Is Reddit A Net Positive In Your Life?

Do memes bring joy? And other philosophical questions.

Learning

Let me take this opportunity to coin the phrase “Reddits Razor”: Any subject you have an interest in has a Subreddit you can learn about in. Reddit acts as a great launching pad for any new obsession I come across. When I first decided to start learning German the /r/LanguageLearning and /r/German Subreddits were invaluable for finding German textbook resources and sorting through the plethora of apps and podcasts available on the subject. You are instantly surrounded by a group of like minded people who are experienced and willing to share their knowledge.

Perspective and Empathy

Subreddits such as /r/IAmA (read as “I am a…”) give great insight into the lives of people you otherwise wouldn’t interact with. Reading the thoughts and experiences of passionate people can open your world to concepts and ideas you would have never considered otherwise – or, you can kill some time learning about the world of elevator repairs.

Advice to live by, courtesy of Gordon Ramsay

Time Well(?) Spent

Reddit has absolutely made me better at Jeopardy. The random facts of /r/TodayILearned (“TIL”) touch on any and every subject imaginable. It would be a struggle for me to argue that this knowledge has ever resulted in a positive external impact on my life. Sure, there have been instances where I’ve been able to make small talk based on something I read on Reddit, but are those fleeting moments really worth the hours I spent scrolling through useless memes?

How would my life be different had I not known this?

Conclusion

We all have out vices. There are worse things that a person could be addicted to than memes and cat pictures. However, some self control may be a good idea. If you’re like me and find yourself saying “I can’t remember what I did on the internet before Reddit!”, maybe it’s time to crack open that book you’ve been wanting to read far away from any phone or computer.

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