: Here’s Why Instagram Is Even More Depressing than Facebook

Perhaps nobody knows this better than Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project and author of Be Excellent At Anything , who has built his career around transforming the way we live, work and use our energy. In our "culture of distraction," many of us live and work with divided attention and depleted energy resources, largely thanks to the unrelenting siren song of technology and social media. Here are some sobering statistics: Two-thirds of mobile users check their phone for messages, alerts and calls even when it's not ringing or vibrating, according to Pew research , and the average smartphone user checks their phone every six and a half minutes (that's up to 150 times a day). A 2010 AOL survey even found that 59 percent of mobile users check their email from the bathroom. According to Schwartz, we've crossed the line of being able to effectively manage all of the information that's coming at us. He likens the brain on digital overload (and working memory in particular) to an overflowing glass of water. Schwartz explains to The Huffington Post: "Its like having water poured into a glass continuously all day long, so whatever was there at the top has to spill out as the new water comes down. Were constantly losing the information thats just come in -- were constantly replacing it, and theres no place to hold what youve already gotten. It makes for a very superficial experience; youve only got whatevers in your mind at the moment. And its hard for people to metabolize and make sense of the information because theres so much coming at them and theyre so drawn to it. You end up feeling overwhelmed because what you have is an endless amount of facts without a way of connecting them into a meaningful story." In a recent New York Times op-ed, Losing Our Way In The World, Harvard physics professor John Edward Huth argued that the Internet may have a greater effect on our sense of meaning than we realize.
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And the more you do that, Toma says, the more distorted your perception is that their lives are happier and more meaningful than yours. Again, this happens all the time on Facebook, but because Instagram is image-based, it creates a purer reality-distortion field. Instagram ups your chances of violating the gray line of stalkerism. If you dont know someone, and Facebook is telling you that you have interests in common, says Nicole Ellison of the University of Michigan School of Information, you can see their profile as a list of icebreakers. But that same profile is also a potential list of icemakers. If you meet a vague acquaintance at a party and strike up a conversation about a science article he posted to his Facebook wall, that probably seems normal. If you meet a vague acquaintance at a party and strike up a conversation about the eco-lodge he chose for his honeymoon in the Maldives, he will likely back away from you slowly. And then, Ellison says, youve violated the gray line of stalkerism. Instagrams image-driven format gives you the eco-lodge but not the science article. And arguably, youve violated the gray line of stalkerism simply by looking at those photos in the first place, even if you dont reveal yourself in public as the sad lurker that you are. Each time you swipe through more images of peoples meals and soirees and renovation projects and holiday sunsets, you are potentially blurring the boundary between stranger-you-havent-met and sleazy voyeur skulking around the cabana with an iPhone. To be sure, daily acts of stalkerism are all but part of the social contract at this point.
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Amazon U-turn over free deliveries

Loyalty Amazon has vastly expanded the number of goods it offers online in recent years, including clothes, groceries and health and beauty products, not to mention the goods being sold by third-party vendors. As a result, "the economics of offering free delivery on cheap goods just don't stack up any more", says Bryan Roberts, analyst with Kantar Retail. Analysts also speculate the change may be designed to promote the Amazon Prime delivery service, which costs 49 a year for one-day delivery on an unlimited number of orders. "The more customers who use Prime the better for Amazon as it helps their retention and loyalty figures, but occasional shoppers are unlikely to switch as it is quite expensive," said Mr Saunders. Amazon is also trying to push people towards making multiple purchases as profit margins on some low-volume products are "very low", he argues.
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Leadership 5 Business Values of Social Technology for Virtual Teams

I attribute the visual benefit to our level of comfort in teasing one another a cultural dimension to our interactions. Despite the lack of in-person interaction, our meetings are productive, dynamic and not painful; the latter generally a common characteristic of conference calls. Social Helps Create Personal Connection Because we know when someone hasnt shaved, or has colored her hair, or wears a baseball cap of his favorite baseball team, our familiarity and comfort with one another deepens the connections between all of us. The connections we have with each other deepen trust and allow us to move faster when strategizing, planning or brainstorming ideas. Social Helps Virtual Teams Build Culture Google Plus Hangouts are key to our teams connectedness. As part of its features, Google Plus has sound effects. Its customary for someone to use the ticking clock to remind a long-winded colleague to wrap up his or her idea. Its an accepted way for any one of us to help keep our meetings swift. It started as a joke but has become part of our culture. Its another way to connect us as a cohesive team. Social Improves How We Learn about Community Preferences Our WordPress blog comes with analytics to help us understand what our community of readers prefers.
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