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I am still sick. The cough is a bit better, but still there, and I have a head full of snot and a low-grade fever. I went to the doctor today, though, and I now have anti-biotics and an inhaler. Whee!

Other than coughing and blowing my nose, I will be spending the weekend finishing my research paper on the internet's influence on human sexuality. It's a review of literature, which means I find articles to support my hypothesis and then summarize, analyze, and critique them. Good times.

The professor for the class--doesn't seem to be completely with it, though. The specifications for the paper call for 8-10 articles and a total of 8-10 pages. Now, that isn't a maximum, but still: I have written up two articles so far for a total of 6 PAGES! IN 10 PT. FONT. And I haven't even written an introduction or conclusion for the paper, either.

I honestly can't see how I could whittle it down and still include all of the information she wants. I have no problems with turning in a 20+ page paper; I JUST DON'T WANT TO WRITE IT! I WANT TO LAY ON THE COUCH AND WATCH MY NEW SERIES 5 DOCTOR WHO DVDS! (I also want to whine and stomp my feet like a little child. Pardon me.)

Ugh...I am going to have to find a way to cover these articles in under two pages, or I may not survive the weekend.

Date: 2010-11-20 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Egh... go away sickness!

Uhm... you can do it, even if you're sick. :D

Date: 2010-11-20 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I'm finding it much easier to get through today. To my chagrin, it turns out I should have gone to the doctor earlier: less than 24 hours on antibiotics and I already feel 170% better than I've felt in the last two weeks! (I tend to fall on the side of "people take too many drugs! You just need to let your body heal itself!" side of things. The fact that I don't health insurance and need to pay for all my drugs and care out of pocket tends to reinforce this attitude...)

I am officially halfway done! I am going to do one more article before I leave the library, and one more at home tonight, which will leave just two articles to summarize and analyze tomorrow, plus the intro and summary.

Hooray! I can see both the end of this paper and my prolonged illness in sight!

Date: 2010-11-21 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That sounds like a really interesting paper! I'd be curious to know what you come up with.

I'm sorry you're still sick, yuck. :( Also, how jealous am I you got Doctor Who Series 5? Very jealous, that's what. (I finally started watching S5 and it is so much better than I expected. I think Ten is still my favorite, though.)

Date: 2010-11-21 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Basically the conclusion of my paper is that the research I WANTED to find has yet to be undertaken. I want to know if the proliferation of the internet has affected the sex lives of everyday, average people: do more people view pornography and other sexually explicit material due to its increased availability? Do people incorporate information/sexual scenarios they come across online into their offline sex lives? Are people kinkier, due to increased information on kinky sexual practices or the increased pool of sexual partners online? (i.e. It's easier to find people who're into what you are.) Do people find the internet overall enhances their sexual life, or are they disappointed that real life doesn't match up to the fantasy world they find online?

I can't find info on any of that.

What I did find is that sex that results from people meeting online is not inherently more risky than that with sexual partners met offline; that "relationship-seeking" and online dating is the most popular form of Online Sexual Activity (OSA); that about 20% of adolescents first sexual education occurs online; and that researchers are still evaluating use of pornography and sexual gratification from a male perspective and ignoring the way many women use and enjoy sexually explicit material.

Ok, stopping now: see, I'm in paper mode, and writing you an essay in the comments!

I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKE SEASON 5!!! Eleven is definitely my favorite now, but I still have love for Ten! (Except for a few very angst-y episodes where I want to slap him.)
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