Reaching Too Far?
Posted by mollynolte
When I consider how far reaching social media has become, one experience particularly comes to mind. As I’ve said in my introduction discussion post, I don’t personally have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. I do have a Pinterest and definitely have a sweet spot for that app, but I don’t know that I consider Pinterest social networking. I don’t use it to socialize, I just use it to “pin” recipes, inspiration, clothing, hair and makeup ideas, and girly and nerdy nonsense. I would certainly survive without it, but I do check it a few times a day.
The experience which I reference in regards to technology and social media reaching “too far” was recently when I was job searching. I didn’t have a LinkedIn account even though I had read that it was becoming more and more important to have one, I didn’t fully understand what LinkedIn was and wasn’t interested in finding out more about it. But as I was applying to more jobs, it became more common for me to have to have a LinkedIn. A lot of the jobs I was interested in had digital applications, and many of them had a section where the applicant was required to insert my LinkedIn URL. It wasn’t until I started applying to those jobs that I was really interested in that I created an account. I’m not sure how important LinkedIn really is, and I don’t know if I’ll ever actually use it professionally, but the dream job I just landed required the URL so I guess I’m glad I had it.
It’s been crossing my mind that getting a Facebook or an Instagram might be a good move for my new job. It would be a great way to promote the fitness studios where I’ll work. But I would be the biggest hypocrite in the world if I did that. But there also might be a time where social media reaches even the biggest non-believers like me. I haven’t made the decision yet. It feels like walking the plank.
About mollynolteMSTPC grad student scheduled to graduate in May 2017. Lover of the outdoors, my dogs, autumn, yoga, and travel.
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