I should in the interest of full disclosure state that I have never posted any workout related Facebook material.
|Me being Awesome at the top of Pinnacle Peak|
OK, I have. But I really don't think the takeaway from the article was: if you post fitness selfies you ARE a narcissist.
|Me being Awesome dragging my sled|
I think the point that can be taken is that we should ask ourselves what our motivation is for sharing things on social media. I do know several people that have told me my running posts have inspired them to start running. That warms my heart. I've also had several people confess that they un-followed me (or un-friended me) because it was just "look at me running" and "look at this awesome place I ran at" and "look at how awesome I am." Although I'm not that sure what they are talking about.
|Not just being Awesome but looking Awesome at the comrades finish|
|All the stuff between these hands is Awesome! (sorry Aaron)|
|My Awesome shirt!|
|Gordy agrees. I'm Awesome. #NotReally|
So if you post your 5 mile run and you are more than happy to have 100 people "like" it and 25 people call you "beast mode" you should also be willing to accept the person that says "5 miles isn't that far" or "is this really something that needs to be on Facebook." You can't say "Don't judge me, unless you think I'm Awesome! *Note: Race Directors....this applies to you too. If you are fine with being blown by 100's of satisfied runners you can't bitch about those runners that want to post about their disappointments too.
I think it would be a mistake to simply say "this article is dumb" or "I'm not a narcissist!!" Instead, I think it gives us some food for thought about our relationship with social media. No, I'm not saying over-think it. No, I'm not saying change what you do per se. But I think we could all learn a lot by looking into our behaviour, especially on social media, asking ourselves why we do what we do and making sure that we are being honest with yourselves and the Facebookland. This is especially so as more and more of our life begins to be lived virtually.
Next up for me, crewing and pacing at the Leadville as part of training for the Bear100 while trying to pump out a healthy dose of podcasts. :)