Is this a more accurate representation of a molecule?

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Is this more accurate than this?

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I see the top version used everywhere. But isn't the bottom version better? Because the top version makes it seem like H2 bonds with the C to its right and the other H2 bonds with the N. Whereas the bottom version shows the bonds correctly. Should I draw it like the top version and stop annoying myself with the bottom version?
 

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Because the top version makes it seem like H2 bonds with the C to its right and the other H2 bonds with the N.
-CH2- is identical with -(CH2)-

The bonds in the formula connect groups of atoms - not specific atoms within the groups. This information gets lost by using this type of formula. But that is not a problem because it is quite clear which atoms are actually connected.
 
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-CH2- is identical with -(CH2)-

The bonds in the formula connect groups of atoms - not specific atoms within the groups. This information gets lost by using this type of formula. But that is not a problem because it is quite clear which atoms are actually connected.
Ok thanks, I'll stop annoying myself with the squiggly lines lol
 
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