I sat next to someone at a dinner recently who very confidently said “Oh I only use Linkedin – Facebook is a complete waste of time”. The degree of confidence and venom with which this statement was delivered belied something deeper. What is the reason for such a strong aversion to Facebook? Why does it matter so much that she felt the need to put it down so vehemently – to put distance between herself and Facebook? What was she so afraid of? What was she hiding, perhaps even from herself?
I know I am as guilty as anyone, if not more so, of making pronouncements about things. It is easy to fall into the trap of defining ourselves as much by what we are not as by what we are. Being aware matters if we don’t want to hide from ourselves.