Acting like a star seems to be the trend of the digital era. Most users post continuously, count ‘like’ received, and if they don’t get enough likes they get sad. This behaviour -a sort of routine for us - represents an addiction, an uncontrolled exhibitionism.
Photos, thoughts, moods, videos that capture important moments or even banalities are shared in our timeline. Then evaluated depending on the numbers of likes received. In digital psychology that called “social narcissism”
What happens when you don’t receive as much like as you hoped? We strive to find the exact words or an engaging photo or a funny personal news just to gain comments and replies. But you still don’t feel satisfied with them. It makes you feel upset, stressed, nervous. Have you have experienced this? That’s called “social media blues”
At the end of this module you will be able to:
carry out an auto-analysis of your own digital behaviour to avoid digital narcissism
being less self-referential when it comes to act in digital spaces
be familiar with phoenomenon such as social media blues
This unit would provide you with useful information to recognise self-referentiality and become aware of your own behaviour on social networks
Stop being always connected. Fix a number of hours in which you are online. If you are always connected you would post news in your timeline even when you don’t want just not to break the chain
Keep in mind that actions matter more than words. Try not to do a ‘marketing of yourself’ and to show off using only words but give proven facts. People will be driven by your actions, not simply by your statements.
Don’t fill your feed with a lot of photos or images;
Don’t show off your projects or lifestyle. Your followers may find it unpleasant
Keep focused and create an open dialogue (not a monologue), tell your behind-the-scene fatigue and your difficulties: it creates engagement