Being a young person in the work environment comes with a considerable amount of pressure. So what happens when you add even more pressure from social media?
Starting and developing a career is no easy feat. While it can be fulfilling, it comes with its own challenges. Add the pressure to be #livingmybestlife on social media, and the whole scenario is a pressure cooker.
We asked a few young professionals how they are making their way through this maze of social and professional demands.
Lungi Dlamini (27), Accountant
‘I haven’t found the perfect remedy for all the pressure in my life yet, and I go through a lot of trial and error. One of the things that has helped me in recent times is segmenting my life. During the week I focus on work and I stay off social media. I also use my weekdays to work out and take care of all the important aspects of my life.
‘I log on to my social-media accounts only on weekends, and even then I try to focus on doing things. That’s the only way you get the content you want while living a life that makes you happy. It can be tough because I sometimes miss out on topics during the week, but you really cannot keep up with everything on social media and keep up with your actual life. So I choose my actual life.’
Sechaba Mogale (30), Marketer
‘Work pressure is possibly the biggest thing in my life. I find that as a young man I am under pressure to excel at work so that I can have the financial means to support myself, as society expects of me. I often feel like I am not doing enough, even though I work really hard and try my best. I find that there is an expectation always to be on call for work, and that causes me anxiety.
‘When it comes to social media, I am less attached just because I am not one to get too excited about things. However, my girlfriend spends an unhealthy amount of time on social media, and she ends up feeling inadequate. There is a theme of inadequacy for both of us, even though it comes from different sources. I’m hoping that the kinks will sort themselves out as we get older.’