Thought Catalog

The Digital Age

You know the running joke, “Oh there’s an app for that!”? Well, it’s not so much of a joke anymore with the release of a new mobile app called, “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” in which believers can be given a step-by-step guide to admitting their sins and be able to confess on the go. Like, while on their way to the drug dealer or to kick it with a prostitute!

Twitter is a social networking tool that attracts a diverse array of users. Everyone from comedian Sarah Silverman to Betty Sue from Cupcake, Illinois uses the website to share their daily thoughts, which can range from intelligent quips to TMI boredom. Let’s find out what camp you fall under.

This is also why ‘mobile social games’ and things like that don’t work. Things like FourSquare that are designed to make people ‘be more social’ are inefficient – you could ‘check in’ someplace and then check your Twitter to see who else has checked in there and wait for your friends to reply via social networking. Or you could just, like. Text them.

The unreliability of our connections turns private chat into a revolving door. “BRB, dad needs phone.” “Sorry, modem froze.” We hate 56K but we don’t know of anything better. To forget the screech of the modem struggling to reconnect, we play the soundtrack of America Online once we’ve safely returned to chat.

For many writers, using the website is about narcissism, but it can also be about participating in a daily creative exercise. Composing something interesting and/or funny in 140 characters or less is often more difficult than we’d like to admit and it forces you to cut the fat and focus on sentence structure and necessary language.

Today I learned about ClickClickClick.com. As Ross Luippold writes in his article “7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Your Time On Right Now”: “The premise of this one is simple. You click on behalf of your country, and those clicks are translated to points.” Just six hours ago the US ranked #8 with 337,471 points. Since then our country has received 1,261,433 clicks. The US now ranks #3.

A comprehensive, collectively-written list of the different types of people there are on the internet, written by Bebe Zeva, Leigh Alexander, Lesley Arfin, Ryan O’Connell, Kelley Hoffman, Tao Lin, Megan Boyle, Blake Butler, Gene Morgan, Brandon Scott Gorrell, Molly Young, Jimmy Chen, Joshua Lyon, Alex Blagg and more.

Being considerate can be a powerful tool in your daily and long-term struggle to not become an angry, jealous, out-of-control, earnestly depressed person who feels frustrated and cheated all the time.