Because our devices are hard to quit and color is a big part of that

Silver laptop with rainbow screen

It’s no secret. We’re on our devices constantly. The average American spends over 10 hours a day interacting with a device.¹ In other words, assuming you’re near the average, you spend nearly half of your life on a screen. Oof!

And it’s not poised to get any better soon unless you make a conscious effort to resist. As our devices grow easier to use and more visually stunning, they grow more addictive. …


“Knowledge Acquisition Syndrome” & Inaction

Or any of your dozen other Medium tabs or the ever-expanding reading list full of bios on tech giants or a YouTube history scattered with 5-minute inspirational videos of someone yelling you into action.

Please don’t read this — because your time is valuable, and you won’t get much from spending it here. If you want to be more creative, simply choose more creative projects and work on them.

In the world of photography, there’s Gear Acquisition Syndrome or the belief that the right piece of equipment would allow you to make images that you’re…


Sean Kingston’s “Fire Burning” blares through the radio as our Honda Pilot traces its way up US-29 North towards New York City. In the backseat, the music is accompanied by the staccato clacks of laptop keys from Mohammad Malik and Kajol. Kajol is dutifully working on the education sector’s final company presentation while Mohammed reviews investment briefs. Work is a gas that will fill whatever space you let it. People here live and breathe impact investing. That two word topic is the focus of this weekend’s trip. Before we go any further, let’s break down what that means.

Impact investing…


Everyone is familiar with the mid-life crisis. Depending on who you ask, its either a transition into old age or a short term depression that occurs around the middle of someone’s life.

You may also be familiar with the quarter-life crisis. The quarter life crisis is similar but it takes place typically in someone’s mid 20s after college when they feel thrust into the “real world” and are unsure where to begin.

I’m not sure if much is ever talked about the fifth-life crisis. The fifth-life crisis, although rarer than the other criseses, is just as serious. The fifth-life crisis…


Bodies swaying in a rhythmic dance
listening to metallic shrieks
as wheels protest their perpetual motion.
matted hair with an acid rain drizzle
shrouds a face devoid of expression.

Did i miss the warning sign -
“smiling prohibited”
as i rushed from the world above
into this grotto filled with rolling metal slugs
and those rotting inside.


Wherever I go, I’m always there. When I’m in Tokyo shut away in my dorm room, I’m still just sitting in a room. As many traveling salesman and consultants can attest, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, sitting in a room is always as interesting as just sitting in a room. If I had to condense what I’ve learned living here into one thing, this would be it — I’m always going to be wherever I go and my life is only as interesting as what I do with it, not where my body happens to travel.


Everyone is familiar with the mid-life crisis. Depending on who you ask, its either a transition into old age or a short-term depression that occurs around the middle of someone’s life.

You may also be familiar with the quarter-life crisis. The quarter life crisis is similar but it takes place typically in someone’s mid 20s after college when they feel thrust into the “real world” and are unsure where to begin.

I’m not sure if much is ever talked about the fifth-life crisis. The fifth-life crisis, although rarer than the other crises, is just as serious. The fifth-life crisis takes…


Why that new camera isn’t the solution

Like many photographers in the world, I suffer from very bad G.A.S. If you’re not a photographer, G.A.S. stands for Gear Acquisition Syndrome; the belief that you’re photography will never improve until you acquire a new piece of gear. Photography, at its heart, is nothing more than a camera, lens, and light. Zack Arias, one of my favorite photographers and, recently produced a video, Signal and Noise, that explores this concept further. This is true, all you need to take photos is a camera, lens, and light, but in order to produce photography then you need to have a creative…

Chandler Collins

Student and creator at the University of Virginia exploring the intersection of entrepreneurship, media, technology ethics, and me. http://chandlercollins.com

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