I’d pay a fat load of money to buy an Anywhere Door. Think of all the money I’d save on local and international travel! Not to mention avoiding those hassling security checks. I’d be able to check off a lot of things from my bucket list, I’ll tell you that.
Now rather than writing an essay on why I’d like an Anywhere Door, I’d rather show you how I’d use it! Simple but effective.
When I get up early in the morning, I could go grab a coffee and bagel from Tim Hortons. (And take home some donuts and timbits too.)
Stay for the weekend at the lovely Aescher hotel high up on the Appenzellerland mountains in Switzerland. Although amenities are basic, they’ve got hearty food and some exhilarating adventures!
Go for dinner at Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, nestled in the caves of Polignano a Mare beach, Italy.
Take a walk around Hallstat, a medieval village in Austria. Maybe make a few snow angels and have a snowball fight. Going to this little village is like taking a trip to the past so in a way, the Anywhere Door could also be an Anytime Door!
An old mill in Dordogne, France was transformed into an amazingly quaint hotel on the banks of a peaceful river. The hotel Moulin de Roc looks absolutely perfect for an afternoon lunch especially with its Michelin star restaurant (with all the money I save on travelling I could afford to eat somewhere like that)!
Just think of all the wonderful places there are in the world and the fact that an Anywhere Door could take you there. How I wish they were real 🙂
Even though I’m more of a winter person, summer is amazing too. It’s that time of year when exams are finally done with and you’ve got a whole two months of freedom to look forward to…although I tend to get bored on my staycations. I’m not a big fan of travelling but occasionally yes it’s fun to take a trip, provided it’s with the right people. And whenever I think of summer, this song pops into my head (and no, it’s not Summer by Calvin Harris):
If you were given the option to read a comic book or read a book on economic stability I’m betting you’d rather read the comic book. Of course, it’s only natural. Most of us choose fiction for past time reading, often avoiding the non-fiction section unless it were for a report or essay due in college.
Yet some authors take real life phenomenon and spin them in a fantastic way, making for an interesting read. Just take a look at Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall. Their work shows us how in depth research can be turned into a page turner, something not easily accomplished…
We all know how popular and addictive Snapchat can be. For those of you who don’t use it (much like myself), Snapchat is a photo messaging app wherein users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to certain people. You can set a time limit for how long the recipient can see the photo ranging from 1-10 seconds.
Everyone loves its sense of privacy and the fact that all the pictures shared on the app are deleted after a maximum of ten seconds. If you want to save a picture then you’ll have to take a screenshot of it and even then, the sender receives a notification about it.
Yet, Snapchat isn’t all that it cracks up to be. In fact it may be a tool of social deterioration and here’s why:
1. It was originally designed as a safe sexting app.
When the designers are university students what can you really expect? This is an email bounced around among the developers concerning their first press release:
It was always obvious that this was one way to use the app effectively. With a great deal of teenage girls and boys using Snapchat, do you still think that it’s being used innocently? Even those who don’t intend to use the app in such a way can be sidetracked into it because it’s just that easy. After all, innocence can be corrupted and this is an accelerating tool in the process.
2. Your photos don’t get permanently deleted, that’s a lie.
The entire premise of Snapchat is indeed a lie. The whole point of the app was that your photos get deleted but that isn’t true since anything you upload about yourself is bound to be stored somewhere on the internet. In fact, Snapchat makes money off selling your personal details to marketing companies. So that’s why it’s free…
There are many ways to keep images that so call ‘disappear’ from the app, just take a look at an FTC complaint against the app:
In fact, an app called SnapCapture can save your snaps without sending out any notifications. So clearly the loopholes have been found and worked around.
3. Users indulge in self promotion to gain popularity which can be toxic.
A Psychology Today article pointed out that most of us still behave as if we were in high school, pining for likes and friends, when using Facebook. While it is the case with every form of social media, Snapchat users self promote through photos and most of them are selfies. While taking the occasional selfie is perfectly fine, it can turn into an unhealthy addictive habit. On the other hand, Instagram, owned by Facebook, is much better for sharing photos as it has superior privacy settings.
4. Its security is lax and can be hacked by a third party.
A friend of mine, who also happens to be a hacker, recently told me that Snapchat and Whatsapp have the lowest online security and could be easily hacked by someone who chooses to do so. There’s also an app called Snapchat Hack designed for this purpose. Private photos are at risk of being leaked thus exposing users to humiliation on the world wide web.
5. It isn’t the most useful mode of communication and can be a waste of time.
With even less characters than Twitter, it seems pointless to even have captions for the photos. When people use Snapchat it’s more likley that they engage in pointless conversations hence proving that it isn’t useful for actual communication. It can be a colossal waste of time as well.
I advise you to think twice before using this app. Even though you may love it, let’s face it, there’s going to be so many more apps developed in the near future. It’s not the end of the world.