I like to give my blog readers an early scoop on things, like I did Wednesday with Google Coop. Here's a press release that goes out tomorrow (Saturday, May 13) from CubeBreak.com (a video site I manage instead of sleeping).. It identifies the most boring cities in the world.
If you're a journalist, you don't have to embargo this puppy. 🙂
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CubeBreak.com Announces Top Ten Bored Cities
Where You Live Impacts Boredom As Much As Where You Work
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 13, 2006 —
When it comes to boredom, where you live is as important as where you work. CubeBreak.com has identified the top 10 bored cities on the globe — where English-speaking residents are using search engines to tell the world they are bored.
Cities in the United Kingdom top the global charts, and boring U.S. cities include Dayton, Ohio, Wichita, Kansas, and Raleigh, North Carolina.
“We surveyed more than 1,100 of our visitors in April and watched web logs and search-engine keyword performance closely,” said CubeBreak Founder Kevin H. Nalty. “When we ran that data against Google Trends analysis, we identified some cities with residents that are clearly bored stiff.”
Half of all Americans today say they are not satisfied with their jobs, according to a recent report by The Conference Board. “Rapid technological changes, rising productivity demands and changing employee expectations all contributed to the decline in job satisfaction,” according to a report titled “U.S. Job Satisfaction Keeps Falling.” The East South Central region has the most content workers with 59 percent of residence in these states claiming they are satisfied with their jobs.
“Our hypothesis was that boredom was a function of the employer not the region,” said Nalty. “But this data suggests that certain cities are simply more dull than others.”
CubeBreak.com was founded to provide bored office workers with an escape from their office cubicles. The most popular video content on CubeBreak is humor – especially the new prank-call series in which Nalty telephones online video companies and CEOs as various characters. Two of the most viral videos yet include a prank call to Revver’s CEO and YouTube’s head of public relations.
“After porn and news, humorous online videos have the highest appeal to cubicle prisoners,” said Nalty. “We thought our traffic from the United Kingdom was indicative of the English sense of humor. Now we conclude that it is because the U.K. is plainly the most bored nation on the planet.”
According to WordTracker and Overture data, individuals are increasingly using search engines to escape office boredom. The number of searches in the “bored” category has risen steadily with hundreds of thousands of searches each month. Frequently searched terms include “bored,” “I am bored,” “I’m bored,” “bored site,” and “bored at work.” “UK Bored Housewives” is one of the top-10 terms searched in the boredom category.
With increasing workplace boredom and the availability of broadband video, CubeBreak.com’s has seen dramatic growth of bored visitors since its launch in March, 2006. The site features a “CubeBreak Video of the Day,” and a “Boss Alert” button that reveals a fake Excel sheet to prevent cubicle workers from getting caught looking for an escape from their daytime drudgery. CubeBreak.com is powered by Revver.com, so content submitters get paid half of the advertising revenue when viewers click a single ad frame at the end of each video.
CubeBreak.com’s Founder Kevin H. Nalty also manages a blog for amateur video creators who want to make money from their viral videos. WillVideoForFood.com provides tips on the emerging world of online videos, advertising and video contests.
CubeBreak.com’s Top 10 Bored Cities
1. Dayton, Ohio
2. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
3. Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
4. Wichita, Kansas
5. Raleigh, North Carolina
6. Birmingham, United Kingdom
7. Dublin, Ireland
8. Sidney, Australia
9. Raleigh, North Carolina
10. Perth, Australia