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Each To One's Own

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Now, most people are outgoing in one way or another, whether you love sports, music festivals, being in the outdoors, book clubs, or even something as simple (or not as simple) as going to the gym. However, for many of us there is that moment where technology is just too enticing to our curiosity. Whether it happens while looking up that movie your friend told you about, trying to figure out whether that store is open, or buying a new pair of shoes, there are numerous ways to get hooked.

Some people love to binge-watch TV shows. Others spend their free hours playing video games, online shopping, scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, adding a new update to their Snapchat story, or delving into the darkness that is Reddit. Although I have done all of these things on occasion, I can provide reasons as to why I am not one of THESE people. Why I am better. Why I have some control of my internet usage, and am not hopelessly addicted to the World Wide Web.

I post less on Facebook and Instagram than many of my friends, limit my interactions on Snapchat, rarely browse Reddit, and always find a reason so that I don't have enough time to play a game of 'League of Legends' or watch an episode of 'White Collar'. So what do I do? I go to a place where I deem my adventuring on the internet will be the shortest and the least-noticed; I go on Youtube. Yes. I am one of THOSE people. People who spend way too much time watching Vine compiliations, TV show clips, tennis videos, and even gaming walkthroughs. Yes, I have probably seen that old Jenna Marbles video, and yes I probably have seen that Bad Lip Reading that came out three months ago (the same one that you get all excited about because you found it yesterday).

While I am ashamed by how much Youtube I have watched over the years, I am also in some ways secretly proud of this, thinking that I have somehow gained something by witnessing a great deal of diversity with regards to the internet.

As I went to lunch with my friend the other day, who told me how embarrassed she was that she had spent the entire morning watching 'Parks & Rec' instead of helping out in her Bio lab, I felt relieved that I wasn't the only one who had rather unhealthy habits. Naturally, by the end of my freshman year, I felt that I could manage the problem if only I didn't have so much free time. I applied for positions on student committees, thinking that this would be an easier way to solve this problem. But even as I move closer to what I hope will be a fantastic year, I still have my doubts about whether I can stop my addiction, or more likely, to cure the more dangerous symptoms.

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