Free Shipping in the U.S.A.

0

Your Cart is Empty

The YikYak App is Causing Drama in the Swimming Community

March 09, 2015 0 Comments

Apps have pros and cons. They can be used for good, or bad.
For instance, Snapchat could be a fun way to stay in touch with friends and family by sending awesome photos. Or it can be a way for people to send inappropriate content without being held accountable for it because it deletes so quickly.
 

Yik Yak and the swim community

yikyakYikYak is the same way.
“Yik Yak is the popular social media app that allows users to post commentary also known as Yaks anonymously. The users GPS location is used to determine a radius and that the user can view, comment, and rate comments occurring locally in real time. It is a phone app that has spread quickly across college campuses and high schools.”
Of course, you could use the YikYak app to anonymously compliment and uplift others. It could be used as a “random acts of kindness” device.
But no… it’s definitely been taken the opposite direction.
 

anonymous Bullying

No_DramaApparently, this has been an issue at certain swim meets. People have been targeted and bullied. Many colleges have made restrictions to phone use at these meets but this didn’t seem to fix the problem.
The inappropriate “yaks” were rewarded with the apps equivalent to “liking” on facebook. They call it “up-voting.”
This has the potential to sour the culture of high school and collegiate swimming and turn it into something hostile and unwelcoming. Which would really be a shame.
 

On the Bright Side of Technology

purple iPod half underwaterNow, let’s talk about a piece of technology that never hurt anyone and only made people super happy!
I’d like to introduce you to my favorite swim accessory: Underwater Audio’s Waterproof iPod Shuffle. Have you ever tried swimming to your favorite playlist?
It completely changes the game. Your swim will get a tune up and you’ll enjoy yourself more. If you have any comments or questions about it, feel free to message us in the comments section below.

Ryan Griffith
Ryan Griffith



Also in Swimming & Fitness

Setting New Goals For 2022
Setting New Goals For 2022

December 28, 2021 0 Comments

Are numbers the problem? Should we abandon measurable goals altogether? I wouldn’t go that far… But I believe that changing your relationship with numbers-based goal setting could have a massive impact on the outcomes of your New Year’s resolutions.
Feel Better at Any Age
Feel Better at Any Age

November 01, 2021 0 Comments

Everyone is capable of feeling healthy and full of life- no matter your age! But, that isn't going to happen by chance, it requires action. That's why we put together 4 quick and easy tips for you on how to improve your life right now!
Science Agrees With Us...
Science Agrees With Us...

October 28, 2021 0 Comments

This is the most important secret that most swimmers don’t know. One simple change that makes all the difference. Its effects are instantaneous, and they never stop working. In fact, it is so effective that sports psychologists have called it a “legal performance enhancing drug”.