Weak social ties are essential to your “diverse social portfolio.” Yet they get short shrift in discussions of connection and loneliness.
Even Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, in his landmark Harvard Business Review article “Work and the Loneliness Epidemic” (which sounded a much needed alarm), bypassed our learnings about weak ties, writing:
“Happy hours, coffee breaks, team-building exercises are designed to build connections between colleagues, but do they really help people develop deep relationships?”
The answer is no, but the next question must be, “Are ‘deep relationships’ the only kind that count?”
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