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The Top 1 Reason Why All Articles Have Been Reduced to Lists

1. Generation-Y is lazy.

Yeah, I said it. Not only are we lazy, we have the attention span of goldfish…. Writing has been reduced to lists because we cannot focus long enough to read more than a sentence at a time without receiving a 3 word text message or getting a Facebook notification consisting of incomplete and grammatically incorrect sentences.

We have been brought up to seek instant gratification, and in a world that moves so quickly, we couldn’t POSSIBLY be expected to read an article with more than 3 sentences per paragraph even though we’re glued to our smart phones 28 hours a day.

We want to read an article in less than 5 minutes (and let’s face it, even that is a stretch considering the majority of Gen-Y prefers not to read at all). We want to know what to expect, therefor, articles have been reduced to a quick list of the top reasons for *insert subject of lame article here*.

In this day and age, writing consists no longer of compelling arguments, flowery word choice, and anything with a legitimate point or purpose, a writer, like myself, has no reason to have talent anymore; it’s about what causes the most BUZZ.

There is no story here. No way to create an emotional reaction. No beginning, middle or end. No reason to further education or expand your creative muscles because at the end of the day, writing for an organization who exclusively publishes lists in place of legitimate articles, does not require talent. They require 10 fingers, fast typing and half a brain.

I was guilty of it too, both writing and reading said lists to conform to yet another one of society’s recent slumps. But I am taking a stand against lists.

Why? Because I refuse for my talent to be reduced to a list. I refuse to succumb to the “time-saving” of said lists, because in reality, it isn’t saving time. It’s wasting time. Why read some bullshit article about the top 10 most shocking Miley Cyrus moments when there are things happening every day that amount to more?

We need to be better. We have been watered down, washed up and reduced to seeking the most attention, with the smallest amount of effort, using the most despicable means.

This doesn’t have to be the future… We still have time to change.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
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About Keven

My name is Keven. Yes, Keven. Like the boy's name... For those that know me, you know I'm opinionated, outspoken, and one of a kind. I'm here to share my opinions, the lessons I've learned and things that are on my mind. This is an unflitered account of what I'm up to. I'm not here to hurt anyone's feelings, or gain anyone's approval. I'm here to write. If you don't like it, leave. If you do, click subscribe and stay awhile.

Nervous Tension: Dealing with Anxiety

I’m anxious writing this… Took me over an hour to figure how to begin this post all because I deal with anxiety.

I’ve struggled with anxiety ever since I was a tiny little human. I used to have a street that I called the “nervous street” that was the home stretch to my elementary school. I’d feel my body tense, and my heart rate increase. Some days, I’d even try to convince my mom that I was sick, so I didn’t have to face a school where I felt I didn’t fit in and had very few friends because I was so shy.

My anxiety peaked when I turned 19. My world had already shifted slightly through high school as I was dealing with teen angst, high pressure in my classes, and my dad losing a business due to the recession. But when I turned 19, my whole world was turned upside down, and being a victim of frequent panic attacks, I’m not very susceptible to change.

I turned 19, and decided I couldn’t handle the pressure of moving out of my parents’ house, and in with my serious boyfriend of roughly 4 years. I broke up with him, because I was unsure of what I wanted. I quit my job, dropped out of college, and started making poor decisions.

I was put on anti-depressants, which was frequently thrown back in my face by my so-called friends. I felt like I had lost my mind, and it didn’t help that I had people calling me crazy. It also didn’t help that I was mixing my medication with various substances, including a high volume of alcohol. The two together is a toxic combination.

After a few very rocky years, I’ve been able to separate myself from the people bringing me down; I ended dysfunctional relationships, I put distance between the people who weren’t true friends and myself. I stopped drinking so much, and was able to come off my medication. I pushed myself to get a full time job at an incredible company, with so much opportunity for growth. I’ve mended my relationship with my parents and my sister. I started believing in myself again.

It’s been a long road, and in no way has it been easy. It’s still extremely difficult to get through some days. And I still have a long way to go.

So why am I sharing this? I’ve had some low days lately. I know that we all go through hard times. I wanted to share this with all of you, so that you know that you’re not alone in this. It always makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one, that I’m not insane. I might deal with a more extreme case of anxiety than some, or maybe slightly less than others. But we’ve all dealt with that moment when we don’t know if we can keep pushing through.

I’ve found so many things that help alleviate some of my daily angst. Here are some of my coping methods:

1. Planning.

I make lists. All the damn time. It helps me to see the things I need to accomplish, and writing them out helps the tension. And the sense of peace I feel when I cross something off that list is something that can’t be beat.

2. Writing.

Doing something that I’m good at ALWAYS helps. Writing sometimes makes me anxious, but in a good way. Creating something takes my mind out of the constant spin, and helps me to focus on something positive. This is different for everyone, but as long as you’re doing something you’re passionate about will create the same outcome.

3. Yoga/meditation.

I’m not going to pretend that I am religious about yoga, but I’ve done it quite a few times, and it’s always proven to help stop the spinning. I meditate whenever I can’t stop thinking. Before bed usually. It eases my mind, and doesn’t make the thoughts go away, but it helps me confront them head on.

4. Positive thinking.

I will preach this to NO end. Positive thoughts attract positive occurrences. It’s impossible to ALWAYS think positive, but being aware of negative thoughts can help begin your change in thought. Removing the toxic negative energy will help to feel more at ease.

 5. Being productive.

I’ve had so many weekends where I’m too down to get up. But by staying on the couch for two straight days, I’ve found it only makes it worse. It’s hard to push yourself to get up, get out and do something you enjoy, but being productive takes the focus off what you’re spinning about, and on furthering yourself.

 

 

One of the biggest things I’ve learned in dealing with anxiety is that you’re a product of your environment. Surround yourself with good friends, good music, good food. Do the things that make you tick, remember to breathe. Think positive, and if you EVER feel alone, reach out to a good friend and don’t be afraid to let it all out. Remember: we’re all a little crazy.

About Keven

My name is Keven. Yes, Keven. Like the boy's name... For those that know me, you know I'm opinionated, outspoken, and one of a kind. I'm here to share my opinions, the lessons I've learned and things that are on my mind. This is an unflitered account of what I'm up to. I'm not here to hurt anyone's feelings, or gain anyone's approval. I'm here to write. If you don't like it, leave. If you do, click subscribe and stay awhile.