Social Media or Social Suicide?
Hi Dimes! Has anybody else made a face like this when cyber stalking a potential date? I know I have. In fact, I've had this come up quite a few times this year, especially back when the election was taking place. I literally had to take a break from Facebook, it was unbearable!
While the picture above is meant to make you laugh, my point is no laughing matter. Some things are just better left unsaid or perhaps left better said to a medical professional. Kidding!... kind of. I know I'm not the only one out there that has agreed to a date, but after some online social media stalking, quickly reconsidered and cancelled.
There is nothing attractive about a guy or girl pouring their heart out on their Facebook wall. No one really cares to hear you bitch and complain about your job or the terrible service you had during your recent visit to Outback Steak House. In all honesty, it makes you look petty.
When considering your social media presence, less is definitely more. Whether we like it or not, social media is self advertising at its best. We are exuding an image and shaping the way others see us. While social media can be a valuable tool for staying in touch with others, it can also knock you right out of the dating game. Not to mention, it can ruin your chances with potential employers as well. That's right people, if you want to be taken seriously you might want to rethink that gym selfie, stop checking into the gym on Facebook when you get there, and stop posting inspirational memes relating to how you were mistreated during a breakup. I don't know where the whole "know your worth" phrase came from but I'm pretty sure it does not mean posting a selfie and making yourself your own "MCM" (Man Crush Monday).
And for the girls, don't get me started on the #iwokeuplikethis post. Of course you woke up like that, bitch. You have botox, lash extensions, lip injections and a weave in your hair. I'm not knocking it, but let's be clear, if we were lost at sea for five months with no salon we would all be waking up looking like dog shit. You aren't some rare gift from God that miraculously wakes up ready to walk the runway for Tom Ford. Just be real. I have no shame and no desire to hide the fact that I wake up looking like a little troll that just crawled out from under a bridge. At least I'm honest.
Do yourself a favor and leave the people wanting more when it comes to social media. Use it sparingly, like salt. A little salt on your meal can enhance the flavors of the dish. If you dump too much salt on your dinner suddenly its enough to make you gag. Thats exactly how social media works. A little bit goes a long way!
Michele is a former St. Louis Rams Cheerleader living in St. Louis. Follow Michele from the sidelines of the NFL to the sidelines of the modern dating world.