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Apple and TikTok remove app used to arrange parties during COVID

December 31, 2020

Vybe Together —an app that enable people to arrange and attend parties that violated COVID-19 safety protocols—has been removed from Apple’s App Store, and its TikTok account has been shut down, CNN reports.

The app used its Instagram account, which remains online, to explain why it disappeared from iPhones and iPads.

“App Store took us down!!! We will be back!!,” the Instagram post said.

The Instagram account suggests using the app to “Find your vybe. Local wine nights, beer pong games, and dancing in an apartment near you.” The app’s slogan is “Get your rebel on. Get your party on.”

Vybe Together, Apple, and TikTok stayed mum when asked for comment.. The action against the app was first reported by The Verge.

Vybe Together had a now-removed FAQ page that suggested it was supporting small gatherings, not large ones, The Verge reported.

“We are aware that COVID is a major health problem to the country, our communities, our friends, and family,” said the FAQ page. “If we all could just be in isolation this could actually go away. Having large scale parties [are] very dangerous. That is why we don’t support that. But Vybe is a compromise, no big parties but small gatherings. We could be living, at least a little during these times with Vybe.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against holding even small social gatherings that bring together people from different households due to the risk of COVID-19 spread.

“The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading,” the CDC said in its guidelines. Many local governments also have issued directives banning gatherings, CNN said.

Vybe Together got some flak on social media on Tuesday,  December 29—even before Apple and TikTok took action. Taylor Lorenz, a tech and internet writer for  The New York Times, was among those who came out as critical of the Vybe Together app.

“Some terrible people built a whole app for finding and promoting COVID-unsafe large, indoor house parties and they’re using TikTok to market it to millions of ppl,” he tweeted. “They’re currently in the midst of promoting secret NYE ragers in nyc.”

Lorenz identified a co-founder of Vybe Together, and included the person’s LinkedIn profile page. That page was offline as of Wednesday morning.

Research contact: @CNN

Companies pledge not to lay off workers amid COVID-19 unemployment crisis

April 14, 2020

A record 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. But several employers—in the consulting and financial services sectors—have pledged to hold off on job cuts, and are offering workers a financial cushion, The Washington Post reports.

Indeed, as early as evening of March 19—as stay-at-home orders were just going out in a number of states , but reports of job layoffs already were surging—New York City-based professional services firm Marsh & McLennan CEO Dan Glaser made a pledge to his employees.

“I want to say to all of you that while we are in the thick of this global pandemic, your job is secure,” Glaser said in a video message to the firm’s 76,000 global employees, including workers in its insurance and risk management, human resources, management consulting and reinsurance brokerage businesses.

“There will be no counting of sick days or vacation days until things return to normal,” he reassured workers, announcing the creation of a $5 million fund that would offer grants to employees facing financial hardship and reminded people of the “formidable resources and financial strength” of the company. “We will be fine — if you are fine.”

As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the economy and brings a once-roaring labor market to a near-screeching halt, layoffs have mounted at a stunning pace, the Post reports.  For Glaser, the calculus of making such a temporary pledge is far different than for a small retailer or travel industry start-up. Although he expects a “rough period,” he said, “we are among the fortunate not to have to worry about profitability or whether we’re going to survive.”

But because Marsh & McLennan is in what Glaser likes to call “a brains business” — reliant on his employees’ ability to focus on clients— he wanted to assuage fears and concerns. “Are we really going to have somebody remotely call somebody at their home— not knowing their personal circumstances in any degree, not knowing whether they have a loved one in the next room who’s struggling—and let them go?” Glaser said in an interview with the Washington Post. “What would that say about us as a company?”

Several large financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley and Bank of America, said last week they will suspend layoffs until the end of the year.

“We don’t want our teammates to worry about their jobs during a time like this,” Bank of America CEO  Brian Moynihan said in a CNBC interview posted on March 27. “We told them there’s no issue, you’re going to be working now through year end. No layoffs, nothing. We’ll continue to pay everybody.”

San Francisco-based payments company Visa will have no COVID-19 layoffs in 2020, CEO Alfred F. Kelly Jrsaid on LinkedIn.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff pledged March 25 “not to conduct any significant lay offs over the next 90 days,” and to continue to pay hourly workers while offices are shut down. He also encouraged employees to keep paying dog walkers and housekeepers during the crisis.

In subsequent tweets, the Post reports, he encouraged other chief executives to follow suit, calling for a “90-day CEO no layoff pledge.”

Research contact: @washingtonpost

JOMO: The joy of missing out

July 31, 2018

On Facebook and other social media channels, we find out that our “friends” are travelling to exotic places, seeing their children graduate from school, visiting with adorable grandchildren, going to rock concerts and museums, spending the day at the beach, taking selfies with the stars, or starting a new job. Many of us scroll down obsessively, in order to find out what the rest of the world is doing while we are sitting at our computers. Indeed, social media inevitably fosters fear of missing out (FOMO)—although (if we are honest with ourselves) we actually would avoid many of the activities in which these friends are engaging.

Another driver of FOMO is the social pressure to be at the right place with the right people (like that awesome party everyone else enjoyed last weekend). This pressure from society combined with the fear of missing out can wear us down and can decrease our happiness.

Indeed, based on the findings of a recent survey on LinkedIn, 70% of workers admit that when they take a vacation, they don’t disconnect from work. Our digital habits—constantly checking messages and social media—have become so entrenched, that it is nearly impossible to enjoy “getting away from it all,” because we may be missing something.

However, LinkedIn suggests, there is an antidote: Instead of living in perpetual fear of missing out, many are embracing a new approach to our always-on, tech-dependent lives. They are taking the time to tune out. Call it JOMO, or the joy of missing out.

“JOMO is the emotionally intelligent antidote to FOMO and is essentially about being present and being content with where you are at in life,” says Kristin Fuller, M.D. in a recent issue of Psychology Today.

“You do not need to compare your life to others; but, instead, practice tuning out the background noise of the ‘shoulds’ and ‘wants’ and learn to let go of worrying [about] whether you are doing something wrong,” she says. “JOMO allows us to live life in the slow lane, to appreciate human connections, to be intentional with our time, to practice saying  ‘no,’ to give ourselves tech-free breaks—and to give ourselves permission to acknowledge where we are and to feel emotions, whether they are positive or negative. Instead of constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses, JOMO allows us to be who we are in the present moment, which is the secret to finding happiness. When you free up that competitive and anxious space in your brain, you have so much more time, energy and emotion to conquer your true priorities.”

She advises us to:

  • Be intentional with your time: Schedule something that is important to you, whether it is working out, meeting a friend for coffee, writing that book or completing a work project. Make your time your priority instead of wasting time worrying about what other individuals are doing or thinking.
  • Give yourself permission to live in the present: If you are having a bad day, be easy on yourself and treat yourself to a relaxing evening. If you just received good news, then take a moment to embrace it and celebrate. If you feel that you are in constant competition with someone on social media, then re-assess why you are feeling this way.
  • Embrace tech-free time: Unsubscribe from social media accounts; and un-follow individuals who trigger your FOMO, or cause you any type of negativity. Set daily limits to how long you can spend on social media or delete certain social media apps from your phone so you can only status scroll when you are at home on your computer.
  • Practice saying “no”: You do not always have to go to that event or take that phone call. Sometimes saying “no” is the best kind of self-love. Even if you want to help someone, but feel it will have a negative impact on yourself, say “no,” in order to protect yourself.
  • Experience real life (not social media life): JOMO allows you to have more free time by eliminating wasted time spent scrolling social media feeds. Instead of spending your free moments suckered into the drama of social media, disconnect and do the things that you enjoy—such as cooking, spending time outdoors, and spending time with your family.
  • Slow down: Take time to think before you speak, embrace the quiet, use time driving in traffic or waiting in lines to sit with your thoughts or listen to a book. Slowing down can increase our creativity, which we can harvest into other productive avenues and projects in our life.

Fuller notes, “Instead of having FOMO over silly experiences on social media, we should be wary about having FOMO over missing moments with loved ones, watching sunsets, laughing at jokes, traveling, walking barefoot through the grass, hearing the sound of the ocean, and enjoying good food with family and friends.”

Research contact: @gldnminded

Among social media users, Facebook rules

March 14, 2018

Facebook remains America’s most popular social media platform, with roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) self-identifying as users and about 75% of them catching up with their “friends” at least once a day, based on findings of a poll by The Pew Research Center released on March 1.

With the exception of those 65 and older, most Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook, the poll of 2,002 Americans over the age of 18 concluded.

Only YouTube gets more traffic, with 73% of respondents noting that they visit the site regularly. The video-sharing site—which contains many social elements, even if it is not a traditional social media platform—is now used by nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults and 94% of 18- to 24-year-olds.

In line with that trend, some 78% of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat—whether or not Kylie Jenner loves it anymore—and a sizeable majority of these users (71%) visit the platform multiple times per day. Similarly, 71% of Americans in this age group now use Instagram and close to half (45%) are Twitter users.

Of course, that’s not counting President Donald Trump, whom Fox News says has given Twitter “a big boost.” He even fires his high-level employees via the platform—which he used on March 13 to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and install CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his place.

Several other platforms are popular among special interest groups, including:

  • Pinterest, which remains substantially more popular among women (41% of whom say they use the site) than men (16%).
  • LinkedIn, which continues to be especially popular among college graduates and those in high-income households. Some 50% of Americans with a college degree use LinkedIn, compared with just 9% of those with a high school diploma or less.
  • WhatsApp, a messaging service that is particularly popular in Latin America, and this following extends to Latinos in the United States—with 49% of Hispanics reporting that they are WhatsApp users, compared with 14% of whites and 21% of blacks.

Finally, the share of social media users who say these platforms would be hard to give up has increased by 12 percentage points compared with a survey conducted in early 2014. But by the same token, a majority of users (59%) say it would not be hard to stop using these sites—including 29% who say it would not be hard at all to give up social media.

Research contact: tcaiazza@pewresearch.org

Today’s leaders eschew the corner office

February 16, 2018

When it comes to scoring the corner office, only 4% of professionals see it as a win, while fully 96% don’t care, based on findings of a January poll sponsored by LinkedIn and conducted by the Harris Poll among 2,000 U.S. adults.

What’s more, 86% of professionals don’t prioritize having a job that their peers admire.

So what are they working so hard to attain or accomplish? Now it’s about being your own boss, say the LinkedIn researchers: More than one-third (34%) of professionals would take a 10% pay-cut for the ability to design their own schedules.

They also don’t care as much about titles as their predecessors and mentors used to do. Nearly nine out of ten (89%) believe that what they know—their skills, abilities and training—takes precedence over what stature they have reached in an organization.

In fact, learning a new skill is the number-one goal professionals are in it for in 2018, LinkedIn has found.

Others are in it for the money. Nearly three-quarters (74%) say they do not want to worry about finances.

This motivation is helping to usher in the age of the “side hustle”. Whether it’s moonlighting in an art gallery or building websites on the weekends, more than one-third of professionals today (36%) find success in pursuing a passion project or side job.

The majority of professionals (87%) say success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do. Putting this into action, nearly 40% of professionals feel most successful when teaching others. .

Finally, one of the strongest motivators is beating career FOMO (fear of missing out). Almost two-thirds (65%) of Americans say they fear they will miss their opportunity to succeed if they don’t keep their options open.

It is no surprise that the LinkedIn researchers advise, “Tto beat career FOMO, it’s important to always keep your network active and constantly seek new challenges both inside and outside of the workplace.”

Research contact: @cafisher