Day 9 - The Only Social Media That Actually Gives Back

I was asked the other day if I had to delete all social media except one, which one would I pick? Which one would you pick? I thought about it for a while and realized that for the majority of social media we just consume. Rarely do we take anything away from social media except updates on people’s lives, some nice photos, or entertainment. 

 

There is a social media that actually gives back, if you use it right, and that is Reddit. Below, I’m going to show you how to use Reddit and try to convince you that you’re missing out if you don’t.

 

Reddit

 

Reddit is the 4th most visited website on the internet which surprises me because I know just a handful of people in my life who use it. Reddit is a website made up of “subreddits” which is made up of forums usually containing text, videos, pictures, or gifs. These post can be upvoted or downvoted which helps in keeping clickbait and other useless stuff down.

Basically, there’s a subreddit for almost anything. Most TV shows you're watching have a subreddit and so do most hobbies. When you first go to Reddit on a desktop it looks like it’s stuck back in the 90s. That's why I think not many people use it because of the learning curve. The desktop version is a whole lot harder to understand than the app. So I’d suggest downloading the app first. 

 

After you create an account, what you’re probably looking at is r/all which is made up of the most popular content on Reddit at the moment. To personalize and make a sort of “news feed”  for yourself you can subscribe to subreddits. The best way to do this is scroll through r/All, find stuff you like, click on it and see what subreddit it belongs to and then subscribe to it. Most of these have about pages where you can see a summary of the subreddit. I also thought I'd give you my top ten favorite subreddits.

 

1. Ask Reddit

 

Maybe my favorite subreddit. It’s exactly what you think it is. People ask questions and the rest of Reddit answers them. However, Reddit is made up of doctors, lawyers, teachers, blue and white collar workers so the answers are almost always on point because of the wealth of information. It really gives you perspective on a ton of different topics too. Check it out!

 

2. Personal Finance

 

This one has everything finance. From housing and investing, to budgeting and insurance. Like AskReddit, it’s made up of all kinds of people which usually includes people that actually work in these fields and know what they're talking about.

 

3. Today I Learned

 

People share interesting facts that most of us have never heard before. Facts about history, facts about our planet, facts about the rest of the world, and much more.

 

4. Meal Prep Sunday

 

If you’re looking to eat for $3 or less a meal you have to meal prep. I didn’t know anything about this until I found this sub. People post their meal preps along with tips and advice to do it. Also, check out r/EatCheapAndHealthy There’s resources on the sidebar to get started.

 

5. Fitness

 

People posting questions and comments about anything fitness and achievements reached. I’d also check out r/bodybuilding.

 

6. If You Like Blank

 

In this subreddit, you can post any music, tv show, book, or movie you currently like and receive alternatives you might also like.

 

7. Explain Like I’m Five

 

This is one of the most fascinating subreddits. People ask ridiculous questions, ones I’ve never even thought about, and other people that know the answer will dumb it down enough for a 5-year-old to understand.

 

8. Get Disciplined

 

Everyone could use more discipline in their lives. This subreddit helps. It gives suggestions, techniques, and encouragement to carry through with any task.

 

9. Mildly Interesting

 

Everything on here is interesting, but only mildly. It’s usually just stuff that people notice throughout their day and think, “Hm that’s interesting.” Seems dumb, but it's actually pretty eventful.

 

10. Documentaries

 

If you enjoy watching documentaries and seem to always be running out of ones to watch, here you go. There are tons on here, all with links to where you can find them.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

  • AMA (Ask Me Anything)
  • CannotWatchScottsTots
  • ChangeMyView
  • CrappyDesign
  • DataIsBeautiful
  • Im14andthisisdeep
  • Nevertellmetheodds
  • jokes

 

Pro-Tips

 

  1. It’s just like the rest of the internet. It has its good and it has its bad.
  2. When you initially find a new subreddit, filter it to “Top” and then “All Time” to see the best it has to offer.
  3. Here’s a post on some of the unspoken rules of Reddit.