HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

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Self Concept

I’m a millennial, I’m supposed to be obsessed with tweeting and sharing my life story online with anyone willing to hear what I have to say, right? That’s not me though, as I’d rather not post every detail of my life with people I’m not exactly close with. Plus, I know that others are quick to judge the experiences and opinions of others. I’ve seen it first hand, so I’d rather steer clear of that. I strongly believe that what you post reflects your personality and how others will perceive you. Those who post freely with no filters usually act similar to that in reality, speaking without filters. While I’m all for freedom of speech, I know that unfortunately not everyone feels the same way, employers could potentially decide to view a job applicant’s social media profile and decide against hiring them for inappropriate content.  My Instagram, if you happened to browse through it, showcases little aspects of my life I thought would be worthwhile to share. You’d see my little brown eyed fur baby who I absolutely adore and would post about everyday if I could, you’d see that I post about places I’ve traveled to because I love to explore. Future employers could see that I post maybe every other month because I’m usually too busy or too tired to think of a good caption for pictures. They’d see that I post an occasional picture of my boyfriend because at times I feel like being sappy and letting others know that I’m happy. As far as Facebook goes, I’ve never been one to post simply because I’m not entirely interested in using it. I think of Facebook as a way of keeping in touch with distant relatives and for mom’s and dad’s to post embarrassing pictures from the latest family trip. In my opinion, I don’t think that anyone who chooses to view any of my social media profiles would be offended or think badly of me based on what I post or what others post of me. While writing this journal, I decided it would be a good idea to browse through my social media profiles and give them the interview test in which I basically judged my profiles as if I were in a job interview. I came to the conclusion that I don’t have any content that could be found inappropriate by an interviewee.