This is an awesome piece. Put down your phones, people!
Pretty damn funny. And true.
YOUR FRIENDS ARE LIARS—THIS VIDEO SHOWS THE REALITY BEHIND FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATES
Businesses are looking more critically at social media. A majority of respondents to this Gallup survey said that social media had no influence on purchasing decisions.
For all these companies, the key selling point is “disruption,” one of the tech industry’s worst buzzwords. The companies argue that they’re upending existing ways of doing business — hailing a taxi, with Uber, or finding lodging, with Airbnb — and given the sizes of the businesses they’re supposedly disrupting, the sky’s the limit when it comes their value. But is Uber, which was founded five years ago, really worth $17 billion? My answer, as I hope to detail below, is only if we make some big assumptions about the taxi market and Uber’s place in it.
Perhaps more revealing is how unemployed people in Mark’s demographic filled the rest of that extra time. They spent about five hours a day watching television and playing games, two and a half hours more than their employed counterparts. They spent about 45 minutes a day working out, versus about half an hour for the employed, and they got 40 more minutes of sleep, for a total of nearly 10 hours a night. They also spent half an hour more per day in class working toward a degree or certificate.6 But despite the extra free time, they reported spending less time relaxing, watching and playing sports, and eating and drinking. (An important conceptual note: These figures are based on the average amount of time spent on each activity by all members of the group, regardless of whether they participated in the activity at all. So if one person spends an hour in class and another doesn’t go to class at all, their average time spent in class will be half an hour. Where relevant, I’ve included more detailed breakdowns in the footnotes.)
An analogy to the current state of the dating scene:
Attention passengers This is your captain speaking.
I just want to tell you that, like, I don’t want things to get weird or whatever, but I’m not really into being a captain right now. I mean, yeah, I chose to take a plane full of souls up 32 thousand feet in the air at crushing speeds of 600 miles per hour, but I don’t want you think that this is, like, official, you know? I’ve got your lives in my hands, but I don’t want this to get serious. In fact, actually, look, I’m just gonna bail now. I’ve got my parachute. You don’t but that’s your problem.
I got what I wanted out of this. So, uh, yeah. Bye. Enjoy your fiery demise!
I guess Congress finally caught up to the rest of the country. Over the past few years you’ve inevitably heard, “Student loansare the next bubble.”
This is a very well done presentation by the presenter. Hopefully the message gets through on student loans!