Do you plus one yourself or do you cringe at those who plus themselves? What does where you stand on hitting the Plus One button on your own Google posts say about your personality?
Thou Shalt Not Plus Thyself and Plussing Unto Others
The ten commandments were written before the birth of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, so apparently God wants us to figure out the right and wrong of plusses and likes for ourselves. Two well-respected authorities, social media consultants Mike Allton of www.thesocialmediahat.com, and Jason T. Wiser of www.ontracktips.com, differ on plussing their own Google Plus posts. Mike Allton believes in patting himself on the back once in a while with a plus, while Jason T. Wiser feels it would be vain for him to plus his own posts. Another social media expert, Dustin Stout of www.dustn.tv, thinks plussing yourself isn’t wrong, and takes it a step further, believing that resharing your own post isn’t a sin either. There are strong opinions surrounding this click, and upon examination, I would argue they align with a person’s attitudes toward life and love in general.
Let’s analogize for a minute that the Google Plus One (or Facebook’s Like) button is a digital way of sharing love. Love me-plus me-like me-oooh baby, it feels so good! There are as many different styles of love as there are views on the proper use of these social media buttons. Can demographic groups, personality types, love styles, and plussing be correlated? If I applied for a big money research grant (are you considering it now?), do you think behavior studies would bear out the following hypotheses?
Social Media Personalities and Plussing Tendencies
- Demographic Group: Baby boomers
- Personality Traits/Love Style: Modest and reserved. They don’t freely tell children and family they love them, but expect them to know it intuitively.
- Plussing Behavior: Being raised to value modesty and humility, they’ll think plussing yourself is vain and hedonistic. Reserved, modest people will feel embarrassed and guilty for tooting their own horn with a plus button. Raised with old-fashioned notions about self-pleasure, they would perhaps even feel dirty afterward. Plussing others is based on merit alone.
- Demographic Group: Hippies from the 60’s and 70’s
- Personality Traits/Love Style: Give love to get love / Free love
- Plussing Behavior: These people will freely and selflessly give others plusses, and believe that their appreciation will be more than reciprocated by people plussing their posts in return. Self-plussing therefore seems unnecessary to them.
- Demographic Group: The Me generation
- Personality Traits/Love Style: It’s all about me / Narcissistic love
- Plussing Behavior: Narcissists will often plus themselves, They will only rarely plus another when they think it benefits themselves to do so.
Obviously, I’m overgeneralizing these demographic groups. The point is that the definition of right and wrong in social media behavior will differ as much as people do. I could go on and on about how religious, political, moral, and other factors impact social media behavior, but it’s beyond the scope of this blog. I’d be happy to use your taxpayer money to study the issue further though. If you don’t want the government to waste your money with me, feel free to sound off with a comment.
Written by Dana Altman