Are We All a Bunch of Braggarts?
Check out this awesome article at the Wall Street Journal about bragging and social media (like, maybe, the Blogosphere would be included?) Are We All Braggarts Now? – WSJ.com.
As Elizabeth Bernstein writes,
Changes in parenting style also play a role. Nowadays, every moment—first day of school, exhausted nap in the back seat of the car—is documented. The problem is that these shared moments can easily come off as crowing about how great Mom and Dad are to have raised such an adorable kid.
We’ve become so accustomed to boasting that we don’t even realize what we’re doing. And it’s harmful to our relationships because it turns people off.
Read the rest here. I remember 25 years ago, being told by an older co-worker to “never say anything negative.”
People don’t like downers, she said. If you say something, make it positive. If someone asks how your trip was, say it was great, even if you spent the entire time indoors eating Dorritos from the vending machine and making up dialogue with the TV turned down.
As for parenting, and as a parent blogger, you have to wonder how all this “look nice Luv, I want to put this picture on Facebook” is warping our kids minds and view of the world. But is there a corollary of “suckitude bragging”? You know, the folks that no matter how bad you’ve got it, they’ve got it one stroke worse?
Anyways. I’ve got to fold laundry while standing on my un-vacuumed carpet while I gaze out the window at my no-longer-weeded garden. I told the kids to get out their pj’s but they ignored me.
There. I hope that made you feel better.