I Have A Love/Hate Relationship With Linkedin

Formatting of posts, endless self-promo, and, sexual harassment.

Shamar M
5 min readSep 8, 2022


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LinkedIn was originally meant to be a professional networking platform. It still is, but it’s slowly transformed into a professional social media bragging rights platform.

My friends will message me getting them to double-check their LinkedIn posts before they go out. I can understand that because they want it to make sense and don’t want to look silly in front of their employees, but I don’t get the hype.

I never have.

Just a numbers game

People will have hundreds of connections on LinkedIn, and I know for a fact that person doesn’t know nor work with that many people. Just like any other platform, LinkedIn has turned into a numbers game.

People always feel the need to push up their numbers to make themselves look popular and their profile more attractive. Unfortunately, social media has always been this way.

Random people are asking to connect with me from all over the world. What, why? I don’t know you. I don’t want you to know where I work or what jobs I’ve previously had.

Only Medium writers who I recognise, friends, family, former colleagues, and, current colleagues will receive an invitation from me and those are the only people who I’ll accept.

Format of posts

The worst thing I hate about LinkedIn is the way people format their posts. Every post has about seven paragraphs and I don’t have time to read all of that!

Or people will write like this,

And space everything out.

And write a new paragraph for every sentence.

To make the post really, really long

But it’s not attractive at all, it just makes me want to scroll past.

And they’ll add an abundance of emojis to try and make it more engaging.

But that doesn’t work for me.

Makes me feel under pressure

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Shamar M

Based in the UK. PG DIP HR Management. Chief of publication The First Time. Editor in About Me Stories. Top Writer in Feminism and This Happened To Me.