The constant bragger.
You know who we are talking about…those people on social media who use of false modesty as a context to tell you just how great they are on an ongoing basis. We all know those people who take to social media to post about ANY small accomplishment in their life. (Insert eye roll here) Whether it’s your friends, acquaintances or the people that serial post in every Facebook group they are a part of!
As a society, it seems people are too wrapped up in image and how people perceive them. And don’t get us wrong, we applaud some amazing accomplishments and want to share in our friend’s achievements, but when does it cross the line to be flat out boasting?
Social media has turned into a modern day confessional! We don’t need to know about every person that thinks you’re wonderful, or every great phone call you’ve had, because you know what, when you do actually have some big news, it’s going to be minimalised because were sick of hearing about every other wonderful aspect of your life.
We actually think being a constant bragger on social media can hurt your image. But has social media actually given people a platform and permission to constantly brag about their accomplishments? Or maybe the constant braggers don’t know they’re doing it? Nah, they do.
Here’s an example of a serial bragger.
“Just got off the phone to xyz who was referred to me by zyx as they said I’m the best in the industry. Aww shucks.” Eye roll.
“Just got off the phone to xyz who was referred to me by zyx as they said I’m the best in the industry. Aww shucks.” No, this isn’t a typo, it’s because they’ve gone and posted it in a Facebook group.
“Just got off the phone to xyz who was referred to me by zyx as they said I’m the best in the industry. Aww shucks.” Definitely not another typo, it’s been posted in another Facebook group! You get the picture.
So, what can we do, to ensure we aren’t a constant bragger? It’s ok to share if you’ve won an award, congrats, it is very exciting for YOU. Just make sure you congratulate others when they win awards as well. “Pat yourself on the back but pat others harder.” Also watch the amount of times you use “I” in your sentence. Apparently the less we use it the more self-assured we seem.
We’re all for people wanting to tell everyone about their great accomplishments and we for sure want to hear them. It’s important to feel proud about what you’ve achieved. But there is a fine line between constantly telling the world “Check me out I’m f#%&ing the best!