Commentary: LinkedIn’s toxic positivity and restless culture create unrealistic job expectations

Today, LinkedIn tends to be seen as a beacon of positivity at a time when social media is being criticized for spreading misinformation, fueling hate and creating divisions.

Facebook and Twitter were born out of a culture of online anonymity, but LinkedIn encourages users to put in their real names, work backgrounds and more, as logic dictates. This ensured an unspoken code of conduct on LinkedIn.

There’s no doubt that LinkedIn is a great space to connect with like-minded, top-performing industry professionals who could offer mentorship, advice, and contacts that will help you move up the career ladder. .

There are dozens of contacts on LinkedIn whose posts have given me food for thought and helped me understand the things that impact my career.

But human instincts and crowd dynamics are hard to eliminate. Similar to other platforms, LinkedIn encourages social comparisons and one-upmanship — these are simply disguised as positive posts of career wins and “authentic” confessions of personal struggles.

LinkedIn’s feed pretty much gives users that license to humbly broadcast and brag. It’s not that different from Instagram, which encourages you to show off your stay at the W Hotel or your new haircut.

Similarly, LinkedIn encourages people to promote and even exaggerate their professional strengths to suggest that someone is a rock star in their field.

This includes acquiring a new certificate, a promotion, joining a really cool company, or some amazing news that makes others envious.

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