Nowadays, people clamour for their right to a private life, for example by objecting to being photographed in public places. Some celebrities request that their children's faces appear pixelated in the newspapers. Yet these same celebs don't object to exposing
themselves in various stages of undress or in compromising situations. Celebrities as well as many ordinary people may surrender to this tacit pressure to be noticed at all costs. Everyone seems to be seeking more than their allotted 'fifteen minutes of fame'.
Many people over-share on their social media, whether on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, in an effort for 'exposure'. They open the doors to their home, their bed, their life. Nothing is left unsaid or un-displayed. Every private moment is offered for public consumption, wilfully. But shouldn't private moments be kept private, to be remembered and cherished later?
Wouldn't it be more fun to enjoy the party right now rather then taking time out to share every photo of it on social media?
Isn't it better to keep your love life private instead of plastering cringing details all over the place?
So, before revealing too much on your social networks, stop for a second and ask yourself the following:
- Are the contents of your post better kept private?
- Are you proud of the photos you're about to share or would they make your mother recoil in horror?
- Is the language you're using one that would make you proud tomorrow once you've calmed down?
- Do your followers really want to see yet another one of your selfies?
One of the tenets of elegance, which I mention in "How To Be Chic & Elegant", is to keep an air of mystery. Restraint seems to be a dirty word at the moment. However, a little goes a long way in all sorts of situations, and it goes for social media too. Remember, less is definitely more.
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