Banning Guns In the US Won’t Fix Anything

Banning Guns In the US Won’t Fix Anything

As someone who’s interested in solid statistical research and clear critical thinking, I’ve found gun rights to be one of the most difficult political issues I’ve ever thought through. I have a hard time forming an opinion on the subject because it is viciously hard to find useful data. Everything on this subject is presented in a clearly slanted way, such that it takes a keen eye and quite a bit of research to tease

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Why Hard Work Isn’t a Good Thing

Why Hard Work Isn’t a Good Thing

The modern world places a huge emphasis on working hard. People who are considered hard workers are a clear cut above everyone else. People who don’t work hard, well… they kinda deserve what they get. You probably share this attitude, even if you wouldn’t put it in such crass language. You enforce the idea that hard work is a moral good for yourself every day. If you’re a shift manager looking to hire a new

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Why I’m Giving Up on Anti-Consumerism

or the last few years, I’ve been avidly anti-consumerist. All my clothes have been purchased from thrift shops or low-cost secondhand stores — if, indeed, they were purchased at all, not foraged from the donation bag of similarly sized friends. I acquire my hard-surfaced furniture from Craigslist curb alert ads and Nextdoor listings (and have helped many friends do this as well). Where I once bought ten thousand dollars worth of top-tier Apple products, I now only own a base

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2 Entertaining and Educational iOS Apps You’ll Love

2 Entertaining and Educational iOS Apps You’ll Love

It’s been years since society started waking up to how dangerous screen time can be — yet you’re probably more addicted to your phone than ever. In 2022, the average American spends 5 and a half hours on their phone every day. That’s especially bad when you consider the majority of that time is spent on social media. I would include a bunch of links to studies about why social media is bad, but I should

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Why I’m Not a Full-Time Medium Writer Anymore

Why I’m Not a Full-Time Medium Writer Anymore

As some of you have surely noticed by now, I have been quiet on Medium for the last few months. For nearly five years, I have been posting 15–20 articles a month. But in March this year, I only posted 2. In April, only 3. And this article is my first (and probably my last) for May. I want to explain why. In the fall of last year, I started experimenting with banning myself from checking

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I’ve Changed My Name to Sam Holstein

I’ve Changed My Name to Sam Holstein

This is a brief announcement that I’ve changed my name from Megan Holstein to Sam Holstein. If you see articles by “Sam Holstein” crossing your dashboard, they are by me (not my husband, assistant, or brother, as some people have assumed ?). Changing your name is already complicated, and changing your name as an established content creator is even more complicated. For the next year or two, you’ll probably see both “Sam Holstein” and “Megan

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