How the current focus on recycling is bad for the environment

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Humans consume a lot. And in doing so, we inadvertently create lots of waste as well. In fact, we produce so much waste that we can find them everywhere. A study done by researchers from the University of Hull and Brunel University found that for every 100g of British mussels eaten, an estimated 70 tiny pieces of debris (like microplastics) is being consumed as well.

Furthermore, the prevalence of waste even affects areas that are far away from human settlements. Henderson Island, an uninhabited coral atoll, has the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8%…


The science behind our inability to stop shopping consumerism.

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Nowadays, with so many new things entering the market, the consuming never seems to end. From getting the latest tech devices to using retail as a way to destress (also known as ‘retail therapy’), shopping and buying is something that has become deeply embedded into our society.

And it’s not like we aren’t aware of the evils of consumerism. Many of us can agree that Nestle is a company that causes numerous issues in developing countries. Amazon is known to be a company that actively prevents unions from forming, and the factories that make those coveted Apple smartphones have been


Here’s why minimalism is the way to go

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Nowadays, becoming invested in helping the environment feels like a chore to many. From giving up your car, cutting out air travel, going vegetarian (or even vegan), and even having to fork out extra money to buy necessities that are “greener”, many might believe that caring for the environment requires huge sacrifices.

Of course, while some sacrifices might be more palatable (like taking a slightly shorter shower or avoiding the use of air-conditioners), many other sacrifices make life much tougher (like giving up the use of a private car in a remote suburban location). …


Even if you get nearly no views at all

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Blogging can be depressing at times. Whether it is on Medium or through other blogging platforms, opening up the “stats” page and seeing low numbers feels extremely discouraging.

And I should know how it feels to get nearly no views. After all, I started my first month on Medium writing posts that garnered single digit views, earning a grand total of 1 cent through the Partner Program at the end of the month. Furthermore, I am no Tim Denning. I still regularly post stories that barely get any traction.

Truthfully, I have thought about quitting. I’ve experienced bad writer burnout…


Be a better version of who you are

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If you’ve read anything from the self-help or self-improvement genre, the call to “be yourself” would definitely have appeared in front of you at least once before. Even here on Medium, we are constantly encouraged to “stay faithful” to our true selves and “express ourselves” however we want to. And honestly, I love this call to embrace our true selves. Nothing is more helpful for our mental health and confidence.

Yet, despite all the calls to “be yourself”, living in the real world often makes me question if I should really be expressing myself however I want. When I’m too…


Leave the hustle culture behind, we’re trying to enjoy ourselves here

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As a full-time university student and freelance writer, my schedule is already filled with work. From school assignments to commissioned pieces during my holidays, a big part of my life is already defined by the work that I have to complete.

At the same time, I’ve always found time to work on hobbies that I love. From reading to video gaming, hobbies were a way for me to destress and enjoy myself.

Yet, every time I begin to browse through social media, I begin to feel inadequate. From hashtags like #thegrindneverstops and #sleepisfortheweak to Instagram stories showcasing a recent success…


The only new year resolution that should matter.

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As a whole, we are all working too much. In the United States, the average hour worked per workday by full-time workers is 8.5 hours (and 5.4 hours on weekends).

Yet, despite the long hours spent at work, the amount of time spent at work by US workers isn’t even comparable to many other countries. In 2017, the average annual working hours in the US was 1,757 hours. In comparison, South Korean workers worked 2,063 hours, Singaporean workers worked 2,238 hours, and Cambodian workers worked 2,456 hours. And it’s not just the Asian countries. …


How notifications are ruining your workflow

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Technology at workplaces is a mixed bag. On one hand, technology has revolutionized the way we work. Freelancers can collaborate easily with companies that are located far away. Video conferencing allows meetings to happen even when the attendees are miles apart. Documents that used to take days to mail and receive can be sent out to the intended recipients in a matter of seconds. And most importantly, productivity is up. 75% of workers have reported that handheld devices increase productivity at work.

On the other hand, there appears to be a very strong case against (unnecessary) technology at work. In…


The science behind these unscientific beliefs

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Conspiracy theories occupy a weird territory in today’s world. For most of us, these theories are nothing but a bunch of made-up nonsense that originated from the musty basement of someone’s home. From theories about the hidden aliens over at Area 51 to the theories that the Illuminati is secretly running the world from behind the scenes, it seems almost comical that individuals would believe in these ideas, much less act upon them.

Yet, for many others, these ‘conspiracy’ theories are treated as legitimate non-mainstream explanations that help shape their world view. …

Jerren Gan

| Freelance writer • Blogger • Poet | Loves writing about the environment, mental health and the beauty of language • used to write movie and book reviews

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