We are all familiar with the shadow person that appears on social media when the user has not uploaded a photograph on their profile page. You could interpret the empty space as the person’s inability to work social media or mere laziness – they can’t be bothered to find a suitable photo to stick in the box. One that represents who they are.
The empty box as pictured above, certainly does not say who you are and obviously it does not confirm for me what you look like. It is a void, a space and allows me to draw any conclusions that I want to about you.
And there lays the problem. I tend to draw negative conclusions about you. Are you really who you say you are? Worse still, you want to see what other people are doing on social media but are not prepared to commit even one photo of yourself. In my mind this equates with ‘stalker’ type tendencies. I so dislike the lack of a profile picture that I actually refuse to be friends with or interact with these shadow images online.
Whether we like it or not social media and the internet are part of how we now communicate. Employers check to see what your online presence is like. And it may come as a surprise, but the lack of engagement on social media is as worrying as the person who has no regard for the very good privacy settings that most online sites offer. Facebook was conceived in March 1997 and so if you are at school now – you are younger than FB and more than likely to have had an account on it. And if not that, then Instagram or Snapchat or Twitter. If you dislike all of those then you should at least consider having an account on Linkedin.
My message is quite simply:
Control what you put on the internet, it is an open view into who you are. So make it positive and include a photograph!