“The digital proxies for our real world selves” @Kashhill

This is how Kashmir Hill is calling our various profiles, traces and accounts: the digital proxies for our real world selves.

Nice expression, I find, almost poetic. In her article on Forbes the other day, she recommends to make sure that you make sure that your privacy setting on facebook etc. are well set, especially as you apply for a job, so that (potential) employers cannot ‘sneak around’. And if you follow the comments, it seems indeed that some companies do that  – sneaking you out.

I have not finished thinking about this: On the one hand side, I have this ideal of teams at work who are just themselves, no matter if they are at home, on the street or at a party. In that case, no one would need to hide anything. That is respect for people.

On the other hand, you might have a rare fetish, have some friends or relatives who regularly cross the lines of taste (and yet you love them), and it is just not necessary that this becomes the topic of the water cooler (or your development plan)…. yeah, I guess there is a good reason for privacy settings, just that you can stay focussing on work during daytimes.

A third hand (I am indeed able to have multiple opinions on one topic), I can imagine situations where you are stuck with an employer who really does not respect you as a person. In that case, making any  ‘digital proxy’ unavailable to that employer seems the only way to go. It’s likely that you then also do other things to avoid being seen.  Only – in that case, chances are that your real world self will also soon start to shut down. Because — how can you stay mentally healthy and engaged if you need to constantly switch “selves”?

So my advice is: if there is ANY chance, be selective about your employer, and make sure that you stay ONE person and maintain a good self respect.

#definishn #”borderline personality disorder“: if your linkedIn profile contradicts your facebook presence and none of that has anything to do with YOU.