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20 Things That Matter to You Now That Didn’t Before The Digital Age

20 Things That Matter to You Now That Didn’t Before The Digital Age

The digital age has changed everything. We are creatures glued to our computers and smartphones and a lot of our habits and priorities have changed. Let’s take a look at some of these digital age changes.

1. You eat food we don’t like because #foodporn

You know you’ve been wanting to go to that place that sells the absurdly expensive, unique, and exotic food because you want to try to be the next big thing when posting under #foodporn on Instagram. The food may suck and you may not eat it but your iPhone is going to take a glorious picture of it.

2. #hashtag #everything

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    Everything has to have a hashtag now because you want people searching hashtags to know what you’re saying. It’s never been more important than now to use hashtags and you use them religiously.

    3. One sec, I have to update my status

    What was once a thing people only did occasionally when they felt like it, updating your status has become an essential part of your every day life. People must know what you’re doing at all times!

    4. Problems are now photo ops

    Did you see that kid face plant the pavement? He might be hurt, bleeding, and in need of medical assistance but it’s become important to document the footage in case a news station needs it or in case it blows up on social media. Why call 911 when you can #fail and make people laugh? It won’t be long until couples are taking Vines of their breakup arguments and showing the whole world how it really went down.

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    5. Your are a different person online

    Your online persona has become as important or more important than your real life persona. You nurture your online persona like it’s your child. You feed it, love it, care for it, and protect it from bullies. Your online persona has bold opinions and constant revelations. People seem to like the online you and it becomes a bigger part of your life than your actual life.

    6. Showing is more important than doing

    It doesn’t really matter what you do anymore as long as people see that you’re doing it. Would you really go sky diving if you didn’t intend on getting that epic selfie falling out of the sky? You may go to an event and spend the whole time taking pictures rather than actually enjoying yourself. As long as people know you were there and you did that thing, it doesn’t really matter if you did it or really enjoyed doing it.

    7. An anonymous stranger said something mean. Die!

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      You’ve gotten to a point where a stranger trash talking you in the comment section of an article or video makes you more angry than things in real life do that should actually make you angry. You may wreck your car and be upset but nothing makes you type in all caps and say quite as many swear words as someone online who just doesn’t get it.

      8. You don’t log out of anything. Ever

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        Logging off means you can’t check your notifications, post updates, upload photos, or see what other people are saying and that just bugs you. You have to see what everyone is saying at all times and that means everything stays logged in even if it’s killing your smartphone battery.

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        9. You must know all things!

        Someone posts a song lyric and you have to Google it to see what song it is. There’s a new meme and you need to see it. You troll (the fishing term, not the internet term) the web looking for the latest fads to be a part of. You did a Harlem Shake video and watched Gangnam Style on the same day. For shame.

        10. Going viral is your news now

        You know that video that went viral? You saw it because, well, look at number 9. When something goes viral, you see it and the news reports on it. That’s what everyone is looking at and that means that’s what you see. Never mind who won that baseball game or what the president did. If it was important, an image, video, or something will go viral and you’ll hear about it if it’s really important.

        11. You carry a charger at all times

        You must have a way to charge your phone. You have a car charger, a wall charger at home, and probably one in your purse or backpack too. Just in case you need to plug in real quick and do a bump charge at a random outlet at a random place. Never mind your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, you feel naked without your charger.

        12. You need to know the lingo

        There are new acronyms coming out every day and you need to know all of them. There’s your ttyl, gtg, brb, ily, lol, lmao, rofl, smh, mrw, mfw, gtfo, stfu, and all the other ones. People use them and you know them. It is your most important vocabulary lesson.

        13. You must be the mayor on Foursquare

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          How dare that random, anonymous internet person check in at that place more times than you! You are so into location-based social media that you will either go out of your way to frequent a spot or you will go to places you don’t like just so you can check in and say you were there.

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          14. You care more about how you look in a video chat than in real life

          You may be sitting around every day with unkempt hair and unwashed shirts. Rest assured when it’s time to use Skype or Hangouts you’re in the bathroom brushing your teeth, doing your hair, putting on make up (where applicable), and putting on fresh cloths. You need to look nice in your video chats in case people take pictures!

          15. You own a cat

          You may be allergic to cats. I know I am and I own a freaking cat for some reason. Your friends think cats are cool and cute and that means you think cats are cool and cute. Sure dogs are on the upswing but who has time to play fetch with Fido? Cats don’t do squat and don’t need you do anything other than clean the litter box.

          16. Your kill-death ratio is your status symbol

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            Yeah this one applies mostly to gamers but even girls game these days. You know how to play those games, you know how to win those games, and you know everyone else does too. You’ve learned how to coax the game into doing what you need it to do and your 3:1 KDR is your proof!

            17. What the hell is sleep?

            Who has time to sleep anymore? You have updates to post, things to read, songs to listen to, and all the famous people you follow in Europe are just about to wake up! You don’t want to miss anything and that means you either go to bed later than you should be or you keep crashing on your couch. In either case, sleep has been replaced by everything else.

            18. Your Netflix list is more important than your grocery list

            You need to have a line up of popular, awesome shows lined up on your Netflix for when guests come over. Those B-rate movies you watch in the middle of the night alone? They’re not there. You have a curated collection of classics that anyone would love. It’s your pride and joy like people used to do with their DVD collection.

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            19. You must leave product reviews on everything you buy online

            You had an experience shopping online. It may have been good or bad but in either case you have to tell people about it. You may not be good at it but you do it anyway and you feel good that it’s out there for people to read. You may have made a difference somewhere.

            20. People need to pay more attention to you

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              Your updates, your uploads, your hashtags, your lack of sleep, your cat, and that phone charger you carry on your person. It’s all for one purpose. So you can be online and so that people know that you’re online. That’s the most important thing of anything on this list. You need to be online and you need people to know that you’re there.

              This would be the point where we point out that the things that people deem important is absurd. However, I can’t actually say that because I am the exact same way. Possibly even more so since I’m a blogger. Sometimes it’s just interesting to see the way things have changed and where our priorities are now.

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              Last Updated on March 13, 2019

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

              1. Work on the small tasks.

              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

              2. Take a break from your work desk.

              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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              3. Upgrade yourself

              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

              4. Talk to a friend.

              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

              7. Read a book (or blog).

              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

              8. Have a quick nap.

              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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              9. Remember why you are doing this.

              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

              10. Find some competition.

              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

              11. Go exercise.

              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

              12. Take a good break.

              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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