Unsocial media

Everybody is continuously connected to everybody else on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Reddit, e-mailing, texting, faster and faster, with the flood of information jeopardizing meaning. Everybody’s talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell. Maureen Dowd 1952- A recent survey by USA Today found that nearly 50% of those polled felt overwhelmed by social media and had considered giving it up completely. I have to say, I’m not surprised. When you really examine it, social media is decidedly unsocial. Social media sites like Facebook were billed as tools for family and friends to …
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The danger of labels

The easiest time to cure an illness is before it is accepted as a part of the self-image. Jane Roberts 1929 – 1984 From time to time, we all have labels assigned to us. Some are helpful; some are not. Take a moment to think of some of the ways you’ve been labeled: you might be a baby boomer, Generation X, or a millenial; single, married, divorced or widowed; a graduate of high school or college; a white collar or blue collar worker; and so on. Labels can be helpful when they condense information down to one or two words. …
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Sorry, not sorry

Saying, ‘I’m sorry’ is the same as saying, ‘I apologize.’ Except at a funeral. Demetri Martin 1973 – A few months ago, the shampoo Pantene did a commercial in which women apologized forĀ a variety of common actions: for speaking up in a meeting, for asking a co-worker for an opinion, even for using a shared armrest. The ad highlighted a growing problem, particularly among women: apologizing when you’ve done nothing wrong. It’s understandable to apologize if you’ve acted inappropriately or offended someone. It can even be advisable to apologize as a preventative measure; for instance, when dealing with a tricky …
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