You Think Too Much

Robyn Ryle
A sociologist writes about stuff.
Created 31 Aug 2021
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  • Thinking about the hedonistic treadmill
    01 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    This week I walked down to the library to pick up some books, one of my favorite activities ever. When the library re-opened after being shutdown during the pandemic, I practically skipped down the st...
  • The iron cage and time millionaires
    27 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Welcome all you new subscribers and thanks so much for your support! Just a quick note to share an article a friend sent me a couple weeks ago, related to my post on the iron cage, which you can read ...
  • Thinking about Halloween parties
    25 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Halloween is coming up, one of my favorite holidays. When I fist moved to Hanover, before I moved downtown, I had a big Halloween party every year. Even when I hardly knew anyone, I invited them to my...
  • Thinking about personal troubles
    18 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    One day this week, I was moving things around on Moodle, our online learning management system, a task which has become a larger and larger share of my work life as a professor during the pandemic. Th...
  • Thinking about travel and anxiety
    11 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    Jeff and I were in the airport, headed to DC on Thursday, when I saw a comic by Gemma Correll, a great illustrator I follow on Instagram. She was detailing her own struggles with traveling and anxiety...
  • Another example of the dangers of extreme isolation
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    Hey, just a quick addition to last week’s post about socialization and isolation! I spotted this NPR story this morning about the long-term damage caused by solitary confinement in prisons and it fits...
  • Thinking about the big house (no, not that big house)
    04 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 6
    I’ve taught many smart students in my almost twenty years (yikes!) of teaching. Also many kind students and funny students and, yes, a few annoying students, though luckily for me, most are annoying o...
  • Thinking about Genie
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 4
    This week in my introduction to sociology class, we’re talking about socialization. If you Google the term socialization (which many of my students sadly do) the first definition is “the activity of m...
  • Thinking about saltines
    20 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    I have trouble parallel parking when there’s a car waiting behind me on the street. “Just go around! Just go around!” I want to yell. It’s performance anxiety. I don’t do well with an audience. When i...
  • Thinking about algorithms
    13 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    On the first day of my intro to sociology class, I posed a question for the students—what are we learning about society from the pandemic? In their answers, they talked about both how stable society i...
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