The internet is a great thing, and we all pretty much are reliant on it. Don’t know the answer to something? Google it! Want to watch a movie? Hello Netflix! Want that new song you heard on the drive home today? iTunes is the go to. Then there’s the ever so addicting social networking sites. Long gone are the days of MySpace (seriously, Facebook totes should make our profiles a little more customizable… but that’s just my opinion). Now we are more connected than ever with our friends, co-workers and acquaintances than we were back in the day. With sites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and anything else I missed, we can stay connected and up to date with people.
These social networking sites give us a sense of being paid attention to, especially when one of our followers or friends press that Like button (which by the way, why can we now choose to react to a post, but not dislike one? YOU HAD ONE REQUEST BY ALL OF US USERS THERE ZUCKERBERG!). We all want to feel like people are paying attention to us, because why else would we post things on our profiles? That like button does something to us, where we feel good about what we posted and in a way we feel accepted or like we matter.
I’ve noticed a lot over the years that with social network sites there’s that need for acceptance and attention that can tear down some social boundaries. People will post almost every detail about their life, some to the point where it’s TMI. You see, now this is just my opinion, but social network sites have become more about how many likes we can get or how many of our friends/followers will comment on our posts. A lot of people will post things (sometimes a little too much information) that they know people will respond to. Our presence on social network sites shouldn’t be about striving for more likes/comments than the last thing we posted. Your self-worth isn’t about how many people like what you’re posting. It’s sad to see people post things which come across as wanting sympathy or attention, because let’s be real, we wouldn’t say half of the things we say online in real life. Hospital posts, marriage/relationship issues, fights with friends; all of these things can be seen pretty much on the regular. Somewhere along the line social network sites have turned into a sounding board for people to vent/rant, rather than sharing those moments in life.
It’s my hope that people will stop seeking the likes or the comments.
You’re worth more than a like.
Thanks for reading, feel free to like my post!….. Just kidding 🙂