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Bragging Hectic About Work Schedules On Social Media Is Harmful—Says Ohanian

According to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit the normal tendency of people to brag about their hectic work schedule and how they are trying to manage it on social media could be quite harmful in the long run. While speaking at Future of Everything Festival he stated that it has become a common tendency among high ranking executives from startups now to talk about their long work hours on social media like Instagram and other microblogging sites which has become a bit of a drag. He stated that this behavior seems to have become common among young entrepreneurs that have started their own businesses.

As the managing partner of venture capital Initialized Capital he has spoken about startup community’s glorification of continuous work without taking much needed rest. He stated that this is leading to toxic environment among founder community which is already emotionally broken with ups and downs of starting a new organization. He spoke against this attitude of founders to keep posturing about the long hours they put and sacrifices they are making to nurture their startups. He said that this attitude is wrong as it ignores self-care and therapy that these founders should indulge in.

He stated that social media has made the situation worse as it allows them to use their situation like a weapon as it gets several likes and they feel it like an incentive to keep pushing the envelope. As an advocate Ohanian along with several others has been pushing for self-care and ending the practice of working overnight. His viewpoint was supported by founder of Huffington Post and Thrive Global Arianna Huffington who wrote to Elon Musk in 2018 to take more care of his health as Tesla depended on him instead of putting in 120 hours per week to get through production hurdles.

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