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Addicted to Buzzfeed quizzes? Same.

facesI heard the door close for the third time, signaling that all my roommates had left. I grabbed a banana from the pantry for breakfast and went back to my room. I had half an hour to kill before I had to leave for class, so I sat on my bed and played with my Google Home.

“Hey Google, tell me a joke.”

“Okay Google, what’s the weather like today?”

“Hey Google, what’s the latest news?” *cue programmed podcast.

“Hey Google, what planet would I be?”

That’s a real question I can ask my Google Home, and it will cue a personality quiz. Apparently I’m Pluto—that’s not even a planet. So, I took the quiz again.

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Podcasts: How to engage by listening

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My walk to class is 20 minutes. That’s 20 more minutes I could have slept, exercised, stood in the coffee line, read another chapter in my book. Needless to say, 20 minutes is a long time, and in a 20-minute walk, I get bored.

I started wearing headphones on the way to class like many of my peers, but after a while, I still got bored. I listened to the same songs on the same walk over and over again.