Week Four Blog Post
Oftentimes when I’m scrolling through my social media, I compare people’s posts to the things they say and how they act in “real life.” My conclusion: people are not themselves on the internet. If you put someone behind a screen, they become a different version of themselves. This version may be more put together while offering up thought-provoking arguments or they may be looking for a fight and always posting controversial topics to spark heated debates. This version may simply be an internet troll. If you spoke to these people in person, most of the time they would be pretty different.
Let me first start off by saying that social media is a great way to market yourself if done correctly. You get to choose what is put on your social media accounts so you can choose things that make you seem intelligent, driven, and passionate. In addition to friends and family, you are able to show potential employers the very best of yourself. I believe it is important to portray ourselves in a positive and honest manner on our social media profiles. We don’t have to document every detail of our lives; maybe just post about the big ones that matter to our friends and family.
Although social media accounts can help us present our best selves, these accounts can also make a person’s life look more glamorous than it really is. Because of this, people can become addicted to their social media. They may begin to view themselves as their profile depicts, and want others to view them that way as well. They may start to embellish stories, or stress over how many “likes” a post receives. If this becomes the most important thing to a person, they might not even focus on portraying themselves in an honest way. They may begin to focus on how they look to other people on social media. It is important to keep in mind that friends and family know what you are really like, and they know if you’re embellishing your life.
The identities that we create on social media may not necessarily be ourselves. Sometimes people take advantage of the anonymity that social media offers. While allowing people to present the best versions of themselves by giving individuals time to revise their posts before posting, at the same time, social media can create monsters. Oftentimes, people choose screen names that hide their identities. This way, they can say what they’re thinking (often in a rude manner) and there are no repercussions. No one will know it’s them, so why not? This is both good and bad. We can get unfiltered opinions this way, but oftentimes, these posts just turn into personally attacking anyone who disagrees.
All of this matters because as we progress into the future, social media is only going to become more popular. It is important to portray yourself positively on social media, not just to keep the respect of others, but to keep your professional life safe, as well. If done correctly, social media can even help you market yourself which can be beneficial to you. So, keep it clean, limit the profanity, and remember that potential employers are checking your social media.
And for the love of all that is holy, PLEASE stop posting pictures of your food!