Today I’m going to talk about the internet social and business networks.
It seems like every one of us tries to build an image. A better one.
On Facebook, most people try to make as many “friends” as possible. 100, 500, 1000, 5000!
I’ve never heard of anyone having more than 100 real life friends, let alone 5000!
What is the mentality behind this hunger for friends? And why do we constantly try to increase their numbers?
The answer is: because we want attention.
We want other to see how many friends we have and to respect us. In order to feel appreciated. And eventually feel happy.
On LinkedIn, which is mainly a network for professionals, people try to look as professional as possible.
Suit, tie, a collection of connections and endorsements and as many titles as we can.
MBA, PhD, Dr, CEO are some of the most respected titles. Some (dare I say: all?) even go as far as doing a PhD or MBA for the sole purpose of impressing potential clients and employers.
For example, what does “Senior Mortgage Lending Officer, Lending & SME’s Analysis” mean? I don’t know.
What I know is that behind all those titles and fancy descriptions is a person, a real person, who wants attention, who wants to be appreciated and to be successful. And eventually feel happy.
I can see that as clear as day.
All of us are like that. At our core, we just want to be happy.
And each of us takes the path that we think is best in order to achieve that happiness.
Instead of simply being happy.