Does getting "endorsed" professionally in LinkedIn really have any value?

I belong to a number of professional discussion groups on LinkedIn and often get a notice that I have been "endorsed" for one of my professional skills... nursing, health promotion, health education, etc. I have never bothered to accept the endorsement because I don't see the benefit to me, AND that... show more I belong to a number of professional discussion groups on LinkedIn and often get a notice that I have been "endorsed" for one of my professional skills... nursing, health promotion, health education, etc. I have never bothered to accept the endorsement because I don't see the benefit to me, AND that it somehow obligates me to turn around and endorse the endorser, whom I often don't know.

What's your opinion/experience in this area?
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