Being snarky is an easy way to get likes & retweets, but does it feel good?

I’ve been on Twitter since 2007 and to say that I’ve sent my fair share of questionable tweets would be an understatement. Tweeting during award shows is 50% of the fun (another 25% comes from the cocktails, let’s be honest), so it’s easy to get caught up in sending tweets just for the reaction. The snarkiest ones always perform the best, but after a good night’s sleep, things just don’t quite feel the same.

Commenting on style can be a slippery slope. Just last night during #Oscars tweets, I saw a teen magazine editor, who has generally been very body positive, make comments about Sam Smith’s weight. What’s the message that she’s sending to her followers? The things we say, for better or worse, can make an impact in someone else’s life. When we see people on a tv screen or in photos, we often remove their humanity. We act like we’re not speaking to or about a real person.

When Dove first reached out to me to partner together for their #SpeakBeautiful campaign, every mean thing I’ve ever said starting scrolling through my mind. I’ve sent over 100,000 tweets since I joined Twitter and many of them have been focused around awards or tv shows. My opinions haven’t always been kind, to say the least. I went back through hashtags and keyword searches to see just how bad my tweets were. To say that I’m embarrassed is an understatement.

After Dove launched #SpeakBeautiful last year, a campaign aimed at changing the way we talk about ourselves & others, Twitter helped them measure a 38.6% decrease in negative conversations about beauty. In March they’re launching a new tool called the #SpeakBeautiful Effect to measure our tweets. Not only will they measure the words you use to speak about beauty, it will also measure how those feelings reflect how you feel about yourself. To get access to the tool, all you have to do is retweet my tweet below.

Being human is more than an easy excuse for our mistakes. It’s also the reason that we never stop learning, have second (and third) chances, and continue to grow until our time runs out. I’m so grateful to the people that challenge my opinions, take the time to educate me when I’m wrong, and push me to be the best version of myself. #SpeakBeautiful encourages us to be more mindful with our words, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting Dove in this important mission.

This post was produced in partnership with Dove. Please click here for more information about sponsored content on style•it. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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