Are Social Websites Making Us Anti-Social?

The Hump Day Humor-Gram, April 15, 2009 Issue 299
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1. Are Social Websites Making us Antisocial?

A recent study out of the U.K.’s Institute of Biology suggests
that people (at least Brits, though I think it’s safe to
extrapolate) are spending dramatically less time interacting
face to face and have doubled the amount of time per day doing
things that are removed from social interaction (like cruising
social networking websites). The study also suggests that this
lack of social interaction may be harming our physical health!

My take is this: social networking sites are fun and useful for
lots of things, but use them with moderation. They are no
substitute for the real thing, especially when it comes to
creating inspiring workplaces.

Check out my semi-humorous rant about social networking at:
http://www.mikekerr.com/blog/mikes-video-rant-death-by-facebook/
(And yes, I get the irony of sending you to another website.)
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

This Friday is official “Blah Blah Blah Day” – a day dedicated
to undertaking a boring/mundane project that someone has been
nagging you to do for a long time (hence the “blah, blah, blah”).
So why not dedicate some time this Friday or next week to doing
THE task on your to-do list that you have put off the longest.
And get creative to make it fun. Reward yourself or your team
for tackling a “blah” issue, or dole out a prize (our local
community gave out sponsored prizes for the weirdest objects
found during a highway clean up).
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3. Deep Thought of the Week

“Solitude is much more enjoyable if you have someone to share it
with.”
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

The Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title awards were recently
announced. This year’s winners included: “Strip and Knit with
Style,” “The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers
of Fromage Frais” and “Baboon Metaphysics.” No word yet as to
whether or not any of these gems will be turned into a major
motion picture . . .
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2009. www.mikekerr.com

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