Daily Archives: July 8, 2017

This 'Friends' Fan Theory About Rachel Is Breaking the Internet Right Now

There’s a new fan theory out about *Friends* that is currently blowing our minds—and making the Internet melt down.

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Social media is more about connections than the information and likes

Social media connections

Author and Professor Deborah Tannen explained to Judy Woodruff on PBS that everyday talk and shares on social media isn’t about information we need to know. It’s about staying connected to the people we care about.

I think of social media as an extension of the how-was-your-day conversations that let you know someone cares about you, so you feel less alone in the world.

What someone is having for dinner, what beach they’re on with their family or a selfie with a friend, and the likes and comments that may follow aren’t necessarily important.

It’s the connectons that ensue that are important.

Per Tannen,

Social media haven’t transformed human relations. They have intensified them. While that means ramping up some of the stresses and frailties of friendships, it also gives us new, more immediate, more creative ways to stay connected to the people we care about, who care about us.

I’d take it a step further. Social media give us the opportunity to meet, know, and care about those whom we’d never have met otherwise.

This week I talked with a lawyer friend across the country who I met I and got to know through social media. We talked about his wife’s serious illness. I felt good to be there for him. He told me I felt like a brother for him.

Don’t be like the woman who complained to Tannen, “I don’t care what somebody had for dinner, all this stuff out there that nobody needs to know.”

It’ll be your loss, personally and professionally.

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Kentucky NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr dominates for Furniture Row

Martin Truex Jr won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in overtime by sweeping all three stages of the 267 lap race for

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