Studies Show that Social Media Hurts Friendships…If you Chose to Speak up Online

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It’s no question that social media has changed the way we interact, but many people wonder if it is for better or worse. While there are definitely negatives associated with social media, I believe they have benefited my personal friendships. Social media allows me to stay in touch with friends from college and high school by seeing what they are up to throughout the week. I have reconnected with old friends through Facebook, who I now see regularly. I also enjoy seeing updates from people I have lost touch with, and probably would know nothing about their life if it weren’t for Facebook.

“The world has changed and a significant proportion of relationships happen online but manners haven’t caught up with technology,” Joseph Grenny, co-chairman of VitalSmarts told Reuters.

The way social media benefits your friendships all depends on your attitude. If you are throwing your religious or political beliefs in people’s faces, arguing, and being rude to other people, then there may be some real life negatives. VitalSmarts conducted the survey that found that as the use of social media has grown, so has incivility, with 78 percent of the 2,698 people reporting an increase in rudeness online. One in five people have reduced their face-to-face contact with someone they know in real life after a spat online.

“When reading a response to your post and you feel the conversation is getting too emotional for an online exchange, you’re right! Stop. Take it offline. Or better yet, face-to-face,” Grenny said.


How to be a Successful Leader in the Workplace


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Some people are natural born leaders, and some would rather sit at their desk and be ignored by everyone. No matter which kind of person you are, it’s pretty clear only good leaders get ahead. Most successful leaders have made tough decisions so many times throughout their lives and careers, that they are able to get past the intense pressure and come up with a practical decision.

Leadership eventually becomes something that comes second-hand to people, after many years of practicing. To further your career, here are 10 tips on what successful leaders do every day:

1) Make decisions – In order to be a good leader, you have to be good at making decisions; big or small.

2) Make everyone feel that they have a voice – Don’t overpower or scare your employees, make sure they know that they can come to you with their ideas.

3) Share expectations – Don’t just expect your employees to know what you want out of them, tell them.

4) Lead by example

5) Provide feedback, good or bad – No one likes to hear that they aren’t doing well, but that is the only way they can improve. Give positive praise as well. Compliments boost people’s moods and make them want to work more.

6) Ask questions – Just because you are in charge doesn’t mean you have to know everything.

7) Remain in a positive mood around your employees – If you need to vent in your office that is fine, but keep a positive attitude around employees in order for them to do the same.

8) Create friendships – Associate with “lifters and other leaders”. This will help you improve, as well as others.

9) Split up the work accordingly – Know which of your employees are good at what and use them for this.

10) Avoid procrastination – This is a bad example to your employees

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