The problems with easy access dopamine addiction.
When I was in high school, I had my first experience with weed.
A few years later, in college, I had my first experience with nicotine.
As a 22-year-old, I reckon it’s been over 4 years now since I’ve developed a fixation for putting a cigarette-like object in my mouth, inhaling the smoke, and filling my undeserving lungs until I exhaled.
It wasn’t until I noticed how toxic my relationship with social media, alcohol, and streaming services has become that I decided I needed to look deeper at my habits fueling my dopamine…
If we cannot build up our economic understanding, then we cannot elect representatives that stand for our voice. We ensure repetitive chaos and not progress.
The greater populations need to become active economists in order “to demand the right courses of action from those in decision-making positions.”
-Economist Ha-Joon Chang
I must first state that I am not a proponent or opponent of any economic system. Civilizations often rise and fall due to a reluctance of understanding more than what is labeled “good”. If an idea is labeled as bad, it will not be considered. What we forget is that…
I spent all my money by the time I graduated college.
The characters we have the pleasure of meeting in this life are truly amazing.
It’s no wonder then that the financial philosophies of individuals vary like chalk and cheese.
Having completed my undergraduate degree, here’s what I’ve observed as a 22-year-old college graduate and member of Generation Z (born between 1997–2012).
My observations revolve around my college years (since it’s the first time we are made to feel like real, independent, responsible “adults”). …
The lessons I learned and what feels like a rude awakening as a graduate.
If you’re going to college for a computer science degree or similar in pursuit of working in tech, then it’s likely you’ve met the types of people who fit into stereotypes we often see in media.
To be fair, there are people who fit those stereotypes.
Some may seem condescending.
Many are probably smarter than you.
Most of them assuredly have some form of imposter syndrome.
I was fortunate enough to intern at the company I work full-time at now. The internship was good but didn’t…
What it means to go through life being okay with just about anything.
I’m an optimist. At least that’s what I tell myself, that’s what I tell others, and that’s how I try to live my life.
That is until one day, I was in the kitchen with my mom when she asked me,
“What do you want for dinner tonight?”
“I don’t care”, I replied.
Annoyed, she tells me to start caring.
“But I don’t mind what we have, I’ll still eat it.” I countered.
That’s when it finally hit me- I exude indifference.
It wasn’t just a single…
Anyone that’s ever played a video game before knows that they are like an entryway into a new type of world. Not just the fantasy worlds of Lego Star Wars or Call of Duty, but the entire world as a whole- connected through the internet.
This mixture between game worlds and the real world allows for some unique consequences, both positive and negative, that we seldom think about.
Personally, it has been sixteen years since some of my earliest memories involving video games.
I was about six years old then.
The sharing of experiences and information in live multiplayer games…
The amount of angst caused by the mixed signals from COVID is creeping on problematic. I mean, this may seem like a “first-world problem”, but it’s a problem none-the-less and it’s relative to many of our situations around the world.
As I’m sitting in my bedroom writing this, I feel that I’m hallucinating distant echoes of college culture.
In fact, it’s actually my birthday soon, which means we’ve been in some sort of a quasi-quarantine for at least a year.
Just sitting at home, shuffling through the same five rooms every day.
Bedroom. Bathroom. Kitchen. Dining Room. Living Room.
How writing taught me to understand myself.
Now that 2021 is underway, I can finally feel good about working towards new and improved habits- yet again.
Instead of listing off farfetched goals like “make my first million” or “become a bodybuilder” by the end of the year, I decided to sit down and meditate on what it was that I wanted to set my sights on.
I decided to focus on journaling and expanding on it in search of attainable goals. …
Unlike frugality, being cheap can hurt more than help you. These are a few things not to skimp out on (with personal experience).
This may be the difference between committing to a healthy lifestyle centered around frugality, or the inability to make smart financial decisions that can end up costing more in the long run.
This story, with my personal experiences, will take a look at some things you should not be…