Since social media is today’s tool, I think it’s also a matter of reflecting back how you normally behave in public. As an adult do you take all your troubles, aches and pains to your company events or to the family picnic? No? Then why not trust yourself with social media?
I exist in social media like a mirrored hologram. Social media is a mirror I choose to position. We all have crazy moments, sad times and unavoidable crisis in our lives. Does everyone need to see that part of me online when I post?
I control my presence through the tool. I let the transparency shine through on the parts of me that are interesting, positive and helpful to others.
All adults have many experiences, wisdom and fun hobbies. Everyone has something to share. Okay, you can call me Glenda the Good or Pollyanna, but I do have to say going from the optimistic view is working for me. In fact, my motto on Facebook is Eternal Optimist.
For those who refuse to use social media, the mirror is black. There is no virtual hologram. If one does not exist in the virtual world, then it may be assumed you do not exist in the real world. It is easy to be forgotten in the minds of your previous coworkers, your college alumni, your friends and far away family. Being forgotten is not a good situation for the unemployed.
By the way, I have good news. Social media is not all about you. More the half of the social media game is about reading other people’s postings or forwarding your favorite postings to share the wealth. There is nothing wrong with signing up for a platform, gathering interesting people and hanging around reading postings for a while. Technically you are referred to as a lurker. I say be a lurker when you are still learning a platform. By reading you can gain a feel for what beam you want to project. You can learn what makes you cringe and move on to other postings. You can learn what makes you smile.
And when you are ready, you can position your own mirror.