“Just was gifted some amazing Jimmy Choos!”
“Lounging in Greece by the pool, the weather is fantastic — and so is the food”
“My blog just reached over 10,000 followers!”
…You know those status updates.
In an age where a Facebook status, a Twitter update, an Instagram photo, a Foursquare check-in, and a blog update can all happen with the click of a button, talking about ourselves is simpler than ever.
But does that simplicity promote over usage? And really — do we talk about ourselves too much?
In an article recently posted on the Wall Street Journal called “Are We All Braggarts Now?,” the author dissects how, in this digital age, humbleness is thrown out the window — and, for the most part, we don't even realize it.
With advances in the Internet, and more specifically social media, bragging is now self-marketing, self-branding tool, and it's even more accessible (from our computers, tablets, smart phones).
The author points out that the art of bragging has gone beyond social media, infiltrating our television sets with reality TV, and blames the heavy dip in the economy in part, since we as a society now have to demonstrate what is attractive about us in many different facets.
But isn't bragging a turnoff? So, why do we do it? Because we can, because it's easy, and because people will listen.
The article also notes, “…talking about ourselves feels good. According to the results of a series of experiments conducted by Harvard University neuroscientists and published in May in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the reward areas of our brain—the same areas that respond to ‘primary rewards' such as food and sex—are activated when we talk about ourselves. We devote between 30% and 40% of our conversation time to doing just that, according to the study, which didn't focus on boasting specifically, but on self-disclosure.”
“It's become a phenomenon where if someone posts a status update and 500 people see it and no one objects, it must be true,” said Jennifer Mirsky, 45, a digital content strategist in New York the WSJ.
As fashion bloggers, we pose and take photos of ourselves in outfits to make a living, are we the ultimate braggarts?
According to the article, maybe yes and maybe no. Bragging involves excessive pride and comparison, whether it is blatant or implied.
Do you think we talk about ourselves too much in this digital age?
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