Can social media and being public mix when you have to work for a living?
July 27, 2012 8:00 AM Subscribe
Can social media, humor, and being public mix when you have a job?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Paranoid Pete here. I have, or I should say had, FB, Twitter accounts (deleted the Twitter). Once I get going, I like to be immature with my humor. The humor isn't racist, arrogant, or abusive. More like 12 year old fart humor quips, etc. However, the problem is that I like hearing from others--kind of a social release per sey, so for example my Twitter went from private to public and immediately I got responses because I made others laugh too.
The problem is that once I get going with the humor and boredom at work sets in, I commit the cardinal sin and then start using social media at work. I know, I know, STUPID. However, it's also a creative outlet for me since I get stressed out, bored, and anxious. At work there is zero creativity, humor, logic, etc. So I deleted my account fearing that I would get fired since we have a limited amount of people with clearance to use social media. And it's not just this job, but if I think about it, any job after a while. Work is about work, serious, etc. and well, I just can't that from 9-5 all the time.
But now there is a void of creativity, having fun, feeling less stressed while at the same time, I'm absolutely paranoid about showing up to work tomorrow thinking that me posting within the last two days is going to get me fired. Again, I never post about my job, anything offensive, some NSFW language but I'm also not sexting or anything like that (swearing, immature humor). I have since deactivated Twitter including deleting a lot of the tweets. For FB, that has always remained private access but I do post at work although less humorless (more like sharing links, commenting on friends' posts). All of my friends know my humor so it's not like I feel like I have to be funny 24/7 for them. But with Twitter, I noticed immediately it was all about connecting and laughing with strangers.
So here it is 2 am and I'm freaking out I'm going to get fired. But at the same time I'm also burned out to the max where the social media gives me a release and makes me feel human again. I don't have a problem being private for FB but with Twitter it seems pointless to be private when the goal is to just talk to various people and connect with humor.
And no, I don't want to join a comedy club or some Second City troop. In reality, I'm funny in my writing and once you really get to know me. Verbally and in a stage/public setting, probably not. The situation is more like I rather be a writer at Comedy Central than to be Jon Stewart but honestly, that would never happen so I resort to my Twitter.