If you’re ever feeling down, or have lost confidence in your ability as a public relations professional, heed this advice: STAY OFF THE INTERNET.
Seriously. Log out of your browser and go binge-watch Breaking Bad.
Since we’re in the business of trying to make our clients look good, I guess it’s only natural our predisposition for positivity rubs off on ourselves.
Whether it’s taking an awesome new job, or landing a great placement for our client, we love to tell everyone just how great we are doing. Sometimes the status is even wrapped up in a humblebrag, which makes it even more infuriating.
If you wouldn’t brag to strangers about your personal exploits in person, why are you sharing it from behind a keyboard?
Whether it’s a tweet, a picture on Instagram, or a Facebook status, all of us have the ability to edit what we say before it’s released to the masses. This allows us to ensure that what we are saying is perfectly said, something we don’t have the luxury of doing when we’re interacting in real time with real people.
But when we do it over and over and over, our lives begin to resemble something out of the movies; an existence that has been carefully crafted to put ourselves in the most positive light, lest someone think anything negative happens to us at all.
Now, sitting at my desk, I realize that not everyone is perfect. But on certain days, depending on what’s happening in my world, I’m put off by this practice.
Life is an imperfect collection of moments. To succeed on social media, everyone says you have to be yourself.
To me, that would mean sharing your imperfect moments.
For some reason, others want us to think their lives are one magical moment after another.
I don’t get it.