Every website you visit. Every channel you flip through. They all have one thing in common. They all have ads. Yes they might not seem annoying depending on the website, but the ads are there to make you buy stuff! Even if we don’t know it, the ads are subconsciously making us want to buy things that we don’t really need.
As days go forward AI is learning what you look for, then displaying the most relevant ads. This hurts our wallets cause its tracks your every move and puts more pressure on you to buy these items! Since companies are always putting this idea that we need more stuff to be happy we find it even more compelling to buy these items!
The most terrible part of companies advertising is that they try to advertise to kids in a major way. With tablets they force ads on top of the kids and with kids this makes them want the item. From there the kid will bring it to their parents and hopefully from there the kid will pressure their parents into buying the product. This also affects kids minds as they feel like they need more and more items.
For adults this really affects the way we think. We are going to a very item heavy society. We always feel like we need more, or a new item will make us happy. Ads are only reinforcing this by putting sales on the items or making a “limited” item. We are people don’t want to miss out on a “deal” or a “limited time offer”. As well we don’t want to be the only person that doesn’t have the item. I know this is not for all of us, but ads affect the way we think heavily.
Note: i will be doing a following article on advertisements going over some studies that have been conducted on advertisements and their effectiveness.
Hobbies are the things that keep us human allow us to keep learning when feeling stagnant. How do we obtain a hobby and what does it do for us?
Finally getting that day off you have been dreaming of. You kick up your feet and binge watch the final season of that show you never got to finish. After taking a long needed nap you wake up and find yourself bored, you don’t know what to do with yourself. You start to eat and watch tv to fulfill your time, but you find it to still be boring and unproductive. You get to the gym to kill more time only to get home and realize its only a little past noon. You can just seem to make the day feel useful or productive. This is a very profound problem that many people specifically young adults and teens have today as they flip through the endless stream of updates on their phone.
Yes, finding a hobby can be difficult, but the journey of finding that thing you love to do can be the most interesting story you have to tell. Hobbies are one of single most important things to find as it keeps your life feeling fulfilled and allow us to keep on learning if our careers seem to be stagnant. A hobby is defined as an activity done on one’s leisure time, so trying to learn something for work or getting ahead on a project won’t count. To find a true hobby its something you do outside of work and is something you find enjoyment out of doing, not like a chore. For me, a hobby is programming, even though its something I will continue to do in my future job, hopefully, I am able to work on independent projects that don’t correlate to any work I am required to do.
How To Find A Hobby
This is the hardest step in to finding a more meaningful and productive life. Finding the hobby that you always wanted is like trying to apply to very different jobs and see which jobs accept you. You have to try new things every day and see how they feel. If something seems boring just stop right there and move on. If you find enjoyment in a general topic try narrowing it down into different fields until you find the right one for you. A hobby can be as something as simple as reading!
I urge you to not follow the pack as I did to just to stand out or fit in. In the beginning, I tried to do all the typical hobbies a person would expect only to find boredom out of it. Now feeling determined I have found a love for programming and circuits. I no longer feel the need to tell my friends or family about the latest book I am reading to show them that I read on a daily basis, or to show them the latest project I have completed to undermine them.
Stick To It!
One of the things I found time and time again when I was first trying to stick to a hobby is that I felt like was never getting anywhere. I would struggle with the simplest of applications. After figuring out that this was because I never really stuck to it I was determined to keep it in my schedule.
Make sure that when you start your hobby, that thing you love to do, you stick to it. Even if it is reading an article about it on the train on the way to work or possibly a video that will keep the hobby appealing and fresh in your mind. Learning about new techniques or cool projects can also keep your excitement to continue when you get home!
If you exhausted all resources on a hobby, which is highly unlikely, I encourage you to move on and keep learning. There is an unimaginable amount of resources and topics to learn about that are so interesting and learning is what keeps us at our best! Learning is one of the things that allows us to get up in the morning and know we are going to perform to the best of our ability. Learning is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling things in the universe. No I don’t always mean learning to become a scholar it can even be about working out or determining the most efficient way to complete projects! Keep learning and keep growing!