A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 18, 2017
“Checking social media at work is our generation’s smoke break”

Workers in the 1950s took smoke breaks. Workers in the 21st century take breaks for other reasons, frequently associated with social media.

“I have decided that the Internet is this generation’s smoke break. Think about it” was posted on Twitter on June 25, 2014. “The social media break is my generation’s smoke break at work” was posted on Twitter on April 15, 2016.

“Going to the bathroom with your cellphone at work is this generation’s smoke break” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on February 21, 2017. “Checking social media at work is our generation’s smoke break” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on September 29, 2017.


Twitter
Chris Frasier‏
@flava_fras
I have decided that the Internet is this generation’s smoke break. Think about it. #gottagetthefix
10:37 AM - 25 Jun 2014

Twitter
Jenn L‏
@SocialJenn
The social media break is my generation’s smoke break at work.
2:33 PM - 15 Apr 2016

Twitter
Carl Stessman‏
@stessmac
#DSMPLS16 great quote “Social media is our generation’s smoke break;even when you don’t smoke”
3:37 PM - 25 Jul 2016

Twitter
Tanner‏
@tgilliland789
Going to the bathroom to check Twitter is our generation’s smoke break
3:12 PM - 18 Aug 2016

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Going to the bathroom with your cellphone at work is this generation’s smoke break.
submitted February 21, 2017 by VladDracul_III

Twitter
Shower Thoughts‏
@TheShowerBrain
Going to the bathroom with your cellphone at work is this generation’s smoke break.
3:22 PM - 2 Mar 2017

Me.Me
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Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Checking social media at work is our generation’s smoke break.
submitted September 29, 2017 by too_Timid

Twitter
Shower Thoughts‏
@atshower
Checking social media at work is our generation’s smoke break.
10:18 PM - 28 Sep 2017 (Posted after the above.—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, August 18, 2017 • Permalink