Lately I’ve had several conversations with people who joke about their perfect yet largely fictitious Facebook personas. It seems to me that many of us are expending valuable energy creating whole lives and personalities for ourselves online—not that we’re making things up, per se, but that we carefully craft exactly what we want to put out there, and exactly what we prefer to keep private. I’m beginning to wonder what this might be costing us in terms of both time and mental energy.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that our social media presence can be used against us. I’ve heard about readers criticizing authors for spending too much time on Twitter when they’re supposed to be writing that long-awaited next book. Authors criticize agents for writing too many blog posts and tweets rather than responding to their queries. An editor may post about taking a vacation, but heaven forbid somebody out there is waiting for an answer from that editor—how DARE they take a vacation when they owe me something?
No matter how carefully we manage our social media presence, we can run into problems because of it. There’s a downside to being so “transparent” online, as misleading as that apparent “transparency” is.
What do you think? Have you experienced this from either side? Have you responded negatively to someone’s Twitter post because you don’t think that person is spending their time doing what YOU think they should do? Have you had someone criticize you because of something you said on social media?
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