What You See ≠ What You Get

kasey corrado | social cues | april 2017

I'm not afraid to admit I creep on social media. A lot. I have mentioned before that I sometimes have to play dumb when people tell me things about their lives because I've already realized that via their Instagram feed. You can learn a LOT about someone from checking out their profiles. And since I'm on a variety of social media channels all day long at my job, I somehow end up getting an even more comprehensive look at people I kind of, only slightly know but am connected to on Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc.

So … that made me start thinking about what people would gather about ME if they were looking at my profiles. It's pretty easy to tell that I am a part of Let Me Be Frank Productions (because I don't post about that at all … sarcasm), the fact that I am engaged, the fact that I love Beauty and the Beast and that I'm a fan of “The Bachelor" franchise. Wow, that really makes me sound like a well-rounded and intelligent individual. Haha.

But what don't I share via social media? Here is a list of five things you wouldn't know about me by my Facebook (or Instagram, Twitter, YouTube channel, etc.)

1. How wild I got this weekend — Spoiler alert, I've never been a big party girl. I was the girl perfectly content with drinking diet coke with no mixer at a party in college. Seriously. Don't get me wrong, I love to have a good time and my beverage of choice is Miller Lite – because I'm a classy girl like that. But, a long time ago I realized that social media and alcohol don't mix well. I kind of figured from a young age that I would just regret it years in the future if I had a bunch of pictures on Facebook with hooded eyes, not being able to stand up straight. Not judging, just saying.

2. If I had a bad day — I learned my lesson on this one. When social media first came onto the scene, I used to be pretty bad at immediately resorting to venting on social media if I was upset. I'm human and trust me; I have bad days (and good days!) just like everyone. I've just realized that posting about it on social media isn't really going to get me anywhere. I mean I might maybe receive a sympathy “like" from a girl I met once at a networking event four years ago. That's clearly super meaningful, right?

3. My political point of view — this is a touchy subject. I have several friends, co-workers and family members that are very, VERY liberal or very, VERY conservative. It's quite the understatement to say social media has been a source of political volatility over the last year. I will actively engage in a political conversation in person or even in a one-on-one online chat forum (email, messenger, etc.) where I can do it respectfully and with a level of maturity. However, I personally don't feel like social media is the right place for me to spout off my opinions. More power to you if you do, but it's not the right venue for me.

4. My fitness goals — I have come across several people who openly state their fitness goals as if their social media profile is a food diary or exercise log. I completely understand that putting it “out there" can provide a sense of accountability. But I just don't have the desire or energy to put it out there for everyone to see. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Facebook or it didn't count?" It basically means unless you put it in the social media world and have proof, something didn't “really" happen. Trust me, I ran my miles for my training plan regardless if I posted about it or not.

5. Every in and out of my relationship — I am a sucker for posting a good photo of my fiancé and me together. I'm not going to sit here and pretend I don't fall into showcasing that I'm in a happy relationship with a perfectly chosen filter sometimes … but I am fully aware that the depiction of my relationship is just that, a depiction. I like doing things that are just for us, without the added pressure of showing how in love we are via social media. We can go on a date without posting about it. We can make decisions about our wedding without sharing every detail with our social networks. We can make dinner together or get each other a gift without constantly sharing it.

Kasey Corrado is a Social Media Director for Lawrence University by day and a member of Let Me Be Frank Productions by night. When she isn't updating Facebook or singing a 1970s classic, she enjoys running, cooking, questioning final rose picks on “The Bachelor" and planning overly extravagant trips to Disney.

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