Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Social media has changed the way that many of us learn, purchase, interact and explore the world around us. And, things are just getting started. Social, Social is a place to discuss social media with people from all walks of life. No experts allowed.
Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).
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His real-life interests include art, travel, writing, design, psychology, the beach, & exercise (grudgingly at times).
The idea that smartphones are making us dumber is not a new one. Taking into consideration that more than half of Americans own a smartphone, it should come as no surprise that much has been written about how our dependence on checking them constantly can turn our brains to mush. However, up until now, there has been no solid medical evidence that our smartphones have been guilty of doing anything other than turning us into antisocial zombies.
Take heart, there is now actual evidence proving that your smartphone is making you dumb. Well, at least if you use it the way I do. That's me being dumb in the photo above — sleeping with my iPhone at an arm's length so I can check it at all hours. However, I'm finding a lot of solace in the fact that I can now blame my iPhone for my regular bouts with stupidity.
Two recent studies were conducted of workers’ nighttime technology habits, sleep duration and quality, energy and workplace engagement. Scholars from University of Florida, Michigan State University and University of Washington were responsible for gathering the data and the conclusions were revealed in a feature article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month. It all sounds very trustworthy and impressive to me.
Anyway, the studies found that reading and sending work email on a smartphone late into the evening — or whatever other elicit activities you might be using your device for at that ungodly hour — doesn’t just make it harder to get a decent night’s sleep. New research findings show it also exhausts workers by morning and leaves them disengaged by the next afternoon. This would explain my desperate need for a grande Americano with an extra shot every afternoon at 4:00. Bingo.
Tonight's question was: "If you had to use three words to describe a tweetup, what would they be?"
"Drinks. Smiles. New Friends." - Ashely Rutherford
"I need five words — Fashion. Social. New faces. Drinks." - Abbie McGilvery
Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks you can't have missed some of the action associated with the Sochi Winter Olympics. Dreadful accommodations, athletes hooking up on Tinder, the eyes of Bob Costas, and, oh yeah, the spectacular performances of the athletes. That too. How could I forget?
The Twitterverse has been filled with tweets about #sochi. Some poignant, some celebratory, and some that are very, very funny. I always lean towards the funny, so that's what you're going to see here today. Funny Olympic tweets from athletes, funny twitlebrities, and even a couple of hilarious Maine locals.
You may have noticed that I've scaled back my Tweets of the Week efforts to about once a month. It was getting stale and we can't have that. What I'd still really like is to hear from you. Tell me about what tweets you like and why. Send them to me on Twitter at @bobbbyg and I'll consider them for the next Tweets of the Week.
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Rooms that invite us in. That’s what we look for in our homes. Favorite rooms. Comfortable rooms. Rooms that express our personal style. Rooms that work. Maine Street Design Co. is your source for spaces that work for you. Brett and his team work closely with Maine artisans including furniture and cabinetmakers, metal workers, upholsterers, and specialty painters. We also offer the finest custom sewing. These unique resources enable us to tailor spaces that reflect your individual needs.
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Did Pax throw off your Valentine's Day plans leaving you unable to get a gift for the one you love?
So, it's not too late! Tune into the segment here.
I'd love to hear about your creative last-minute Valentine's Day ideas. Shoot me a message on Twitter at @bobbbyg or leave me a message here in the comments section.