FACT: Every time you enter a conversation, with every word you say … every sentence you speak … the person listening is JUDGING YOU based on what comes out of your mouth.
Every day, people make assumptions about your intelligence, your education and your capabilities by the words you use.
We are all guilty of judging others … and with the anti-social nature of social media, it’s only getting worse.
Have you watched the Black Mirror series on Netflix? It’s a fascinating British Sci-Fi anthology that centers around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly around the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.
One of the most poignant and creepy episodes imagines a future where the entire population has an app that enables you to rate every individual you encounter, like the way, you rate Uber drivers and they rate you.
If you think about it, with social media we are already creeping eerily close to this system. We all judge people’s posts on Facebook. I am not saying it’s right, it’s just human nature.
If you are a regular social media poster, the scary truth is that you are being judged by hundreds possibly thousands of people. You know what I am talking about. We have all hid that annoying person on Facebook who constantly goes on incoherent political rants and tirades. In addition to hiding them, I also lose respect for them and think less of them.
But, let me make an important distinction: I don’t hide them because they are discussing politics. I hide them because they are incoherently rambling. In fact, I have several friends who post political opinions radically different from my own, but because they are articulate and eloquent in their posts, I still respect them and read what they have to say.
Although technically there’s not an app today that allows people to rate you; your public communication – and appearance – is being judged every day. It’s more important now than ever that you are deliberate and hyper-aware how you articulate your thoughts and ideas on social media (especially LinkedIn, which can directly impact your current employment security and future career prospects).
If you are like most people, you want to be perceived as an intelligent person with an educated and insightful point of view … versus the opposite :/ Which means it’s important to remember that every time you post on social media, people make assumptions about your intelligence, your education and your capabilities by the words you use. So, be more selective and deliberate with your vocabulary.
Written by Greg Ragland, President, CEO of CommEdge LLC producers of Vocabulary Zone and the corresponding Vocabulary Certifications: College Preparedness, Ph.D. Vocabulary and Executive Level Vocabulary