Invasion of the Time Snatchers
Just a quick post, here, regarding a sudden increase (over the past few weeks) in the number of invitations that I have been getting from people who are dressed suggestively, or barely dressed at all.
I'm probably a little bit of a prude as far as the use of sex or sexiness to 'market' oneself on social media. That's probably because my own sexiness is not particularly physical in nature. I've been called sexy when I show compassion for others, or when I wash dishes and do laundry without being asked, but never when I wear a swimsuit.
So, what's my issue?My main issue is that these people are wasting my time.
Here are a few more related questions that I might add:
- Why do such people follow a middle-aged guy who looks like a college professor, at best?
- Are they just trying to collect followers? If so, why? What's the point?
- Is this happening to anyone else? Or to everyone else?
- Why is there a recent increase in the number of people who do this on beBee, when I am not seeing the same trend on LinkedIn? Is anyone else seeing the same trend?
- What should I do when these followers (and their automated follow-back requests) appear?
I used to look at every beBee profile to decide if I wanted to follow back. Lately, if the little image on the follow-back request is obviously sexy or flirty, I don't even pull up their profile. I just say "no" and hope they will move on.
A few of them come back again and again. They must be un-following me if I don't say "yes" and then, after a couple of days, they follow me again...to generate a new automated follow-back request in my notifications. That makes me feel like I'm being stalked.
The problem with saying "no" to follow-back requests accompanied by images of attractive people is that they are often real and honest people who genuinely want to connect. Some people just happen to have very attractive profile images. I would gladly follow such people based on their articles and comments, even if their profile images were less flattering.
Rather than waste anyone's time with a longer-winded article than this already is, I invite anyone interested in this phenomenon to comment below in answer to the questions above.