“Im not a businessman, I’m a business, man!”
We have been forced to think that if you want to be successful, you have to be a brand. All of you and your actions are a brand; You are no longer an individual. Personally, it doesn’t go with me.
I can’t relate to the pressure you must have regarding social media, they have made it an intrinsic part of your work. Although I will say companies checking your social media accounts in order to consider you as a potential candidate blows my mind (They even analyze what type of profile picture you have before even considering it).
Anyways, I’m a 26 years old guy from Costa Rica and I don’t need social media at all, that’s the truth. I’ve seen what “stressing for likes” or “what people might think about my picture or post” looks like (friends and family), someone following you just so they unfollow you as soon as you follow them (happened recently with someone I thought had more class lol), “follow-unfollow-follow-unfollow-etc” as a “NOTICE ME! AND FOLLOW ME!”, etc. and to be honest it makes me sick because it clashes with my personality, who I am, and yet I choose to use it.
I choose to use it because I found people like you, Maude, Trisha Hershberger, Sam Bashor, Reina Scully, Chris Stuckmann, Philip DeFranco, etc. who not only I enjoy their work but I consider them real, not a persona, and I can consider them my friends. I don’t get the chance to see you or them in person (you know, as friends do), the distance is real, social media let’s me hang out with all of you. I get to interact with people that have similar interests as me, have interesting discussions or teach me more about something (I like movies and Star Wars but I’m no connoisseur). Social media “consumes” a lot of my time but it’s a time well spent.
The important thing is that social media is a tool and it doesn’t have to change who you are for worst (Kids, don’t use your phones when you are interacting with someone in person, that’s disrespectful. For example, at a restaurant).
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that our well-being as a person comes first.
Love your work, Alicia, however it’s delivered.