Oh, The Drama!
People seem to love drama. They love creating it. They love being in the middle of it. They love being the cause of it, or the root of the speculation. They, too, should be ignored.
I've read in several places that the generation that came to age in the 1980s and 1990s are now having problems with acceptance ... especially in the work place. These "social networkers" apparently need constant praise in order to know they are performing to satisfaction. It is almost as if they live life in a video game, with goals that are clearly defined and achievements to be handed out for the most mundane things. ("Thanks for showing up today!") A recent study also showed that the more you post on social networks (in full disclosure, I have this blog linked to Facebook, so it will appear there, too) the less self-esteem you have. Overcompensation is what they used to call it. Now it's a "condition."
Some people take their job way too seriously. If you aren't curing cancer, saving lives, or working on disarming the world's nukes -- it's just a job. Nothing more. Nothing less. It's a means to an end. You can enjoy it. Hate it. Be indifferent about it. Just don't lose sight of what it really is.
The more engaged I become with people, the less there is to like. The more I withdrawal, the better my relations are with those I continue to include in my list of contacts.
But as for the drama, acceptance and desire to make one's job his or her life -- I just don't get it. But then again, it makes Facebook interesting.