Do Social Networks Really Foster New Relationships?

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Carly here, and before I delve into this topic, I need to get one relevant bit of info out there: I’m going on 26. Given that, it’s likely that many of you readers will feel differently about this topic than I do. I’m hoping that Jane will post her take on this later, and that we’ll also expand this topic into the business environment down the road.

When analyzing the development of relationships of any kind, I think it’s important to strip away the vehicle of communication—whether it’s a social networking site, a friend’s party, a school, a work environment, etc.—and focus on the core quality of the communication. Ultimately, that is what determines the quality of a relationship. With that said, my simple answer to the above question is YES, social networks can be a very effective vehicle for fostering new relationships. Read on for some examples from my life.

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De-stressing Techniques for a Busy Life

I’m no stranger to stress (and I KNOW you can so relate). I’ve had days full of deadlines, I’ve had full blown panic attacks, I’ve had nights when I just couldn’t clear my head… and when I have no reason to stress, I usually invent one. I’ve experimented with meditation, but it’s been little help to me; all the little messages bouncing around inside my brain try to battle their way to the forefront, and sometimes struggling to shut them up is more stressful than just forgetting the whole thing. I know there are a million sites out there that focus on yoga, spirituality, and calmer living in general. But for those of us who are just a little short on time, here are a few down-and-dirty tips for de-stressing that actually work for me.

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Quick Thinking

I just had to post this. I’ve held onto it for years because I so related to it when I first saw it and, have to say, still do. Ya gotta love women! Read this and lol:

There were 11 people hanging onto a rope that came down from a helicopter — ten men and one woman.

The rope was beginning to fray so they all agreed that one person should let go because if they didn’t, the rope would break and everyone would die. No one could decide who should go first so, finally, the woman gave a real touching speech saying how she would give up her life to save the others, because women were used to giving up things for their husband and children, giving in to men, and that, after all, men were the superior sex and must be saved.

When she finished speaking, all the men clapped.

Never under estimate the power of a woman.

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