Today we live in a culture of trends: the media and celebrities are simply tripping all over each other trying to find the next big thing. Social media is no exception as well and the places we spend so much time in our day are flooded with messages that could roughly be divided into very particular cliques. The question is: are these messages really as harmless as they look?
My point in particular today is about work-related images. I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while because I am noticing a really big boom in that particular trend and frankly, it kind of worries me. Here’s what I mean…
Have you seen images in FB, IG or elsewhere like the ones below:
Yes, I have too. And all of those are randomly selected off the internet, so I own nothing (thank goodness…). It seems to me that these are very “in” these days. What’s wrong with that? Our brain is a funny thing sometimes: it is very literal in the messages it perceives and is really bad at discerning irony. If we strip down the irony of the above images, however, the thing we are left with is a blurry image of a person that really hates what they do… And these pics get twice as many likes as charity appeals, which is sad…
Basically, my message in this post is that we should try to be more weary of messages like this, and see below their amusing façade. We are hardwired to absorb information on a very basic level and sometimes, quite literally, we can put ourselves down without even knowing it. And by telling ourselves (via the images we like and share) that we hate what we do and/or who we are, we are doing exactly that; so, you can’t really expect Monday to be a good day for you if you hate what you’re doing (another pointless trend, by the way). Look closely and try to think about what message you, personally want to give out: to others and to yourself, before you hit like. Think about it: is this really who you want to be? The signals you send to your own brain here are very real and can affect your emotions and attitude in a very tangible way.
And another thing: messages like this really prompt us to think that this is OK, simply because others are liking and sharing them too. And, as we know, we people are social to the bone so, we tend to think something must be good if others are doing it. The truth is, it’s not OK. It’s not OK to think you’re a part of the tribe just because you brag about how much you hate your job. Because saying it leads you to thinking it; and because down the line, you might very well become a member of another tribe: the anti-depressant one. It’s not OK, because this false feeling of security makes you think it’s acceptable to squirm and squint at a job you hate for the rest of your life instead of moving your butt and finding one you love (or at least like). It’s not OK because you’re adding misery to your own day on a subconscious level that is really hard to catch until it blows up in your face.
So, next time you’re faced with messages like this, just stop and think if you really want to give it a thumbs up. Really. Or if, in a world of trends, you’d rather be a classic.