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Deep in the human psyche is something petulant and needy
that makes us want to post photos of our expensive toys
My wife is a bit of a reality TV fan. She watches too much of that
Kardashian show. That might be why I read with interest that a reality
TV show star was recently mugged after he posted a
photo of his very expensive watch on Instagram.
Jonathan Cheban, who is apparently a friend of Kim Kardashian, was
apparently doing a bit too much "humblebragging" on social
media. He was sharing photos of his expensive lunch and expensive
jewellery. This apparently attracted the attention of someone who
wanted the half million dollar watch for himself. There was an
altercation but a security guard stepped in before the thief made off
with the goods.
However, I see a bigger story behind the gossip. This D-list
celebrity is not the first to run into trouble after posting something
they shouldn't. In 2012, a family in the NSW Southern Highlands town
of Bundanoon as robbed after their teenaged daughter posted a photo of
a pile of cash on Facebook.
So the moral of the story is pretty obvious – don't post photos of
expensive things on Facebook or Twitter. But is that really all there
is to it?
What is it about social media that causes us to do these stupid
things? We've read dozens, if not hundreds, of cautionary tales such
as these. We've been told many times not to post on Facebook that the
family is away on holidays. But we still don't follow it. We post,
share and tweet all kinds of information we shouldn't. Information
that thieves and robbers could use against us. Or worse, information
that incriminates us.
There is a compulsion to "overshare" on social media. And I
know I'm certainly not immune to this; read through my Twitter feed
and I'm sure you'll identify far too many "humblebrags" of
my own. Deep in the human psyche is something petulant and needy that
makes us want to post photos of our expensive toys, or brag when we
get one up on the boss.
If I had advice that was more compelling than simply "don't post
things you shouldn't", I'd share it with you. Until then:
Something to think about, maybe, before you decide you want to show
off your snazzy new watch.