Do you think that because of the rise in technology (via text messaging, email, instagram, snapchat, etc.) college students level of writing is getting better or worse? Explain.
Although technology is a blessing because it allows us to instantly connect with someone and get messages quickly and efficiently, it is detrimental to the way we write in a professional and academic sense. There has been a decline in students ability to write in an academic way because students are so used to sending instant messages that are short in response and usually not 100% fully thought out. We have become lazy in the way we write and sometimes this laziness is not separated when we are writing academically, say, a research paper for a class or something as simple as an email to a professor. There are times we forget who we are talking to and just write how we usually would via text, because that seems to be the predominant way of communication in the 21st century.
How does sociology compare to psychology? In other words, why study sociology if it is so similar to psychology?
Although psychology and sociology are similar in many ways, each contribute their own perspectives and ideas in a unique way. Psychology is more about an individual to individual basis of study, whereas sociology is about looking at the world in a macro-perspective and studying how society affects groups of people (societies). Sociology allows researches to find out why certain events that happen in every day life affect groups in different ways and how groups affect society. Sociology allows one to see the two way street between our actions and the actions of others and its affects on one another.
How can Buddhism's concept of mindfulness be useful/implemented into the field of Western Psychology? In other words, how can Eastern ways of thought be combined with Western ways of thought?
First, one must define what mindfulness is and although there are many definitions it can be simply put as the practice of awareness of the present moment. One can be mindful doing the most mundane of tasks such as doing the dishes, driving a car or listening to a song. Being mindful seems simple, yet, it is an intricate psychological process that has been receiving much attention in recent years due to its numerous health benefits. Practicing mindfulness during meditation for example, also called mindfulness meditation, can actually change the grey matter that is in the human brain. Practicing mindfulness can reduce anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression and even the most severe mood disorders like Bipolar and PTSD. Western Psychology has integrated this Eastern concept into any Western therapies such as MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) which combines the West's CBT and East's concept of mindfulness. Another way that Buddhism's concept of mindfulness is useful to Western Psychology is through the fields of Positive and Humanistic Psychology, which reference Eastern way of thought often through exercises of meditation, positive thinking through appreciation of the good things in life and within ones self, and focus on spirituality (this is where Buddhism comes into play).