Editors are not the only people that can curate your feed.

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I usually proclaim to ditch social media altogether in order to escape the time consuming and destructive algorithms. And although social media can become a severe problem for some of its users, deleting all accounts can seem like overkill. Luckily, there is another option available for users: curation.

Usually, the algorithms of social networks are pursuing the goal of increasing the time spent on their platforms. They achieve this by promoting extreme conspiracy content, which is receiving up to four times more views, compared to posts from credible sources. …


Tech giants might have to demand membership fees soon, according to the European Commission.

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Would you pay to use a social media platform like Instagram? If you had asked me a few months ago, I would have responded by shaking my head slowly while giving you a questioning look. After all, social media has been free of charge since the beginning.

But is it really?

In this story, I want to dive deeper into how social networks generate their revenue and why this is crucial, not only for our everyday lives but also for humanity’s course as a whole.

The status quo

Today’s major networks are mostly monetizing in the same way across the board: advertisements.

Ads…


When you have to choose between playing games and being productive, why not choose both?

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Earlier in this pandemic, I wrote an article about how I plan on emotionally surviving further lockdowns. One element of this battleplan relied on playing online games with my friends regularly. What I neglected in the course of this was that I quickly tend to overspend time on video games, and am mentally preoccupied with it throughout the day.

Yet, playing games with my friends is crucial for my mental health. I thrive from spending time with people and create my energy through conversations and working together. Also, gaming offers a fantastic way to relax and set boundaries for the…


That’s cool. But don’t approach your life like this.

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With all its historical events, the last year has been intense for many people. For me, however, the lockdowns in Germany meant that I would be staying in the comfort of my home for a quite prolonged time. Without the need to drive to the university or my workplace, and no possibility to work out in the gym, I started to become complacent. As a result, bad habits crept back into my life, and the urge to achieve my goals rusted.

This year poses a crucial crossroads for my life. At the end of this year, I will sit my…


If you had to choose between being a fast-food chain and a real estate empire, you should choose both.

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Although the current pandemic and the following lockdowns hit the restaurant scene heavily, McDonald’s seems to handle the restrictions well. This is also represented in its shareholders' trust, as McDonald’s stock value almost reaches its pre-Covid heights again. The reason for McDonald's fighting chance against the lockdown restrictions is partly grounded in its strongly established takeaway and delivery model. A strong brand combined with the possibility for fast and uncomplicated takeaways and even deliveries is crucial at the moment.

But there…


Productivity shaming won’t improve your life during a pandemic.

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As this pandemic started and I began to work from home, I made many plans for the upcoming months. I wanted to study more, work harder, reorganize my room, and reach my fitness goals. After all, I had about two hours more time every day because of the missing commutes. It turned out I wasn’t as productive as I set out to be during this time. And I think this is alright. Here’s why.

Fulfilling basic needs is productive, too.

Being torn between the fear of the unknown and self-isolation is already mentally taxing enough. Crippled by this feeling, fulfilling basic needs like cooking, sleeping enough…


Your mindset pays the best dividend.

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If you ask anybody what they would teach their younger self about investing, the usual answer is to start earlier. It’s profound and true. One reason for this certainly is the beautiful effect of compound interest — the idea of reinvesting the interest and thereby reaching exponential growth over decades. But, investing also taught me some crucial life lessons, which are not directly connected to money. Still, the earlier someone learns these, the more beneficial their impact will be on one’s life.

1. Delayed gratification

“The ability to delay gratification has implications not only for a person’s…


Is your perspective still serving you?

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2020 taught us to let go of our normal state of living. A lot has changed, for the better and the worse. When confronted with change, we have the opportunity but also the responsibility to make decisions. While some of these decisions can focus on acquiring new skills and habits, you can also eliminate unnecessary things. I looked at my life and tried to find out what weighs me down more than it helps. And here is what I cut out in the process.

1. Fear of negative information

A common notion in self-improvement has always been to ditch the news since they are too…


Look for these five signs.

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Overtraining is a crucial concept in fitness, especially in the realm of weight lifting. However, the term is misleading. Instead of framing it as working out too much, it should rather be defined as not recovering properly. Whether quantitative or qualitative, poor recovery usually causes the symptoms that are described as overtraining.

However, when working out regularly, you want to know how to recognize the state of improper recovery and what you can do about it. Hence, in this article, I will cover the five most commonly seen signs of overtraining.

Reduced motivation

It’s completely normal to feel demotivated sometimes. There are…


Now is the perfect time to do so.

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Social media can be a handy tool to connect with people and build businesses. Furthermore, it provides us with social feedback, making us feel ecstatic and loved. But with too much magnificence usually comes a price. It’s a cost we don’t realize to be present until we see what we are missing out on. And once we recognize the lack, the price has already been paid.

On the surface, we are paying for using social media with our time and mental wellbeing. Looking at the issue in more detail, science is finding…

Julian Drach

German law student with many ideas. Some are better than others, but you get to read them all.

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