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As companies like Discord and Google have been laying off employees, some tech workers are using social media platforms like TikTok to share their layoff experiences. These videos, which often show emotional reactions and personal struggles, have gone viral and shed light on a private moment that many people try to hide. The trend is driven by Generation Z and millennials who are accustomed to sharing every aspect of their lives on social media.
The boundary between the personal and professional has been broken.
According to career experts, the trend of sharing layoff experiences on social media is part of a broader movement among younger generations to be open and honest about their struggles. This movement includes sharing personal stories and daily routines on platforms like LinkedIn and X. By sharing their layoff experiences, tech workers are not only seeking support and sympathy but also challenging the stigma around job loss and unemployment. They are demonstrating that layoffs can happen to anyone and that it is important to talk about it openly.
As companies from the start-up Discord to Google have shed hundreds of jobs in recent weeks, some tech workers are taking to social media to share their layoff experiences, and many of these videos have gone viral.