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Reddit co-founder slams hustle porn on social media

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Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of one of the world’s biggest social news sites, made rounds online after slamming what he calls hustle porn on social media.

What is hustle porn?

The phrase pertains to individuals who brag about how many hours they work daily.

Ohanian, the 36-year old entrepreneur, told The Wall Street Journal that he only realized the negative impact of social media on workers when he took paternity leave to care for his wife tennis superstar Serena Williams and their daughter about two years ago.

“Y’all see it on Instagram, and you certainly see it in the startup community, and it becomes really toxic,” he said.

Ohanian also slammed individuals who ‘show off’ online, while noting that they actually create a terrible environment for workers.

The Reddit co-founder said that entrepreneurs are to be blamed for this phenomenon while citing Tesla CEO as an example.

The billionaire businessman was reported to have recently tweeted that he works between 80-90 hours a week. He even said that the hours were also a lot higher in previous years.

He was known to have popularized the statement: “Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.”

While he does not recommend working for long hours, he explained that he had no choice or his company would die.

How should companies address hustle porn?

 

Ohanian, who now serves as a managing partner at Initialized Capital, urged companies to encourage their employees to take necessary breaks like going for a vacation. He also advised management not to boast about the long working hours they pull on social media. Doing so he said could make their staff feel guilty for having a work-life balance.

Reddit's co-founder talks about hustle porn

Ohanian said:

You have this culture of posturing and this culture that glorifies the most absurd things and ignores things like self-care, and ignores things like therapy and ignores things like actually taking care of yourself as a physical being for the sake of work at all costs. It’s a toxic problem.”

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