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Procrastination Nation


The Internet has seemingly brought mindless procrastination to an all-time high,and in the process killed the creativity formerly associated with avoiding work. We’ve gone from a million ways to procrastinate to one. So in honor of finals week, we’ve compiled a list of facebook free “distractions.”

1. Color me happy

Neil McNeil, a junior visual media arts major, said that he turns to old fash

ioned coloring and reading comics.

“It makes me feel like I’m actually reading something; it’s like cheating,” he


2. Wikipedia Roulette

Cecille Avila, a print journalism senior prefers Wikipedia to YouTube or

Facebook. She looks up interesting facts and then clicks through linked

entries while reading along.

“I just did that with peat bogs and ice mummies this week and learned so

much,” Avila said.

4. Pretty in pink

Reenact the sleepover from Grease: give your best galpal a make-over,

break out into song and shimmy down the drainpipe — well maybe not.

But according to Hannah Fleishmann there’s nothing wrong with getting

a little girl bonding going.

“I’ll either give myself a make-over and paint my nails, or play well-thought

out pranks on my roommate,” the sophomore marketing communication

major said.

5. Feng Shui

James Harness, a sophomore broadcast journalism major, said that he’ll

usually procrastinate by re-arranging the furniture in his Piano Row dorm.

“I like to play around with the three centimeters of room I have,” he said.

6. Squish the Stress

“I have a squishy foam ball and when I’m procrastinating I end up squish-

ing and playing with that,” said Tamara Kearney, a senior marketing com


If it’s midnight before that huge exam and you find yourself without a

stress ball, fret not. According to Wikipedia, you can make your own by fill

ing a balloon with baking soda. Now here’s a way to procrastinate — see

how long it takes you to get all that powder inside an uninflated balloon.

8. I came to dance, dance, dance, dance.

“Sometimes, when you mentally can’t keep writing a paper you need to

take a 10 to 20 minute break to dance around your room, “ said Lance

Houle, a film production senior. His suitemate, David Levine, a film

production sophomore, agreed. He said that their suite even has a ritual

where anytime someone plays “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beatles, every

one starts dancing. “The second you hear that, you have to stop what

you’re doing and dance,” Levine said.

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