Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Exertion is for Schmucks

Social loafing describes the tendency of individuals to put forth less effort when they are part of a group. Because all members of the group are pooling their effort to achieve a common goal, each member of the group contributes less than they would if they were individually responsible.  -What is Social Loafing

What an amazing phenomenon!  Social loafing is the answer is to my prayers, and should be the answer to yours as well.  Here's how it works:  let's say, as Max Ringelmann did, that you put a bunch of dudes together and surreptitiously judge them individually in a rope pull, you know...tug of war style.

ALLEGEDLY you'd find that no one does as well or tries as hard when they think they're part of a team.  Apparently when we're working together we wimp out out and stop putting forth our most diligent effort.

Max Ringelmann (1913) found that when a group of men were asked to pull on a rope, they each pulled less hard than when pulling alone.  -Social Loafing 

See?  It's true.  The Internet says so.

These kids don't even appear to be

You know what I think about this?  KUDOS to us!!  Because why bother?

As part of a team I've always assumed that everyone knows I'm not really trying.  I mean, if I was out there doing my BEST then what do I need a team for?!?  As people have said before me, "there's no 'I' in team" and to me that means, "*I*don't have to work."

This is such great news for you, reader, because I have just given you a jewel. A gift with unending possibility.  You don't ever have to be responsible for one single thing ever again...just form a team, committee, group or panel in every endeavor.  Then sit back and put your feet up!

As Max informed us way back in the teens, it's what we're supposed to do! And I think that's just swimming.

Proof: these men don't have to swim as hard
because they're in a school of fish!!

*The kids come from boisedailyphoto.com.  They're very lazy in Boise.  Everyone knows that.  Lazy fishmen come from flickamag.com.  I don't know much about fishmen because my mom always told me to stay away from them:  "Never trust a man with gills."

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