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How'd Your Life Change After Pets?
According to the ASPCA, 3 out of 5 Americans own or have owned a cat or dog, so I'm sure that there's plenty of you out there who have one right now! But how many of you remember a time when you'd never owned a pet at all? Chances are, while you wouldn't trade Fluffy or Spot for the world, there's definitely a few things you took for granted! Taiwanese artist John Huang adorably illustrates just a few of these examples in a series that compares life before and life after adopting his golden retriever Maimai. Which ones do YOU relate to the most? Remember when your car interior wasn't covered in dog hair? How about those stuffed animals you'd put on low-lying shelves, never worrying about when they'd become a living room floor massacre? Think it's safe to say you're not just buying food for yourself anymore. And after you own a pet, you certainly start appreciating other's pets too. Your phone used to be nothing but food porn, but now it's full of pictures of your favorite fuzzy one. (Okay, and maybe still food porn.) Ah, yes. When you could come home from work WITHOUT the whole house being torn apart. And you didn't have to go through a new charger a week - because WHO CHEWS WIRES?! And remember when you could hang out without stressing over who's going to walk the dog? What else do you remember about life before pets? I know one thing I certainly took for granted is leaving my shoes out. Now if I'm not super cautious about where I put them, my dog finds a way to tear them apart! Let me know what YOU remember in the comments below!
How to Deal with Anti-Fans Online
We've been seeing a lot of "Kpop fans" kicking up some hate* on social media and I'd like to enlist the help of Vingle's guardian angel Choi Minho to remind us how to deal with them. Minho, if you please: 1. Do NOT Engage. Do not respond to them. That is exactly what they want. Even if they directly reply to you, DO NOT ANSWER THEM. I know they're infuriating and you want to shut them down, but it never ever works. Think of it like a forest fire, if they have stuff to burn the fire will keep growing. Take away their fuel and they'll die off. 2. Flood the thread. Bury the hate under positivity. Send messages of love and praise and hope, to get rid of the hate, anger, and rudeness. Its so much more fun to watch them get frustrated by your sweet messages (not directed at them, direct them at the person they're attacking!) rather than getting in a fight with them. 3. Watch Your Work Pay Off Slowly you see the haters back away and you can pat yourself and your fellow fans on the back for a job well done. Voila! Keep up the good work Vinglers and fight the good fight! * I would, however, like to mention that pointing out and not supporting your favesโ€™ problematic aspects DOES NOT MAKE YOU ANY LESS OF A FAN BUT MAKES YOU AN ENGAGED AND AWARE CONSUMER. Whatโ€™s the point of being a fan if youโ€™re not a critical one? Whatโ€™s the point of absorbing media without the intention of analyzing it? If the argument is a constructive one, then don't write off any random person not wholeheartedly supporting a kpop artist as a "hater" :)