With 58,425,492 photos tagged with #selfie on Instagram, selfies have become a significant trend. Various people across the globe irrespective of social or political status enjoy selfies. Everyone is participating in the #selfie game.
Through our selfies, we have a chance to capture the essence of ourselves and portray the image we want the world to see us in. And, we have people liking and commenting their approval of on our display of identity.
However, it is also important to consider the irrevocable damage that selfies are capable of causing if not handled properly.
Selfies are making a killing. Not just figuratively, but also literally. According to Adweek, more people died from taking selfies than shark attacks in 2015.
Despite that fact, 1,000 selfies are posted on Instagram every second and the average millennial is expected to take more than 25,000 selfies during their lifetime. That’s a lot of self-promotion going on.
By promoting yourself, you will gain the attention you seek but bear in mind that your friends and family are not the only ones stalking you online. In 2017, 42 percent of cyberbully victims reported that Instagram was the weapon of choice.
Besides your enemies, your employers and future employers are scanning your social media profiles too. Some companies even went as far as monitoring employee social media content with social media policies.
Job-seekers that posts at least five selfies a day have a lower chance to be recruited for a job. One in five job-seekers being disqualified from an interview and 40 percent of companies performing social media research on job candidates. Which means that your digital and physical personas are viewed as the same.
We all know how tough the job market has become these days. With higher education and qualification demands from companies, don’t let your obsessive selfies be your downfall. Lucky for you, there are some ways to combat this selfie epidemic that will keep you in good standing.
4 Ways to Avoid Selfie Sabotage:
1. Keep your selfies few and far in between
- When you are not posting endless selfies on social media, you’re perceived as someone who leads a busy life. But posting a selfie every once in a while shows that you are hip to the selfie trend.
2. Keep your content clean
- A simple rule of thumb to follow: If you wouldn’t show the picture to your grandmother, then it doesn’t need to be on your social media.
3. Keep work selfie-free
- Unless your job is to post selfies at work, it’s in your best interest not to post selfies on the work clock. Your employer won’t like the fact that you are sharing your new tie instead of tying up that report that’s due at 3.
4. Keep your personal life off of social media
- Your life stops being private the minute you post it on social media. So you can’t be upset that the recruiter found your “personal posts” when you were the one that shared it on social media for the world to see.
Unfortunately, we are living in a time where our digital and physical identities are combined. Social media is not only a platform for self-expression, but it’s also a place for self-sabotage if we aren’t careful. Posting tons of “hot” selfies doesn’t communicate confidence, but it is perceived as the exact opposite from employers and job recruiters. Don’t let your digital selfies lead to your physical demise.