How teens of 2016 view social media platforms

It was just after dinner today that I was wondering how a teenager of 2016 views the social media platforms that are currently available, and I stumbled upon this article on Backchannel.

Snapchat has a lot less social pressure attached to it compared to every other popular social media network out there. This is what makes it so addicting and liberating.

It covers the usual platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, and some others.

As for myself. I’m still busy trying to figure out Twitter and Snapchat.


Ask this question before buying anything

I’ve always been trying to formulate a good question to ask myself before I buy anything.

While I usually ask myself “do I really need this?” I don’t always do the right thing, but it does help me be more deliberate about what I purchase.

Recently Joshua Becker posted what I feel is a much better question.

The question is this: But what if I don’t?

Whenever you feel the pull of consumerism, simply ask yourself the shortened version of this thought, “What might I be able to do if I didn’t make this purchase?”

Every purchase contains an opportunity cost. The question, “But what if I don’t?”, forces us to recognize and articulate it.

I think most of us don’t really stop to think the amount of effort needed to actually acquire the money in our wallet, or in the case of credit cards, the amount of effort that will be needed in order to pay the bill that will arrive in the upcoming statement.

I believe if I actually take the time to stop and think about it, we’ll drastically reduce the number of frivolous purchases that we make.

Evernote Thoughts

On Evernote alternatives

A while back I wrote a post on how I use Evernote.

A few days ago, Evernote announced a pretty significant price/plan change. To overly simplify the changes, you’re basically encouraged to upgrade to a paid plan, which now costs more as well.

I don’t have any objection to paid plans, after all, they need revenue in order to stay in business, but the product itself hasn’t changed or improved much over the years. Colin posted some good thoughts on this.

A while back, it deteriorated significantly that I started to switch away, but say what you will about Evernote, but depending on your use case, it’s hard to find a decent competitor.

Key features of Evernote I need (without taking into account stability etc) are:

  • Web clipping
  • Note links
  • Offline notes
  • Rich content notes

While the alternatives out there like Apple Notes, Microsoft OneNote do a great job, they’re all lacking a little in specific areas, which really makes it hard to leave Evernote.

Looking forward, I’m hoping Evernote continues to improve its product and service (which does seem to be happening) to justify the new price tag. Though at the same time, I hope some decent alternatives start to crop up. Competition is always good.

Side note: On the basis of pure text notes, Simplenote is the undisputed king for me.


McD was there for me

But I want the strategy to work. All I know is that when I needed McDonald’s, McDonald’s was there for me. When no one else was.

via McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was – The Washington Post

I really like this piece by James Franco about McDonald’s. Say what you will about McDonald’s, but one thing I’ve always loved about McDonald’s is that it provided some comfort no matter where you were. If you’re traveling in some part of China and need to just step away from it all, eat something familiar, McDonald’s is the place to go. There have been many times where I just needed a place to sit, without going into the topic of whether I should buy anything or not.


The earth would probably be better off without humans

This indicates to researchers that chronic exposure to radiation from the explosion has had no impact on overall mammal populations. Whatever fallout may have come from the initial explosion was completely offset by the benefits of life without humans.

via In eerie emptiness of Chernobyl’s towns, wildlife flourishing

Call me super villan crazy, but I often feel that the world would be much better off without humans pillaging the land of its natural resources for material gains.