Are You A “Likes” Whore?

On Social Media — How Far Will You Go To Seek Approval?

Once upon a time in a land far, far, away — people once did things out of joy and happiness. Not that they don’t necessarily anymore, but few and far between is the person who keeps something to themselves these days. It seems to me that anytime, ANYTHING happens of varying degrees of good or bad from normal everyday life — the FIRST thing people want to do is share it:

The wreck you just got into — “OMG are you ok??”

The wedding ring you just got proposed with — “Congratulations!!!”

Great seats you got at the concert (guilty) —”AMAZING!!! #Jealous”

Forget “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around does it make a sound?” — today we live in the “If you have dinner and don’t check in on Facebook for anyone to approve, did you really have dinner?”

We are all walking content curators, constantly seeking new and interesting things to share online and the emotional traction that comes with it: “Awwww” , “LOL!!!!!” , “Love You.” So much so, that seeking the validation and “high” of getting good engagement from said piece of content has become a drug for us. “Likes” have become the new high.

I see people constantly doing things online all day, simply for the likes. This ranges from playing pranks on people for a joke to setting ones self on fire and jumping in a pool after. Vine to me seems to be the most intense. With 7 seconds to achieve engagement things are extreme. Im not knocking it — to each their own, hell I always love a good prank video. Social acceptance is something we are ingrained with, but the last time I saw people seeking validation this bad was in High School.

Which got me thinking…. is Social Media just High School all over again? Think about it — when was the last time you operated in a social atmosphere where you were constantly trying to get people to “Like” and “Follow” you in order to gain a following to become Popular?

Your online persona is one of carefully curated content that says a lot about yourself. That perfectly crafted and well lit selfie where you look thin, the beautiful landscape photo with the perfect filter, all hand picked by you delivered to your followers to seek approval. But how far is to far? At this point with people inflicting bodily harm to themselves and others to get attention — whats next? Only time will tell, but for me personally I’ll stick to my sunsets and concert pics all day.

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