You can be the ripest, juciest peach in the world..and there is still going to be someone who hates peaches
Social media is a modern day tool which is used by millions, even trillions or gazillions of us.
For reasons which only those with experience or an interest in psychology would possibly be able to fathom – and it is psychological – have no doubt about that.
Behind all our posts or comments there are forces at work which define who we all are whether we like it or not.
For those of us with a small business, starting from scratch so to speak, it is a powerful and direct means of getting out there. However, how do we capture the interest of total strangers, who have their own agendas and do not necessarily embrace ours? Engagement – there has to be engagement and that is the difficult bit.
My life, I believe,to me, may be varied, interesting, positive and full of quirky anecdotes and seaside pictures which I share with the world via my personal profile on social media. This, however is where the problem lies – they all hate peaches!
There are subjects and opinions I would like to share, some have been gently hinted at – and there’s that other conundrum – “ judgement “. None of us likes to be judged –do we? Being judged has negative connotations. So we create a less accurate persona to show the world – or our 111 “ friends “ because we are afraid that it will give the wrong impression if we say what we really mean. Why, however, should I think I have to conform a certain way when I really want to comfortably put something out there, that may colour someone’s opinion of me. It is psychology at work here.
Working in the environs of social media is time consuming. I am concentrating on my business sites and that is easier as there is a particular person being targeted. Not so the “personal” profile.
Someone once asked “ Are you a silent emotionist ?” What does that mean? It gave me the creeps –and so did the unknown author of that comment. It has a certain truth to it though. Through images and photos and positive statements we convey our deep feelings about things close to us – without actually saying anything.
I have learnt much from newsfeeds and sites liked and have gained much insight into people and places. However this is my perception, not others and herein lies the problem.
We shouldn’t hide our interests and/or insights from the world of social interactions – in my case, I never know where it might lead.