Intelligence is such a complicated word, isn’t it? On the one hand, everybody wants to be seen as intelligent at least sometimes, but on the other, nobody wants to be regarded as the person who has all the book intelligence but no social skills or street smarts.
So why is it important to like intelligent things online, and how does that factor in to our complicated desire to be the right kind of smart? To help you figure this one out, here are four reasons to like intelligent things online.
1. You’ll be able to look the same
Let’s face it: social media is about socializing and catching up with friends, as well as meeting new ones. But in a way, our social media profiles and actions are also about self-expression and how we want to be perceived.
That’s a bigger part of it than any of us might wish to admit, because it’s the part we’re not always completely aware that we’re participating in. Now you can’t claim a lack of awareness anymore, because you know it!
But that’s a good thing, because now that you know you’re using social media to build your public image and sense of self, you can take great care with the things you share and like online. It will help shape the way you’re perceived, and that’s why you’ll want to like the right types of intelligent things.
2. Because we need it
The world seems like it’s getting collectively more apathetic, disconnected, and simplified in a bad way. Critical thinking skills are becoming less important than a sophomoric joke on a quick-hitting comedy show or a flashy outfit or tech toy.
So please get out there, find — or better, create — some thought-provoking material that points toward a greater good, and share it with the world. We need more of that!
It’s probably driven by the processes of natural selection, but it’s true. People love to date intelligent people. It’s interesting, and feels safer!
4. Because it’ll get you ahead
If you start to like and share the things you’re consuming, especially if you read blog posts about BI and dashboards, then you’re going to start to attract those kinds of people into your life. And you might be the first person to come to mind when an employer asks your friends about intelligent people to hire.
Liking intelligent things online will make you look better and ultimately give you a better life!