Why Odyssey Is Trending Among Millennials

Why Odyssey Is Trending Among Millennials

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Social media is huge deal among millennials. Whether we like to admit it or not, we spend a lot of time on our phones, and to some the phones is basically an extension of their bodies. Actually, the average person spends about 90 minutes a day (23 days of the year) on their phones. Most of this time is actually spent on social media: scrolling through Twitter, liking pictures on Instagram, and/or reading articles on Facebook. What a time to be alive!

But besides the fact that millennials spend a lot of time on their phones and social media in general, Odyssey has clearly captivated the attention of thousands of millennials across the United States and the world. In doing so, it has become one of the fastest-growing social media companies in the United States. Here are a few reasons why:

1. It's what we liked about Buzzfeed, but without the ads everywhere.

There is nothing wrong with Buzzfeed, but you know it's true. While Buzzfeed has supplied us with pretty interesting and entertaining articles in the past, there are more ads and links on the page than I would normally like to see at once. In contrast, Odyssey just has a few well-placed ads in the articles (versus all over the screen on similar sites).

2. It's written by millennials, for millennials!

Who better to relate to on things like the first week of college, the struggle of test week, or even how tiresome college can be than someone who is going through the same things you are? Writers at the Odyssey are like you, they understand your struggles and fandoms, and are overall quite creative with the contents and themes of their articles.

3. Odyssey has it's eye on the prize and it keeps getting better.

In just the few years it has been around, Odyssey has become very popular and is quickly become a common name on social media. With over 8,000 writers, 600 communities, and 30 million monthly uniques, Odyssey is growing like crazy.

4. There is something for everyone!

From articles about superhero movies, being Latino, being in a high school marching band, and so on, you will definitely find and article on a topic that you can relate to and that interests you greatly. Trust me, there is an Odyssey article about a topic you like written by someone just like you.

All in all, Odyssey is a fantastic new social media platform and I highly encourage all of you to continue engaging with the articles on the site, to stay tuned for new articles coming, to support your friends who are writing for Odyssey, and to share away!

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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Short Stories On Odyssey: Roses

What's worth more than red roses?


Five years old and a bouquet of roses rested in her hands. The audience-- clapped away her performance, giving her a standing ovation. She's smiling then because everything made sense, her happiness as bright as the roses she held in her hands.

Fifteen now, and a pile of papers rested on her desk. The teachers all smiled when she walked down the aisle and gave them her presentation. She was content then but oh so stressed, but her parents happy she had an A as a grade, not red on her chest.

Eighteen now and a trail of tears followed her to the door. Partying, and doing some wild things, she just didn't know who she was. She's crying now, doesn't know anymore, slamming her fists into walls, pricking her fingers on roses' thorns.

Twenty-one and a bundle of bills were grasped in her hands. All the men-- clapped and roared as she sold her soul, to the pole, for a dance. She's frowning now because everything went wrong, but she has to stay strong, for rich green money, is worth more than red roses.

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