Social media likes don’t determine your worth
You take a cute selfie, or you find this cute picture of you laughing with a group of your friends from over the summer, and find the perfect filter. Then you hit the daunting, “share.”
After that, it has become natural of our generation to become absorbed in watching your likes grow, seeing your phone’s lock screen light up every minute or so, notifying you of a new person who liked your post.
With nearly every post, you result with either a boost to your ego, or an utter blow. It’s something I think we’ve all experienced this day in age. The second you hit “share”, you nervously stare at your phone waiting to see the first heart notification pop up as a form of validation.
Yes, Suzie liked my picture in less than two minutes! It must not be too ugly.
We then close Instagram, just to wait in suspense for our lock screen to light up every few minutes, likely opening the app every ten minutes to look at the number that we feel defines us, grow.
This vicious cycle can last all day, controlling us and distracting us from the things that really matter. Our worst nightmare can occur when a post has been posted for three hours and only 30 people have liked it.
That’s only 10 likes every hour! What’s wrong with my picture?
This oftentimes ends with us deleting the picture to save ourselves from the anxiety-inducing hours to come.
Our self-confidence shouldn’t be placed in the hands of people double-tapping behind a screen. If we say that numbers don’t define us weight-wise, why should the number of likes we get be any different?
Of the 500 followers you have, how many of them are you actually friends with? Maybe 30? The rest are just acquaintances, and if we’re being honest, a lot of them are strangers.
Forget the threat of internet predators, most of us will let anyone follow us on Instagram in hopes of increasing the number of likes we get. We’ve even started to put a certain amount of weight on how many followers we have.
We have turned into a generation where likes from people we hardly know determine our worth, and it’s just not right.
The monumental moments in your life are worth more than numbers on a screen. Put the phone down and spend time with people who help you to realize your self-worth, not the numbers on the screen. In the end, it doesn’t matter how many people like your picture, it matters how many people smile when they saw it.