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How to Consume Social Media In A Healthy Way

Even though social media intends to connect people from all over the world, it can often make us feel more isolated when consumed in an unhealthy way. It’s so easy to compare yourself to someone else’s highlight reel on Instagram or feel left out when you see photos from a get-together you didn’t invited to. For some people, time spent on social media leaves them feeling drained and alone, but social media has the potential to do the opposite if it was used in the right way.

My first piece of advice is to unfollow any social media creator that makes you feel worse after viewing their content. This doesn’t have to be about not liking their posts or their personality, but if you can’t view their content without criticizing yourself and comparing yourself to them, it’s probably best that you unfollow them. Instead, follow creators who promote a healthy body image and present themselves as real human beings on social media. One of my favorite social media creators is Victoria Garrick. She openly shares her journey of self-love and recovery after an eating disorder. She is known for her “#RealPost”s, where she posts unfiltered, unedited pictures that normalize things like stomach rolls, stretch marks, and breakouts. Social media creators like Garrick make me feel validated and normal. They encourage me to join the movement and post real photos of myself rather than the most polished and edited versions of those photos.

I also recommend limitinghow much time you spend on social media every day. I know it’s an easy way to pass the time, but even when consuming social media in the healthiest way possible, one can feel drained after spending hours watching videos on TikTok or scrolling through their Twitter feed. One way to accomplish this is by putting time limits on these apps, so you won’t be able to access them after spending a certain amount of time on them.

On the flip side, if you’ve ever posted pictures on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or any other social media platform, you yourself are a social media creator! That means that if you’ve ever spent hours editing your photos by shrinking your stomach and putting on a fake makeup filter, you’re contributing to the problem. One of the biggest issues of social media is that many people don’t post real pictures of themselves. As a result, people viewing their content compare themselves to a person that doesn’t even exist! I totally get cropping a photo, upping the brightness, and adding a little saturation, but when it gets to a point where you hardly recognize the person in the photo, something needs to change. 

Next time you open TikTok or draft an Instagram post, keep these things in mind. Most people on social media only share the best parts of their lives, so comparing yourself to their highlight reel is unfair. The first step towards learning to consume and create social media in a healthy way is to be mindful of these things and try our best to stay real online.

Featured Image By Allison Geddie

I Tried to Recreate TikTok’s Infamous Egg Sandwich

Imagine this: it is 1:00 am and I am mindlessly scrolling through a plethora of TikToks that have become the bane of my existence and the primary reason for why I cannot seem to shut off at night and go to sleep. It is detrimental to my sleep schedule, but yet I can’t seem to stop watching TikTok dance challenges, pranks, hair tutorials, and skits. After falling down the TikTok rabbit hole, I came across this intriguing and deliciously seeming egg sandwich recipe. As a breakfast connoisseur and a cheese enthusiast, this viral TikTok Egg Sandwich recipe caught my attention and I knew I had to give it a go and try it out for myself. With over 17 million views and over a million likes, this recipe from the Food Network is causing chaos on TikTok among foodies like myself. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, what makes this egg sandwich so special? It’s just an egg sandwich, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, this egg sandwich consists of all the yummy essential egg sandwich ingredients such as eggs, cheese, and bread. However, this egg sandwich provides you with a clever hack that results in a perfect one-pan traditional egg sandwich. 

To start,  the ingredients needed for this egg sandwich are pretty straightforward: eggs, sliced bread, cheese, and oil or butter. Any extra ingredients such as bacon, ham, avocado, etc to spice up your sandwich are completely optional. Since I wanted to recreate this popular TikTok recipe and it has been recreated countless times, I decided to put a little twist in it and make it my own, but adding turkey ham, tomato & basil hummus, and yellow mustard to my sandwich and using my favorite rosemary sourdough bread.

Step 1: Heat up some oil or melt some butter on a medium-sized, preferably non-stick, pan on medium to low heat. 

Step 2: While the pan is heating up, crack two eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork to break up the yolk. 

Step 3: Pour the eggs into the pan and place two slices of bread on top of the egg mixture in the pan, then flip the slices over to soak the other sides as well.

Step 4: Once the eggs are becoming more solid, flip both slices of bread along with the eggs onto the other side. Add cheese and ham, bacon, or your choice of protein. 

Step 5: Fold over the overlapping sides of the egg in towards the bread and flip one of the slices of bread on top of the over to create a sandwich. 

Photos by Amy Perez

This TikTok egg sandwich was soooo good and although I did have a semi-fail with flipping the eggs, it was still really quick and easy. The taste test was, of course, my favorite part and it did not disappoint. The softness of the sourdough and cheesiness of the sandwich made for a heavenly combo. The eggs were perfect as always and the addition of the turkey ham really elevated the flavor. I added a few extras to my sandwich by smothering some trader joe’s tomato basil hummus and yellow mustard to really tailor it to my liking. Overall, the egg sandwich was warm, hearty, and delightful. This sandwich is going to definitely be one of my new go-to’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner because of easy and tasty it is. I urge you to try it and understand why this life-changing food hack has gone viral on TikTok.

10 Things to Look Forward to When We Return to the Forty Acres

Being away from campus can be hard. For those missing Austin, here are 10 things to look forward to in the Fall, complete with memes generated by the wonderful UT Austin online community.

  1. Getting to see the one and only Domino

Domino is a fixture on campus and loved by many. In our absence, he has been spotted patrolling campus and scaring away pesky squirrels (except for the lucky albino ones of course).

  1. Our many rivalries.

No matter the season, or the current viral threat, our rivalries can transcend any obstacle, even COVID-19.

  1. Construction!

Austin construction has been around since pretty much forever and isn’t going away any time soon. Hopefully, some time away from campus will make the constant rerouting worth the while.

  1. Flocks of electric scooters.

That’s right folks, with humans trapped inside, nature has returned to its former glory. You’ll have plenty of time thanks to your web-based classes to do a little “Bird”-watching and maybe get hit by one or two scooter on Speedway if you’re just that lucky.

  1. Taking graduation photos!

Anyone who goes to UT hopes to one day get that picturesque photo in Littlefield Fountain. A little ‘Rona just adds more flavor to your photos. When you look back on them many years down the line, there will be no denying, you were definitely a proud 2020 graduate.

  1. Some calming moments with our campus’ most loved reptiles.

That’s right, some turtle live over 80 years. These guys aren’t going anywhere and have only gotten more apathetic and adorable since the last time you saw them in March.

  1. A lecture hall or library, or two, if you’re lucky!

There’s nothing I look forward to more than a good old time in one of the university’s top-notch libraries and lecture halls. I’ll hopefully be seeing all of y’all at some point on the 5th floor of the PCL at 2 am.

  1. The beautiful sound of a monthly emergency notification system siren test.

No, that’s not a tornado siren or some indie Austin band’s new music, just the beautiful sound of our university keeping us safe and maybe destroying our eardrums.

  1. Spending all your money on ACL.

Although ACL is canceled this year, don’t worry, come the Spring you’ll get your chance to empty your pockets in hopes of enjoying 3 glorious days in the hot sun with all your favorite Californians surviving off of a single granola bar and good music.

  1. Finally quenching you caffeine-addiction.

Say goodbye to your dad’s Folger’s and hello to your favorite locally-owned and operated venues. That’s right, for just $7 you can have a delicious, double shot of freshly ground 100% vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO espresso.