HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Self-concept (prompt #5)


The three main types of social media I generally use in order of usage are Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. I have not posted recently on Instagram, but when I do they are either pictures of my family, me, or what I did that day. On Snapchat, it’s typically the same deal but a bit more activity. At times when I eat something that is very appealing, I will snap a quick picture and share it on my story that my followers can see what I am about to eat. I try to keep what I say maintained because future job opportunities may be on the line and also because of people’s feelings. Nowadays, we have to be careful because anything that we say online can be taken personally for various reasons. If a current or future employer were to use social media to investigate me, the impressions they would form about me would be positive ones. I actually made a Facebook because I learned from a presenter that jobs will hire people that are rounded and that almost instantly they will turn to Facebook to see what your life is like and what you say about others. I wouldn’t change much about how I perceive myself online other than the fact that I don’t really stay updated with social media as much. If I trace my activity back to middle school when I first made Facebook and an Instagram, those accounts have been deleted. When I was active on those accounts, I did not say negative or mean comments to people that were saying things. The way that I speak to people face to face is just how I would talk to them online. I do not try to be a tougher person that I really am online. How someone perceives themselves online is very important because once they hit the send button, it’s game over.

2 thoughts on “Self-concept (prompt #5)

  1. I completely agree with you about the importance of how someone perceives you online. We should always be our best selves online and offline to set good examples for our family, friends, and potential job hirers. I also do not post much on social media nor do I post anything that could be taken badly. I like how you said it is “game over” once you hit a send button; it is very true. Once we put something out there we can never undo it.

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  2. I’m the same way when it comes to posting. I post family pictures, selfies and what I eat. I’ve also never said anything negative to others for the same reason you mentioned ” anything that we say online can be taken personally for various reasons” and some people do not realize that it can affect them tremendously in the future.

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