“Is this comment what they really think about me?”, “How about posting this image for a post?”, “Should I use this caption and filter with my image?”, etc.
In this social media rooted superficial world created by us, our daily updates or posts on our channels have become a way of proving your significance in others’ lives.
Your dank and dark memes are a visual representation of you being funny while sharing an IT-cell based post is a means of telling your political alignment.
Who are we to question anything you post? Or are we?
When social media burst onto the scene, things were pretty normal. With the evolution of this connecting medium, things gradually moved from being good to anxious.
Earlier, posting some funny joke related to some current situation was a tongue-in-cheek moment; but, now, it is a war of words regarding “how can you post/say this?” along with different kinds of emoticons to express your rage or reaction on that particular social media channel.
What’s more, is that people put more effort into these things by directly messaging you to start a whole new level of confrontation. Besides, at the end of all this, this is totally your choice how maturely you want to deal or to ridicule the arguing person. You can either let him go or you can spread screenshots of your chat with different people, or, best, beat his image and self-respect on the social media channel by spreading the chat you two “personally had”? Totally your choice!
Understanding this, we can clearly see that people have become more instinctive. Thus it comes as no surprise if they give a great deal of importance to something the other person is doing on the internet.
Caution: the need of the hour
Besides, this importance becomes caution when it comes to posting a profile picture. Be it Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or, the recent addition, the dating apps, you need to be extra careful of your photo that you are putting out, which is also a virtual representation of your image.
If Facebook and Instagram provide you a platform to represent your “true-self” then LinkedIn is a platform where you attract the attention of many employers as highlighting yourself as a bright prospect for your and their future. Hence making your profile picture a mode of making a good impression on others.
In this world, we depend mostly on non-verbal communication. The text we send and the etiquettes we display while texting, since we cannot predict or see the expression, tone and different facets of the conversation, help us understand what kind of person our communicator is. However, the same cannot be said in a virtual social world!
In the virtual world, instead of judging someone by text, we tend to form an impression by the picture in front of us. Over time, people have started to spend a good amount of time on computers or mobile devices. As a result of that, the way they judge is more instinctive and is based on the skills of the cameraman taking your photo. Yes it does! If your image is blurry then either your camera or mobile is not of good quality or you don’t have the dexterity to shoot something nice.
Hints given by your image
Whether you know this or not but the other person does! Your profile image provides hints both open and hidden.
Your efforts at impression management are classified as open hints. This can include you wearing sunglasses, or holding a cigar, or doing n-number of things, this gives the viewer an impression that you are deliberately trying those stuff to garner their attention, which may not be the case while you decided to click it.
Hidden hints signify the abstract part of your image/personality. For instance, if you take an image tilting your head with a smile or a thinking expression, this projects your dependence over someone. Images taken from a distance highlights the insecurities that you are trying to hide.
Though the cases may differ in every case yet these images softly provide about the person concerned. Besides, you may call it a worse part or the best, these images influence our success in making any impression. This may include your chance of missing out on a relationship with your crush!
To conclude, we can say that in this digital age which is far distant from reality, people today value your photo more than your real self. These images may not speak but they are strong messengers who can make and break your chance in a matter of seconds. Even if you are opting to get photographed professionally, you may need to find a photographer who can add authenticity instead of slickness in your photograph.