Today is the day that I take my photographically challenged profile picture off of Facebook and replace it with one that is more socially acceptable. Evidently, my Nick Nolte like mug shot made a few “friends” uncomfortable and I learned a few things from my Facebook Profile Picture Challenge……..
The point I was trying to make is that we all want others to perceive the best of us. Who doesn’t? But if you have to make a point of saying, “I didn’t post this nice picture to get comments”, or you just can’t steer clear from the “smiling photos and professions of love”, then you’re still trying to manage the perception of your life and you’ve missed the point entirely.
A shout out to those who were honest enough to admit that they are not brave enough to peel off their social masks. This admission alone, is honest and I thank you for your comments and vulnerability.
In regards to my “social appearance”, interestingly enough, some hid behind humor to alleviate their discomfort, and some actually requested that I take my profile picture down.
Sherry Turtle, a M.I.T. psychologist and author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other“, writes that most of what we post to social media is external to us personally. But when we post a complaint about our marriage or your worst picture ever, the boundary is much less firm…..
“In other words any hint of weakness, insecurity, or conflict isn’t good for our personal brand, what we all essentially have been reduced to on social media.”
It appears that the brand we all portray to hundreds even thousands of friends and followers will continue to be mixed with all the “like, if you love your dog” links, vacation pictures, and inspirational quotes that fill our feeds.
It’s my cracked conclusion that the longer we stay behind the closed doors of authenticity and honesty the more we deny the natural part of the emotional kaleidoscope of who we truly are.