Angela Chen

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Angela Chen is a science journalist at The Verge. Her reporting and essays have also been published  in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic,  Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian,  Hazlitt, Electric Literature, and more. She is on Twitter: @chengela

Stories

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No Best Friend, But Better Off

Friendship is not about going down a list with some people always first, others second and third. Every friendship is unique.

Dec 12, 2017
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Can Desire or Love Be Predicted?

Data versus the real world: what compatibility algorithms can’t tell you.

Nov 15, 2017
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Asexuality

“Though desire for sex is considered one of our four primal drives, I lack such a desire almost completely.”

Oct 12, 2017
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When Quitting Is the Harder, Better Choice

On learning to let “grit” go.

Sep 19, 2017
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Is It Possible to Truly Know Yourself? (Probably Not—and That’s Okay.)

There is opportunity in forcibly rewriting a story, in trying out identities that might not feel true at first.

Jul 18, 2017
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How an Abundance of Fitness Data Keeps Me From Obsessing Over a Single Number

It is the act of recording all this data that has helped me step away from identifying so strongly with it.

Jun 14, 2017
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Genetic Testing Can Tell You a Lot About Yourself—But What If You Don’t Want to Know?

I wanted the most information possible and thought I had nothing to fear. Then my mother began to lose her memory.

May 08, 2017
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How I Learned to Trust in Therapy—Even Without Homework

It was the form of therapy I feared that changed me for the better.

Apr 10, 2017
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Stay or Go? or, The Case Against Playing it Safe

My lesson should have been “choose risk”—change didn’t always mean closing a door.

Mar 07, 2017
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Why I No Longer Make Predictions

I believed I could be protected from what lay ahead as long as I saw what was coming.

Jan 03, 2017