Being a #girlboss requires less humility, not more


According to Twitter, several democrats began their Monday morning with this weird email:

The “Drew” in question, I’m told, is actress and producer Drew Barrymore.  

A lot of discussion on Twitter had to do with the use of “girlboss” to describe the 60-year-old potential first female president of the United States. There’s a lot of debate generally about women using pejorative terms to “own” them in business. NastyGal founder Sophia Amoruso’s bestselling book “#Girlboss” was the most high profile recent example of a philosophy that making the debate less serious and more approachable makes more younger women feel part of the movement.

I don’t have an issue with the phrase generally, and enjoyed Amoruso’s book even though I felt like it was definitely written for a different demographic than 40-year-old me. When I was younger I used to attend “Girls in Tech” events and liked the less huffy branding of them.

But let’s be clear: Being electing the first female President of the United States isn’t something we should all take less seriously. Electing any president isn’t. (Insert comment about most recent absurd thing Donald Trump has said and his polling numbers here.) “Girlboss” is about easing women into a movement of taking control of their own power. Once you’re ascendant and leading the movement, another phrase might be more appropriate.

But the worrying thing with this email is less the use of “Girlboss”– jarring as that is. It’s what follows the word “Girlboss”…

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Study Finds Quitting Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Stressed


Social media has the ability to make your life feel inadequate, with friends and family cherry picking the best parts of their lives and sharing them with the world, making your rainy Monday morning appear particularly dire. So what effect is this having on our mental wellbeing? Is it actually making us feel increasingly depressed?

Researchers at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen (yep, that does exist) decided to find out. They took a group of 1,095 Facebook users and split them into two groups. The first group were allowed to continue using the social network on a daily basis, while the other group were forced to go completely cold turkey, staying off the site for the duration of the experiment.

The results were incredibly revealing – after just 7 days 88% of the group that left Facebook said they felt “happy” as opposed to 81% in the group still using the site. They also felt less angry, less lonely, less depressed, more decisive, more enthusiastic, and enjoyed their lives more. Ditching Facebook also appeared to reduce stress levels by as much as 55%. They’re some pretty strong results…

“People on Facebook are 39% more likely to feel less happy than their friends,” reads the study. “Instead of focussing on what we actually need, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on what other people have […] 5 out of 10 envy the #amazing experiences of others posted on Facebook. 1 out of 3 envy how #happy other people seem on Facebook. 4 out of 10 envy the apparent #success of others on Facebook.” So there you have it, perhaps we should all give it a rest and focus on our real lives.

You can download the report here.

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