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People arent ready to quit quitting

People aren't ready to quit quitting.

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You've likely heard of "The Great Resignation(Opens in a new tab)", the term referring to a so-called (and largely unprecedented) wave of people quitting their jobs globally in the past year. Dissatisfaction with management, working conditions, lack of a personal life — these were just some of the forces behind why people resigned in 2021. Large chunks of the global workforce left for greener pastures en masse when it appeared their employers or industry were no longer the right fit.

Just look at the numbers. A whopping 47.8 million workers(Opens in a new tab) in the U.S. actually did leave their jobs voluntarily in 2021, the highest number of resignations(Opens in a new tab) cited by the Bureau of Labor Statistics since they started tracking such data in 2001.

Come 2022, and the movement hasn't shown much — if any — sign of slowing down. In February alone, 4.4 million people resigned(Opens in a new tab) in the United States. Globally, the trend has trickled over to Singapore, Australia(Opens in a new tab), the UK(Opens in a new tab)...and online.

#QuitTok: The great resignation goes digital

Over social media, a string of buzzwords related to quitting have taken over feeds. Posts range from being vulnerable, angry, painfully honest, and liberated.

On TikTok, the hashtag #quittingmyjob(Opens in a new tab) has 121.6 million views. Videos under this umbrella share similar features: namely, people explaining the working conditions that pushed them over the edge, presenting POV takes of their individual circumstances.

SEE ALSO: Looking for career advice? TikTok is here to help.

Take, for instance, TikTokker @saygracee23(Opens in a new tab), who shared a two-and-a-half minute video in February seemingly just before she was about to quit her job. The post gathered over 1.2 million likes. After her employers allegedly encouraged people to come into work despite testing positive for COVID, the TikTokker's personal tipping point was apathy over a family emergency.

Jamie Mackenzie, director at employee engagement consultancy Sodexo Engage(Opens in a new tab), says that the pandemic fuelled a need for compassion and empathy. When employees can't sense this in leadership, their need to quit is undeniably propelled.

"The pandemic pushed many people to new levels of stress and anxiety, so employers need to show both empathy and compassion. Leaders must take time to understand people's challenges, operate an open-door policy, and perhaps even provide paid days off to boost mental wellbeing," Mackenzie tells Mashable.

"The pandemic pushed many people to new levels of stress and anxiety, so employers need to show both empathy and compassion."

Gen-Z, like millennials(Opens in a new tab), are looking for jobs in spaces where they feel valued, both as a result of their learnings during the pandemic and an all-encompassing second look at what satisfying work should mean. Job transitions among Gen Z are at (Opens in a new tab)80 percent, on a year-to-year basis(Opens in a new tab). More recent research from consulting firm Randstad revealed that 56 percent of Gen Z and 55 percent of millennials would quit their job if it interfered with their personal lives.

Narrative-like, in-depth videos across TikTok paint a picture of both dearth of compassion in the workplace and the accompanying stresses that thousands of employees, globally, have experienced.

The term #greatresignation(Opens in a new tab) is still going strong, with over 158 million views on TikTok. Users reenact or mock conversations with managers who deny time off(Opens in a new tab) or supposedly say things like(Opens in a new tab), "If you can't make this job your number one priority, it probably isn't right for you." One user shared a real PowerPoint(Opens in a new tab) she presented to her bosses about her plummeting mental health during her tenure.

Celebrating freedom

While many share their reasons for leaving careers, there are also those who have turned to social media to celebrate the chance at a clean professional slate. For instance, creator @karamazey(Opens in a new tab) posted a video on TikTok asking viewers to comment why they left their jobs. Reasons ranged from mental health effects, toxic interactions with colleagues and bosses, lack of boundaries, and gaslighting. One commenter wrote: "2022 new job new life!!"

Exclamation points and cheer are cornerstones of these recent quitting confessions. On Twitter, the tone is largely: "I'm moving onto something bigger and better."

In other spaces online, the somewhat notorious and highly-discussed(Opens in a new tab) Reddit forum r/antiwork(Opens in a new tab) has unlocked an altogether different path, consisting of those who either don't think we should be working at all, or those who want work to leave us more fulfilled than it has historically. This space is peppered with sociological texts, political philosophies like Marxism, discussions about work struggles, and internal tensions(Opens in a new tab). Here, there's been documented conflict over what working in the twenty-first century should look like.

In the realm of 140-character thoughts, however, most users detail their happiness at finally taking the plunge to quit. Tweets outline how their mental health improved significantly after handing in their notice, or how they can finally pursue a dream career they once held themselves back from. This trajectory sprouts from a reckoning, with many reevaluating their priorities and what an ideal career — and work-life balance — should look like.

Anna Lundberg, career mentor and founder of career consultancy and coaching firm One Step Plus(Opens in a new tab), says "[People] are re-evaluating what really matters, questioning the conventional corporate career ladder and looking for not just more flexibility and work-life balance but also a greater alignment with company values."

The path forward?

The employee exodus of 2021 has kept up momentum well into 2022. But what does this mean for the path forward? Online, the consensus appears to be that of procuring the best possible conditions for a workplace.

The movement has also empowered people to search for what they deserve, beyond salary and prestige of title. A healthier workspace, collectively, would be an ideal — and hopefully not idealistic — outcome of resignations worldwide.

Of course, not everyone has the option to quit or change careers. It is, in fact, a privilege to make this move. While the unemployment rate has hit a low(Opens in a new tab) of 3.6 percent in March 2022, the ongoing impact of the pandemic(Opens in a new tab) remains in many households where incomes were lost. To leave a job(Opens in a new tab) often means you can afford to do it or are in a position to. Factors like family, insurance, and savings come into play.

The Great Resignation then, is confined to people seeking better working conditions, being in a position to do so, and believing, if not knowing, that the right environment exists somewhere. And if digital spaces are any indication, there are a whole lot of people who fall under this faction.

For now, the urge to quit(Opens in a new tab) appears to be here to stay, at least until one finds the right space for them. The search for a career now includes a patchwork of factors(Opens in a new tab), with agency, social connectedness, and purpose woven into the mix.

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    As an archaeologist, Parcak firmly believes that Confederate statues and other depictions of history's vile racists belong in museums, not in public spaces.

    "They just exist to brutalize Black people. These are monuments that signify white supremacy. Period. The End. There's no other meaning to them."

    "They need to be contextualized and there's no context when they're out in the open," Parcak affirmed. "They just exist to brutalize Black people. These are monuments that signify white supremacy. Period. The End. There's no other meaning to them."

    If you're not in the mood for a spur of the moment revolution, there are ways to take down monuments to history's problematic figures that are far more legal — if slightly more time-consuming.

    The best way to start is by joining a group that advocates for the removal of racist statues. Check your local community Facebook groups. Can't find any? Rally your neighbors and start one!

    Once you've established a group, reach out to your local lawmakers — from the city council, to state representatives, to your governor. You can find your representatives on Common Cause(Opens in a new tab).

    You can also start and sign petitions(Opens in a new tab) to have racist statues taken down, and vote for representatives who incorporate taking down these statues in their campaign platforms.

    Finally, constituents can call into public comment sessions for their local government and voice their concerns about allowing a monument that glorifies the dehumanization of marginalized people to continue standing in their communities.

    How will archaeologists see these fallen statues a hundred years from now? A thousand years from now? Parcak hopes that this is "the end of the Civil War." While the Civil War, and slavery with it, did technically end in the 19th century, the oppression of Black people in this country has taken on many other forms. Between Jim Crow laws, deep-rooted systemic racism, and disproportionate police brutality against Black Americans, the end of slavery did not necessitate absolute freedom.

    "I hope that's what future archaeologists see, that this was the beginning of the end," Parcak concluded. "And the beginning of a much more inclusive and welcoming America, the grand vision that our founding fathers — who are hugely problematic on so many levels — but the great America that we've always imagined could be."

    So start those petitions and take it up with your city councils. But if all else fails — and you didn't hear it here — bottoms up, baby. 

  • Anna Kendrick made Barack Obama double over with laughter in 2012. Now we know why.


    Anna Kendrick made Barack Obama double over with laughter in 2012. Now we know why.

    You want to know what real power looks like? Walking up to the President of the United States and calling him an asshole.

    During the era of Donald Trump, sure, saying something like that could go very badly. But back in 2012, when politics was less of a bloodsport and President Barack Obama still lived in the White House, Anna Kendrick didn't just get away with it -- she got the president laughing hysterically.

    SEE ALSO: Barack Obama and Joe Biden got lunch together, because some bromances never die

    "I called him an asshole and scolded him for not knowing enough about the 50 states," Kendrick told Stephen Colbert during a Friday appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

    The fun apparently started when Kendrick showed up extra-early for a meet-and-greet with President Obama. She was the first attendee there, so she started chatting with one of the president's Secret Service agents, who happened to be from Maine. (Kendrick is also a Mainer.)

    This is relevant to the story.

    During Obama's talk, he spotted Kendrick in the crowd and praised her for her role in Up in the Air, the 2009 movie in which she starred alongside George Clooney as a corporate downsizer-in-training. Then, during the meet-and-greet portion of the event, he brought up the movie again.

    "So I shake his hand and he says, 'I hope I didn't embarrass you earlier.' And I was like, 'Yeah, you're such an asshole.'"

    Pause for laughter.

    "And he kinda laughs and says 'Oh, you're from Maine, aren't you?' And thinking about my conversation with the Secret Service agent I said, 'Yes! And I was the first person here.'"

    Then she described her chat with the Secret Service agent, which prompted a question from the president: Are people from Maine really punctual?

    "I was like, 'You didn't know that? You're the president.' So I called him an asshole and scolded him for not knowing enough about the 50 states. And that was what made him double over with laughter, yayyyyyy."

    So there you have it. Now you have all the context needed to understand exactly what was going on in this years-old Instagram post from Kendrick.

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  • Oscar Mayer is releasing a hot dog-infused ice cream sandwich

    Oscar Mayer is releasing a hot dog-infused ice cream sandwich


    A food evil greater than pineapple pizza has emerged, and we need to band together for some good ol' fashion public shaming.

    Sound the ice cream truck alarm, because a accursed food is on its way: hot dog ice cream.

    The food fight began with the mustard company French's, who announced their collaboration with Coolhaus(Opens in a new tab) to bring us French's Mustard Ice Cream in honor of National Mustard Day on Saturday. Heinous, but not deplorable. The food truck bringing this to the masses will at least carry a pretzel cookie to cleanse your palate, and also your sense of what is right in the world.

    But we're not here to talk about them today. Another brand stepped up to the plate to challenge them, upping the culinary anté when it was really not necessary. Oscar Mayer has announced the Ice Dog Sandwich. Yes, you read that right.

    "You may have heard that a certain condiment brand released an ice cream yesterday," the press email reads. "But, who eats just mustard? Condiments were made for an Oscar Mayer hot dog... so today, we announce the Ice Dog Sandwich: a hot dog infused ice cream with real bits of candied Oscar Mayer hot dogs served alongside spicy mustard ice cream."

    The two flavors (which should not be cold in the first place) will be sandwiched between two cookie "buns." Oscar Mayer's rationale for this creation? "Because a hot dog for dinner should be chased by a hot dog for dessert." NO.


    The experience of eating a hot dog with mustard should not be translated into a frozen form. I feel like I'm living in a parallel universe where up is down and Netflix doesn't cancel good shows after their second seasons(Opens in a new tab).

    As a certified chicken nugget-peeler, I almost feel like I have no moral high ground to stand on in terms of this debate. Don't cast nugget stones in glass fast food houses, ya know? But sometimes you come across something so unbelievably wrong that you have to unpack it a little.

    As you can see by the responses to the announcement, people are a little grossed out. Even the poll in Oscar Mayer's tweet currently states 80 percent of voters chose "No — I eat condiments solo."

    SEE ALSO: 10 of the most hideous culinary abominations to curse the internet

    Even Oscar Mayer's Twitter account tried to step and defend their hot dog expertise. Yeah, it's still gonna be a no from me.

    Try it for yourselves folks, if you're able. Who knows, we might all be pleasantly surprised! According to Oscar Mayer, its Wienermobile will be touring the Manhattan area during the week of August 12 to pass out samples of its Ice Dog Sandwich.


    Brands, please think before you freeze your favorite creations.

  • Diane Keaton finally spoke up about Woody Allen, and you wont like what she has to say

    Diane Keaton finally spoke up about Woody Allen, and you wont like what she has to say


    Diane Keaton is standing by Woody Allen.

    The Annie Hall actress defended the director on Twitter, writing, "Woody Allen is my friend and I continue to believe him."

    SEE ALSO: Woody Allen's actors are turning against him, and it's about time

    The tweet included a video clip of Allen's 60 Minutes interview from 1992. In it, he dismisses his alleged molestation of Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, as "a total non-event," and blames Mia for "coaching" Dylan to speak ill of him.

    Keaton and Allen have been close since the 1970s, when they briefly dated and began making movies together. The two have collaborated in several films, including Sleeper, Manhattan, and, most famously, Annie Hall. In 2014 – the last time Allen's abuse of Farrow came into spotlight – she likewise insisted(opens in a new tab), "I believe my friend."

    Allen has come under renewed scrutiny in recent months, in large part because Dylan Farrow (whose brother, Ronan Farrow, helped break the Harvey Weinstein story for The New Yorker) has continued speaking up about her experience.


    Over the past few months, more and more of Allen's former stars have come forward to denounce him, including Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, and Mira Sorvino. Some, like Timothée Chalamet, have even pledged to donate their salaries from his films to charity.

    Meanwhile, other stars such as Alec Baldwin – and now Keaton – have remained staunch in their support of Allen.

  • Michael Jordan joked about the crying Jordan meme during powerful eulogy for Kobe Bryant

    Michael Jordan joked about the crying Jordan meme during powerful eulogy for Kobe Bryant

    Michael Jordan delivered a powerful speech honoring Kobe Bryant at a public event on Monday celebrating the lives of the late Laker, his daughter Gianna, and the seven others who died in a tragic helicopter crash last month.


    But Jordan — who sobbed as he spoke about his friend he called a "little brother"— also delivered a bit of levity by joking about the "Crying Jordan" meme that became a viral sensation online in the last decade.

    "Now [Kobe's] got me — I'm going to have to look at another crying meme for the next..." Jordan joked as the crowd erupted in cheers and laughter.

    SEE ALSO: LeBron James, L.A. Lakers pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant

    "I told my wife I wasn't going to do this because I didn't want to see that for the next 3 or 4 years," Jordan said. "That is what Kobe Bryant does to me."

    Jordan famously wept during an infamous 2009 Hall of Fame induction speech. From there "Crying Jordan" became one of the internet's most popular memes(Opens in a new tab), his tear-soaked face jokingly inserted into countless situations.

    Jordan's speech about Bryant at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Monday was heartfelt, touching and widely praised.

    "He was like a little brother ... and I just wanted to be the best big brother I could be," Jordan said.

    Bryant idolized Jordan and famously modeled the way he played basketball after the former Chicago Bull, widely considered the greatest of all time.

    "When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died," Jordan said through tears toward the end of his speech.

  • *Slaps roof of car* This article can fit so many car salesman memes in it


    *Slaps roof of car* This article can fit so many car salesman memes in it

    Weird millennial humor is at it again.

    Car salesmen have an unfortunate stereotype: a bit greasy, a little sneaky, and very eager to pawn off a hunk of metal as an amazing deal with features you didn't even know you needed. This meme shows exactly what people want when they buy cars.

    SEE ALSO: The best memes of 2018 so far

    The car salesman meme took over social media over the past week, gracing all of us with variations of the bizarre joke.

    The meme appears to have originated from a 2014 tweet, adapted by @MirGucci with a poorly drawn stock illustration.

    In the original tweet, @OBiiieeee included some absurd negotiations.

    The simple format imagines a sales pitch between a salesman and a potential buyer. "This X can fit so much Y in it," the salesman says after slapping the roof of the item for sale.

    Fandoms started incorporating iconic storylines into the meme.

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    Sorry, Obi-Wan.

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    And it made some wholesome appearances, too.

    Obviously, it works well with pretty much any conflict in history.

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    Thanos took the meme in the complete opposite direction.

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    It started taking on different formats.

    The meme even made an appearance on the walls of Melbourne.

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    Unfortunately, brand Twitter might have killed the meme. Wendy's -- known for its savvy posts -- roasted itself in a tweet.

    And because Reddit hates everything, r/dankmemes decided that it's time for the car salesman to take a break.

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    But if there's anything to learn from almost(opens in a new tab) every viral meme, it's that people will still find them funny for years to come.

  • This photo of Prince George at the royal wedding has officially got the meme treatment


    This photo of Prince George at the royal wedding has officially got the meme treatment

    An image of Prince George at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding has been given the meme treatment with My Chemical Romance and Draco Malfoy references abound.

    Wearing his all-black pageboy outfit for the big day, George was pictured by photographer Brian Lawless walking down the steps outside St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

    SEE ALSO: The best memes from the Royal Wedding

    One of the memes suggested that his facial expression and closed fist made him look like Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter.

    "My father will hear about this Potter," tweeted Marc Snetiker(opens in a new tab), a reference to a famous Malfoy quote.

    Two of the memes suggested there was something distinctly My Chemical Romance-esque about Prince George.

    A tweet by journalist Marie Le Conte cited lyrics from "Welcome to the black parade" by My Chemical Romance.

    Even Cersei Lannister made her way into the memes.

    Most of the memes seemed pretty innocent and in good humour. Although it's still worth bearing in mind that Prince George is only four years old.

    Given that the next royal wedding could very well be Prince George's, we'll have to find a lot more than memes to tide us over until the next wedding comes around.

  • Sex workers angry after Bella Thorne troll leads to new price caps on OnlyFans

    Sex workers angry after Bella Thorne troll leads to new price caps on OnlyFans

    Bella Thorne's OnlyFans success is leading to severe financial consequences for sex workers who rely on the platform for income.


    The actress and pornography director broke records by making $2 million in less than a week since she launched her OnlyFans account. Although she said she wouldn't post nudity, she sent her subscribers a Pay-Per-View (PPV) message Thursday allegedly advertised(Opens in a new tab) as a nude photo. The message was priced at $200.

    When fans paid the fee and opened the photo, they were treated to an image of Thorne apparently topless and covering her chest. Disgruntled at the lack of nudity, many who paid for the photo issued chargebacks on their credit cards, requiring OnlyFans to refund them the $200 viewing fee.

    Workers claim that after the incident, OnlyFans began capping PPV messages at $50, and is only allowing its creators to receive tips of up to $100. In addition, creators in certain countries would only be allowed to withdraw their OnlyFans revenue, which was previously held 7 days after subscribers pay for their content, after 30 days.

    In a statement to Mashable, an OnlyFans representative said that any changes to transaction limits "are not based on any one user," like Thorne.

    "Transaction limits are set to help prevent overspending and to allow our users to continue to use the site safely," the statement continued. "We value all feedback received since this change was implemented and we will continue to review these limits."

    Stephanie Michelle, a sex worker who specializes in NSFW cosplays, said the changes especially affect creators who make a bulk of their revenue from commissioned PPV photoshoots.

    "If someone wanted a personal photo shoot or video, the normal way to go about this is a subscriber will direct message a creator and ask for personal content," Stephanie Michelle said in a Twitter DM. Creators will often set higher rates depending on how much personalization and effort these requests require. "Now, overnight, OnlyFans has capped this commission allowance at $50...This basically has a lot of girls unable to give their services to subscribers at their set rates, forcing everyone to lower our income level."

    Stephanie Michelle sees the change in policy as a devaluation of sex workers' time and effort. She noted that if she wanted to charge $100 for a personalized set, a subscriber would have to send two message requests.

    "Although this doesn't seem like a big deal, it's an extra step for people and that can be a deterrent," Stephanie Michelle said. "We have a website telling us how much our services are worth, $50. OnlyFans started as a website where we, the creators, get to decide how much our services costs, and now that freedom is being taken away."

    Thorne told the Los Angeles Times(Opens in a new tab) and Paper(Opens in a new tab) that she's using her OnlyFans experience as research for a movie she was working on about digital sex work. She added that the revenue from her subscriptions, which start at $20 per month, would fund her production company and be donated to charity. (Thorne didn't specify which charity or cause.)

    Sex workers blame Thorne for OnlyFans' change in policies. In a screenshot(Opens in a new tab) of an Instagram DM circulating on Twitter, an anonymous Instagram user condemned Thorne for the lost income.

    "She singlehandedly fucked so many sex workers," the DM complained.

    Thorne isn't the only mainstream star to disrupt sex work by joining OnlyFans. She launched her account at the height of a celebrity migration to the platform, which allows creators to monetize their content based on a tiered subscription system similar to Patreon. But the influx of "civilian" creators — a term sex workers use to refer to people who don't do sex work — has raised concerns in the sex work community because OnlyFans was already very competitive. While the novelty of OnlyFans is normalizing sex work in an otherwise prude culture, it's also saturating the market and making it more difficult for Black, LGBTQ, and other sex workers of marginalized identities to make a living.

  • Womans Tinder profile pic prompts fierce toilet paper debate


    Womans Tinder profile pic prompts fierce toilet paper debate

    People have a lot of feelings about toilet paper. Specifically, the correct way to position toilet roll on its holder. So strong are these feelings, that they feel duty-bound to use any means of communication to inform people when that their rolling direction is incorrect.

    In this instance, one woman's Tinder profile pic invited the ire of her matches, who informed her she was "incorrect about toilet paper."

    SEE ALSO: I sent my Tinder matches royal-themed pickup lines and they actually worked

    The over/under toilet roll debate is a highly contentious one. Some say the toilet paper should be hung "over," so the loose paper hangs off the exterior. Others believe the toilet roll should be oriented in the "under" position, with the loose paper hanging close to the wall.

    Writer Hana Michels(opens in a new tab) tweeted her Tinder profile photo, in which she is brushing her teeth in her bathroom. In the bottom of the photo, her toilet roll — draped in the under position — is visible.

    "This is my tinder profile. I’ve had it for a year. 23 men have contacted me to say I’m incorrect about toilet paper," wrote(opens in a new tab) Michels.

    Twitter, too, was ablaze with a raging debate about toilet paper. Michels' tweet garnered a whopping 833 replies.

    Even Michels' roommate chimed in to tell her that her matches might be onto something.

    So, is there actually a correct way to hang loo roll?

    Apparently so.

    Back in 2015, tech writer Owen Williams dug up the 1891 patent for the toilet roll owned by Seth Wheeler, the clever clogs who invented perforated toilet paper.

    Per the patent, it seems Wheeler intended people to use the "over" method.

    But, if we take a quick glance at some of the replies to Michels' tweet, you'll see that people who own cats prefer the "under" method as it prevents cats from unfurling the entire roll.