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OMG, Add Me on LinkedIn?!

Now that we are…how shall I say…older, we are evolving in our social media standards.

First, our generation was judging incisively on MySpace. Then, luckily, Facebook entered our lives and saved some – only some – of our humanity. Instagram crept into our lives, igniting our competitiveness for the ‘coolest’ filtered photo. Snapchat made us realize how annoying people were with their incessant need to send snaps of their food. Thanks for helping my diet, jerks.

Now, LinkedIn is the new and coolest thing for us twentysomething, young adults. It is definitely the one social media account we should be using (seriously). This is a great way to stay in touch with professional connections and find new ones. You can also look for job postings and search companies on this site, which is great for you poor (literally) unfortunate souls.

Blog1But there are a few thoughts that will cross your mind as you begin this phase in your life. A lot of self-judgment will occur, and in retrospect, you’re going to have some regrets of how little you actually did with your life up until now. Sorry, but best of luck!

  1. Cool, I get to make a new profile

Oh wait…I have no real experience or past work. I look like a lazy brat now.

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  1. Oo, I can upload a profile picture

Which shall I use: the totally not-sober one from senior year shenanigans or the ratchet one of me dying from heat
stroke at a football game? Let’s face it, no one has real headshots already done…that requires money.

  1. The skills section should be easy

Wait, what kind of skills are these? Excel, Leadership, and Management? What happened to eating, sleeping, and
being frugal? (You will begin to question even the most basic skills you think you have…like spelling)

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  1. Profile is complete

This is the most boring profile of myself. I look like an eighteen-year-old, who has to repeat senior year.

  1. Finding connections

Oh I know her! Woah…she’s done that much with her life so far? Liar. Fraud. Still, she makes me look bad, so I will
not be requesting her.

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  1. Someone looked at my profile!

Wait a minute, you can see who looks at your profile? I’m suddenly regretting my stalking. Why didn’t someone tell me
first?!

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  1. What the heck are second connections?

Too much brain power is needed for this ‘social media’ site. My brain has the hurts.

  1. Can this be like a dating site, too?

Finally found a nice professional-ish photo; not one of those ‘professional’ shots that include the perfected deer-in-
the-headlights look, old-lady hair style, and shoulder-padded suit. Time to scout out the cutest connections!

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If you do not have a LinkedIn profile yet, take these points as warnings. Go out and do some stuff with your time and fill up that resume! If you already do have a LinkedIn profile, you understand what a mental struggle this point in life really is.

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xOx

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Devil’s Advocate

I recently read an article on Life Buzz titled, 15 Things You Should Give Up to be Happy, credited to Purpose Fairy. It was very eye-opening and compelling. This is an article many people should read, especially stick-up-their-butt type people. You know who you are: controlling, micro-managing, chronically judgmental people.

Although this article laid out many great characteristics to better yourself, I have one suggestion: play devil’s advocate. Everyone has their own opinions and are allowed to firmly believe them, especially here in the United States where that right is largely protected. However, if people take two seconds to think about the other person’s side of things, topics can actually be discussed and not turned into screaming matches. Think about how much you can change about yourself: not always having to be right, not resisting change, stop labeling unknown people/events/things, realizing how pathetic excuses are, and ultimately becoming more capable of empathy (some of these are points made in the article).

Now some critics out there may say these can be weak characteristics in a person. For example, some psychologists say labeling events and people can in some way help a person to make sense of what is going on around them. However, I am specifically talking about stereotyping and labeling in a hurtful way: labeling gays in a derogatory manner, labeling people with psychological problems, labeling people who are just a little bit different from you as “weirdos.” If you play devil’s advocate here, you would take a step back and think about what names people would call you. Everyone has something they dislike about themselves. Imagine if everyone you walked by at work, school, at the mall, etc. pointed out this one imperfection. Everyone sees everything, so don’t think you are above anyone.

Secondly, playing devil’s advocate can make you the better person. If you can take a step back and see where the other person is coming from, you truly are better than the other person. This does not mean you have to agree with them, especially on a personal opinion, but it just shows your true intellect if you can understand the perspective of others. If more people did this, conclusions and answers to problems may actually be formed.

Just something I think could make the world a little better. Like I said, it’s only my opinion in this matter, and you may disregard it. Hopefully you can at least understand where I am coming from, though. Thanks for reading and maybe taking something away from this post.

Until the next blog post,

XO

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