Is it just me, or are the majority of Tweets and Facebook postings quite perky? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it is authentic? Is everyone really and truly that happy all the time? (If so, rush hour commuters must not engage in social media networks.)
So, you’ve had a bad day
While nobody wants to spend a great deal of time around a sad apple or someone who constantly plays on the mood swings, it’s safe to say we all go there once in a while. Family strife, work place politics, money woes and relationship challenges exist and naturally impact our mood.
Do we refrain from posting something negative to maintain or invent a reputation? I ask, because I know a few people with real-life dispositions akin to Eeyore who Tweet and post the most perky of messages which is quite contrary to any interaction one would have if meeting them in real life.
I have to admit I don’t often engage my social networks with the negative happenings in my life. I believe we all have enough conflama (my own word meaning conflict + drama) so why add to it. However, I don’t believe my voice on my networks to be so “off message” if someone met me in real life, I’d come across as a completely different person. Then again, those of you that have met me IRL after having “met” me somewhere online would need to validate that belief.
All that said, I do go on the occasional rant, or throw out snarky comments. Yep, I said it. Snarky.
What do you think?
Does refraining from the negative make involvement with social networks less-than-authentic? If you are not displaying a 360 degree view of your life are you being real? Or, is it better to refrain from broadcasting the latest on your crazy grandma in the basement or the nutty you just threw because the dry cleaner lost your favorite suit coat?