Life Post-Grad

Graduating in less than a week is both an exhilarating and terrifying feeling. Not only does it mean that I’m done with school (for now), but it also means that I’m officially entering the real world, and with that comes major change. The amount of constant that I choose to keep in my life is purely up to me but the changes- those are debatable. As a fresh college graduate, that’s what life is going to entail: rolling with the punches and keep on swinging.

 

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Social Media: The Trending Addiction

Earlier this week, a University of Chicago research team released the results of their study that measured willpower of 205 individuals between the ages of 18 and 85. The team discovered that the “desire for social media was far tougher to resist than that of sexual urges, spending impulses and alcohol, tobacco, and coffee” (Kevin Allen, Ragan).

Although I’m slightly skeptical about the procedure the University of Chicago’s study used to measure willpower, I still believe that the desire for social media, or to access email, is stronger than smoking or drinking.

There’s a lot to take into account about social media and emails in comparison to smoking. For example, nowadays you can’t light up:

  1. At your desk or in the office
  2. In the middle of a meeting
  3. In bed first thing in the morning, or last thing at night (traditionally)
  4. While on the train to work
  5. In the middle of the gym

An individual doesn’t have to excuse him or herself to look at or access social media when a computer, tablet, iPad, smart phone, etc. is within reach. Which, both fortunately and unfortunately, most people don’t go anywhere without their phones these days. Continue reading