class. Photo by: Brody Daw

Is social media rotting us from within?

Brody Daw November 12, 2021

According to VHS students, negative mental health is a result of the drastic impact of social media “TV will rot your brain.” Many have heard this quote, but does it actually, and is it the same with...

This data from Statista shows engagement in social media has been steadily increasing since 1977 when it was invented. Graphic by: Olive Kranzler

Opinion: Sleep vs Snapchat

Olive Kranzler October 8, 2021

Teens are historically tired, but is social media affecting their sleep schedule? Many VHS students feel tired. This isn't a new phenomenon, teens have been lacking sleep since the dawn of their existence....

Many BookTok users create various things to celebrate milestones in the community or to express their love for it. The pink was chosen for the background because its a color that is associated with kindness which is what many users say describes the community. Graphic by: Tyler Lopez

Opinion: TikTok’s BookTok Community

Tyler Lopez October 6, 2021

VHS students share their thoughts on the popular subsection. The rise  of TikTok communities have given TikTok users solace during the pandemic with its various options. It has given people spaces to...

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