I've Stopped Reading And Odds Are You Have To Too

I've Stopped Reading And Odds Are You Have To Too

Most of the time, my brain is full of sludge

The face of literature has changed over the past ten years. According to Forbes, this generation reads more than any other generation ever has. Believe it or not, millennials ARE reading, they're just not reading the same stuff that past generations did. Teens and young adults read twitter feeds, emails, Instagram captions, Facebook posts, and text messages. We may be reading but we surely aren't growing.

If you ask most people my age whether or not they read, their answer is usually something along the lines of, "yeah, I read all day every day....on my phone". But the reading we're doing is keeping our brains in exactly the same place they were before. We're not learning about new places, or events of the past, or even learning new words. Most of the time, we're shortening and misspelling the words we already do know.

I spend a good amount of my time pretending that I love to read and that I read all of the time. In reality, I'm only reading when I absolutely have to and I find little to no joy in books. Coming from someone who grew up loving books, this realization has been a hard one to realize. My brain has stopped growing like it should and there's no doubt that it's because I've stopped finding joy in literature. Netflix and Hulu may provide entertainment but as far as our brains, not much along the lines of strenuous thought is happening.

Reading does to your mind exactly what exercising does to your body. It gets your brain thinking and your blood flowing. I've realized sitting in class over the past month or two that my ability to recall information is substantially less than before. I feel like most of the time, my brain is full of sludge. Looking back, of course, it feels that way. I haven't been working out my brain at all.

The trick to reading is to read what you love. If you're a fan of sports, read about sports. If you enjoy romance, read a top-selling romance novel. More often than not I find myself reading what others have liked rather than what I would like myself. Reading about what you're interested in makes it nearly impossible to put your book down. Reading about something you love is a great way to end a long week.

College students do not sleep enough, that is certainly not a secret. Doctors have proven over and over again that the blue light from screens messes with the sensors in our brain and therefore makes it hard to sleep. Picking up a book before bed prepares your brain for a good solid night of sleep.

When we were kids, getting to read a book was considered a reward for good behavior. We wanted nothing more than to buy a new book at Barnes and Noble or have mom and dad read to us before bed. It's about time that we stop looking at reading like a chore. The millennial and surrounding generations are consistently expressing the importance of working out their bodies, why would we not want to keep our minds healthy too? They certainly last longer. This summer, reward yourself. Pick up a book instead of your phone. Start a series on paper instead of on Netflix.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



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15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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