Self-Important Graduation Posts on LinkedIN

Has anyone else been on LinkedIN lately to see a bunch of posts something along the lines of "Pleased to announce I graduated (honors degree) from (ivy league school) and will spend the next year volunteering to save the sea turtles from racial microaggressions before beginning my job with MBB consulting firm" Attached is picture of this person smiling in a graduation gown in front of a sign for their college or university.

I mean sure those are some accomplishments to be proud of, but this type of thing reeks of someone desperately trying to show the world how great of a person they are. To me it shows a total lack of self-awareness.

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Jun 7, 2017

people that need validation from a digital network are doomed for a life of misery.

we all are proud of our accomplishments, but deep insecurity will cause so many problems long term.

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Jun 7, 2017

the correct answer in my opinion.

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Jun 7, 2017
thebrofessor:

people that need validation from a digital network are doomed for a life of misery.

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Jun 7, 2017

Not a sign of the brofessor requiring bananas for validation. It's just evidence that he contributed a lot to the forum.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Jun 7, 2017

Instagram models and Facebook users with 5,000 friends contribute a lot to society too

But actually, just low hanging fruit/bananas :P I know

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Jun 7, 2017

Give it a couple more years dude, you'll be on that list too. I believe in you.

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

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Jun 7, 2017

Well I appreciate it, kayz08. You've always had my back through thick and thin.

Don't necessarily appreciate the monkey shit I'm covered in from a gentle roast, but I don't blame y'all for coming to thebrofessor's defense.

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Jun 7, 2017

I was actually tryna keep up the banana banter we had recently.

I'm no whiteknight in anyway, and to prove that... I've just given you some MS

P.S This is my first time ever giving you MS, hate to do it but someone has to be the bad guy

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

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Jun 7, 2017

dude if my comment deserves shit, it deserves shit. it's the circle of life on WSO. cheers m8

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Jun 7, 2017

That's why I like you dude.

Soz for the MS, had to prove a point that i wasn't defending thebrofessor lol.

I'll sort you out bro

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

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Jun 7, 2017

I'm up voting all your posts from now on, no reason that got shit

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Jun 7, 2017

I appreciate that but don't know if that's you setting me up to reveal that I derive deep validation from WSO

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Jun 7, 2017

Yeah, the Instagram models contribute to my daily boner count.

'I'm jacked... JACKED TO THE TITS!!'

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Jun 7, 2017

Just petty.

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Jun 7, 2017

I'm being petty? Is this thread escalating?

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Jun 7, 2017

Tou fuckin che bro. I dont need validation from wso. Kids just vote up my posts when I tell them to do sales and not worry about going bald. SB dude

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Jun 7, 2017

he's just poking fun guys no need to throw MS.

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Jun 11, 2017
idaho:
thebrofessor:

people that need validation from a digital network are doomed for a life of misery.

Don't be so quick to judge....
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......maybe he's speaking from experience.

Kidding aside, it's hard to get validation when people don't even know who you are, which is different than publishing things on your LinkedIn page.

Jun 7, 2017

The digital age, although a beautiful thing full of innovation but has bred teens into narcissists and a sad validation requirement via social media... some 13 year olds have like 8,000 Instagram followers.. if you really break that down that's creepy AF

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Jun 7, 2017

One of my model friends has this old (60+) French dude who creeps up on her IG account and literally comments something on the lines of "looking sexy babe :*" everyday since early 2012.

There's another dude, some doctor fellow from some South American shithole, who literally writes frickkin 20-30 lines of poetry on each of her pictures. Some of the creeps really are unbelievable.

I hope Zuckie gets remembered for breeding insecure kids, stalkers and creeps.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Jun 8, 2017

if the doctor fellow were gorgeous, funny, and possibly Adam Sandler, you could turn that into a romcom

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Jun 8, 2017

Reminds me of the Nosedive episode from Black Mirror

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Jun 8, 2017

Aren't we all in some existential way just trying to keep up that 4.8 status?

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Jun 8, 2017

super creepy, and what makes me scratch my head is the fact that (even though at the older end of the spectrum) I'm a millenial, I grew up with AIM, eventually got texting in college, and finally got a blackberry a couple years after graduation, so I get why technology is important.

the distinction comes when you use technology as the sole medium of communication. it's a great add on, and it's made keeping in touch with far flung friends infinitely easier. if it weren't for group chats, I doubt my old roommates and I would talk daily. but it should be left as that: an add-on to enhance the experiences of life.

perfect example, a few weeks back I was at the beach with my wife, caught some surf, and was taking a break while the rest of my in laws arrived and we noticed two young girls coming down to the beach. "college students," I thought, probably enjoying the week after exams before they do whatever they're going to do this summer: work full time, take classes, study abroad, go back home, what a great way to spend some time together without tourists, parents, etc., making me reminisce about those same experiences I had when I was in college. that precious gap between exams and memorial day was sacred. upperclassmen stayed and partied, tourists hadn't yet invaded our beach, and the stress of working 2 part time jobs with taking accounting hadn't yet set in.

the girls plopped down on the beach maybe 50 yards away from us, no one around them, and were giggling and carrying on, like any red blooded human does. they were having fun, so was our crew. and aside from the occasional glance, we were minding our own business. and then the phones came out. out of the corner of my eye I saw that unmistakable selfie arm, that looks about as awkward as Dustin Johnson's wrist cock at the top of what's soon to be a 350 yard drive, or maybe the same position Richard Sherman's hand is in right after batting away yet another ball, but not before his arm has dropped. needless to say, we people watched. the girls did the classic duck face, head cock, ass out shots, very unoriginal repertoire I might add. "cool," I thought, "they're snapping some pictures to laugh at, and then will go back to enjoying this beautiful day." did I mention it was 85, only a smattering of clouds, and a light breeze (pretty perfect)? I was wrong. the entire purpose of this beach visit was to capture some shots for the 'gram, as the girls promptly left immediately after their photo shoot, no more than 5 minutes after they'd arrived. I have to think that 15 minutes later, some guy whose most visited websites are BroBible, PornHub, Total Frat Move, and Vineyard Vines liked her pictures, instead of enjoying the ocean for those last few hours of sunlight.

call me a luddite, call me a curmudgeon, but when technology becomes your life instead of enhancing it...Houston, we have a problem.

mark my words, if there are ever any little brofessors running around, no phones at the dinner table, and playtime will include being outside. you need to scrape your knee and get bitten by ants a few times before you're a well adjusted human being, you can't just be good at a duck face, lumbar lordosis, and photoshop if you want to make it in this world.

/rant

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Jun 9, 2017

Naaa, you're 30+ right? That maketh you GenX kid

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Jun 9, 2017

Millennial start in the 80s I thought

Jun 9, 2017

1984+ to be more exact. That's when shit turned for the worse - the inflection point/

Gen X guys are the ones who are typically born in 1980/1/2/3. Or rather, early Reagan years.
Then Gen Y (Millennials) come up, well until the early 2000s. Then Gen Z (early 2000, currently teens, IG hoes).

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Jun 9, 2017
thebrofessor:

super creepy, and what makes me scratch my head is the fact that (even though at the older end of the spectrum) I'm a millenial, I grew up with AIM, eventually got texting in college, and finally got a blackberry a couple years after graduation, so I get why technology is important.

the distinction comes when you use technology as the sole medium of communication. it's a great add on, and it's made keeping in touch with far flung friends infinitely easier. if it weren't for group chats, I doubt my old roommates and I would talk daily. but it should be left as that: an add-on to enhance the experiences of life.

perfect example, a few weeks back I was at the beach with my wife, caught some surf, and was taking a break while the rest of my in laws arrived and we noticed two young girls coming down to the beach. "college students," I thought, probably enjoying the week after exams before they do whatever they're going to do this summer: work full time, take classes, study abroad, go back home, what a great way to spend some time together without tourists, parents, etc., making me reminisce about those same experiences I had when I was in college. that precious gap between exams and memorial day was sacred. upperclassmen stayed and partied, tourists hadn't yet invaded our beach, and the stress of working 2 part time jobs with taking accounting hadn't yet set in.

the girls plopped down on the beach maybe 50 yards away from us, no one around them, and were giggling and carrying on, like any red blooded human does. they were having fun, so was our crew. and aside from the occasional glance, we were minding our own business. and then the phones came out. out of the corner of my eye I saw that unmistakable selfie arm, that looks about as awkward as Dustin Johnson's wrist cock at the top of what's soon to be a 350 yard drive, or maybe the same position Richard Sherman's hand is in right after batting away yet another ball, but not before his arm has dropped. needless to say, we people watched. the girls did the classic duck face, head cock, ass out shots, very unoriginal repertoire I might add. "cool," I thought, "they're snapping some pictures to laugh at, and then will go back to enjoying this beautiful day." did I mention it was 85, only a smattering of clouds, and a light breeze (pretty perfect)? I was wrong. the entire purpose of this beach visit was to capture some shots for the 'gram, as the girls promptly left immediately after their photo shoot, no more than 5 minutes after they'd arrived. I have to think that 15 minutes later, some guy whose most visited websites are BroBible, PornHub, Total Frat Move, and Vineyard Vines liked her pictures, instead of enjoying the ocean for those last few hours of sunlight.

call me a luddite, call me a curmudgeon, but when technology becomes your life instead of enhancing it...Houston, we have a problem.

mark my words, if there are ever any little brofessors running around, no phones at the dinner table, and playtime will include being outside. you need to scrape your knee and get bitten by ants a few times before you're a well adjusted human being, you can't just be good at a duck face, lumbar lordosis, and photoshop if you want to make it in this world.

/rant

My equinox seems to be filled with HS/college aged kids home for the summer and there are no less then two dudes taking selfies while only sort of working out every time I'm there. I'm just trying to get a lift in and it is the most annoying thing every time.

There is definitely a huge cultural difference between us late 80s millenials and the late 90s ones.

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Jun 9, 2017

I dread when the high schoolers start coming to my gym. I'm the asshole that will interrupt your picture to ask if I can work in, usually they get the memo.

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Jun 9, 2017

And I'm the nightmare who photobombs Instagram addicts left, right and centre.

Maybe I should start an IG channel showcasing my photobombs.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Jun 11, 2017

I'm still figuring out how a backwards hat and tight sweat pants (is joggers the term?) help one get in shape.

Jun 11, 2017

I am 100% with you on this. My kids are going to be doing as much outside as possible. AIM was great, the only people you had on there were people you actually knew. However, it was only worth a shit during the middle of the week because everyone was busy doing things during the weekend.

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Jun 7, 2017

I really want to read some of these posts lol.

What do i type to find them?

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

Jun 7, 2017

Theyve been all over my linkedin feed lately normally with 5000+ likes. I would post one, but decided against linking to people's Linkedin profiles

Jun 7, 2017

fair enough

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

Jun 7, 2017

I read the sample you post.

Looks to me like one of those "nice, but I kinda don't care" things. No harm in posting that type of stuff.

I'm really interested in reading the extreme ones, like the one that was recently posted about the kid who didn't get into PE the first go. That one was too funny.

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

Jun 7, 2017

Have seen a ton of these and I can say with much frustration that people live for the approval and recognition from others rather than themselves. LinkedIn posts in general are pretty cringe-worthy these days unless you're sharing an article or career update.

Felt bad for a guy who asked if anyone had an extra basketball hoop on LinkedIn...smh.

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Jun 7, 2017

Who i gotta link with in order to watch these comedians lol.

Care to expand on the basketball dude?

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

Jun 7, 2017

To be fair, he's an athletic director at a high school but bruv, come on you have to know the environment with which you're posting these things...just go to craigslist or ebay or facebook!!

Jun 7, 2017

Don't speak too soon - in 15 years LinkedIn may very well be the country's biggest electronic exchange for used basketball hoops

Watch out CME!!!

Jun 7, 2017

Lmao the moment I saw this I opened up LinkedIn and the first post was about graduating. I don't care if you're starting full time teaching 1st graders in the inner city Jennifer

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Jun 7, 2017

I didn't even order cap and gown or attend my graduation, let alone post selfies with my cap decorated "FUNemployed" in glitter

Jun 7, 2017

Y'all sound like a bunch of salty old farts who hate technology. Yeah, it might seem a little self-congratulatory to post about this shit on FB/Insta/SC/whateverthehellsocialmediaplatform, but then what the hell is a graduation ceremony if not more of the same? All of this is just the new version of sending a letter to grandma to let her know that her favorite grandson has graduated from college. Don't like seeing it? Just stick to reading the broadsheets and stay off social media for a while. Hell, I barely use Facebook anymore except to message people whose phone numbers I don't have.

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Jun 9, 2017
Angus Macgyver:

Y'all sound like a bunch of salty old farts who hate technology. Yeah, it might seem a little self-congratulatory to post about this shit on FB/Insta/SC/whateverthehellsocialmediaplatform, but then what the hell is a graduation ceremony if not more of the same? All of this is just the new version of sending a letter to grandma to let her know that her favorite grandson has graduated from college. Don't like seeing it? Just stick to reading the broadsheets and stay off social media for a while. Hell, I barely use Facebook anymore except to message people whose phone numbers I don't have.

All this pomp and circumstance is really for the family and friends.

Jun 7, 2017

Literally posting anything on Linkedin seems a little degenerate to me.

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Jun 8, 2017

Unless you're a visionary/entrepreneur/thought leader.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Jun 8, 2017

Haha, precisely.

Jun 7, 2017

Count how many of these include the phrase "it wasn't easy, but it was worth it" or some variation. Worth it so you could post this humblebrag on LinkedIn, I guess.

Gimme the loot

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Jun 7, 2017

Also, "I couldn't be more excited/proud..." Holy shit is that annoying.

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Jun 7, 2017

Someone must not know the first step to networking your way into girls' DM on LinkedIn

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Jun 8, 2017

To play devil's advocate, for the amount of money we all had to drop on college (no scholarships for this idiot), I think a little self congratulation is in order.

For most people the completion of UG is the first thing they've had to do purely on their own. I mean there are so many teachers/friends/liquor stores that look the other way at clearly not the 6'1'' Mantis Tobaggan pictured on my ID, to thank, but it really is the first taste of success that was arrived at by purely personal choices. Gotta let the kids live it up a little all you cynical workplace folk (myself included).

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Jun 8, 2017

It also bothers me when other people do this. But these people will ALWAYS be on the coming up on your feeds, and there is no stopping them. The only thing you have control over is how much time you are spending scrolling, which I would recommend limiting as much as possible.

There is significant research that shows that people in this generation are becoming more and more depressed as a result of looking at other people's glamorous lives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (when in reality, their lives are not all that glamorous).

Spend less time scrolling - more time focusing on gratitude. You will boost dopamine and serotonin levels naturally.

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Jun 9, 2017

Very true points and I would have SB'ed you were it not for the self-promotion within the post. I mean, signatures are meant for that.

Plus, advertising on a site that already has such services is like telling God in heaven that the devil is an amazing guy. Or telling McKinsey partners that Blackstone MDs make much more than them.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

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Jun 9, 2017

alternatively, you could just unfollow them or remove them as a connection.

Jun 9, 2017
Chris-Villanueva CPRW:

It also bothers me when other people do this. But these people will ALWAYS be on the coming up on your feeds, and there is no stopping them

Yes there is. You unfollow them.

Jun 9, 2017

I think it all started with that Venezuelan kid who ended up in Google. Jorge something.

Kid had an amazing profile though. GS + McKinsey + Google - the Holy Trinity.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."

Jun 9, 2017
timetogetserious:

Has anyone else been on LinkedIN lately to see a bunch of posts something along the lines of "Pleased to announce I graduated (honors degree) from (ivy league school) and will spend the next year volunteering to save the sea turtles from racial microaggressions before beginning my job with MBB consulting firm" Attached is picture of this person smiling in a graduation gown in front of a sign for their college or university.

I mean sure those are some accomplishments to be proud of, but this type of thing reeks of someone desperately trying to show the world how great of a person they are. To me it shows a total lack of self-awareness.

Of all of the awfulness that's on LinkedIn these days - from every HR professional writing hiring stories, to people posting political garbage, to business memes, to business advice from the unemployed - you pick someone proud that they graduated from college as the thing that annoys you?

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