"Hustle” seems to have entered our vernacular to mean “work very hard.” And I think it’s super weird that a term that used to refer to selling drugs has been sanitized and co-opted by bland techbros, who now use it to mean, “working on my app that’s like Uber for dogs.” (Interesting etymology on the term side-hustle here from Merriam-Webster.)
Another thing that’s happened with the term is it’s been strangely glamorized. Maybe our cabal of late capitalist overlords engineered these cute notebooks and plaques to normalize the idea of working every waking minute. (Jk. But really though.)
In a great example of the insufferable hustle culture, I ran across this Tweet recently with a screen shot of this post from LinkedIn.
How did we get here? How did we get to the point where bragging about how few hours of sleep we get is some kind of social currency?
Also like... toxic workplace culture and unrealistic expectations are very real issues, especially in startups. Now we’re making fun of that to make a point about how much we work?
Some Twitter users had smart stuff to say about it.
As an entrepreneur and user of LinkedIn in a tech-adjacent space, I see these faux-inspirational humblebrags all the time. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? WHAT ARE WE DOING?
I don't think we should burn LinkedIn to the ground, but it is definitely a breeding ground for this bizarre one-upsmanship, where the winner is the most sleep deprived and sees their family the least. Let's stop with this.
Recently, Twitter asked users what changes they would like the platform to implement in 2018. I’m surprised they keep asking things like this because I don’t know how they can expect any other response besides, “Uhhh there are literal Nazis running around on here, so maybe do something about that and fix the abuse reporting system.”
There was some interesting discussion about potential features though. Many users have wanted an edit button for some time now. Others point out that it could easily be abused by people completely changing the content of tweets after it’s been liked and retweeted a bunch of times.
Like for instance, I could tweet, “Like and retweet if you are Team Edward for life!” and later change it to “Edward sucks! Team Jacob forever!” How embarrassing for all those people who liked and favorited my initial tweet. As you can probably extrapolate, people would be doing a lot more sinister and horrible things than tricking Twilight fans if this feature was made available (again... all the Nazis, you guys).
But there is a smart way around this if you just do a little thinking.
A main concern for users seems to be transparency. There was also some useful discussion about bots and knowing where they come from.
Among other suggested changes was the ability to take and post short videos, and a story feature like other social media platforms. But I think any of these features would just feel unnecessary, and maybe even insulting, if they came before the much-needed overhaul of reporting, banning, and verifying.
Hopefully Twitter has learned a lesson after switching to 280 characters (a feature no one wanted or asked for) and the resounding backlash and criticism of the platform’s priorities.
Aspiring Dog Parent