My Other Online Addiction: Coupons & Freebies

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Coupons & Freebies

I absolutely love receiving coupons and free samples in the mail and would consider that to be my second online addiction (only behind entering online contests. See previous post My Online Addiction: Contests). I sign up for a lot of daily emails that notify of new coupons & freebies. I also follow the deal-finder accounts on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates. There is nothing more fun than visiting the grocery store with a whole bunch of coupons and saving money on things that I would be purchasing anyways. And nothing is better than redeeming a high-value or free product coupon! Read More

Online Charitable Activities: Real Change or Slactivism?

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Before writing this post, I had to become more familiar with the what the term “slactivism/slacktivism” means or refers to. Performing a Google search for the term “slacktivism” brought up a clear and easy to understand definition of the term:

slack·tiv·ism ˈslaktəˌvizəm/ 
Noun informal 
Noun: slacktivism; noun: slactivism
actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause
but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an
online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website. 
“such e-mail alerts make slacktivism easy"

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My Online Addiction: Contests

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Online Contests

Exactly! Who doesn’t love free stuff? In the past couple of years, I have become an avid “contester” (not a technical term). This has all been made possible through fast internet, constant connectivity and “contesting” motivation. Paper ballots for contest entry are becoming obsolete and auto-fill on  mobile-friendly sites make for an easy contest-entry experience. Read More

Social Media Sabbatical

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I decided to attempt 48-hour social media sabbatical and then report back my experiences following this sabbatical (or attempt). I read about some other people’s experiences with unplugging (see the References links below) and had confidence in my ability to abstain for 2 days. Taking a 48-hour break from social media may sound like a simple task to some, but I quickly found out that it was an extremely difficult one for me. I chose to attempt this feat over a weekend during a trip to visit family, so figured that I would be able to refrain from social media access for a full 48 hours, but ended up failing quite miserably. Read More