Pop-Culture | Posted by Samantha M on 09/12/2014

The Problem With “Likes”

So many of my peers have an unhealthy obsession with how many “likes” their pictures (especially selfies) receive on Instagram. Many of my friends seem to give a simple “like” so much more weight than it deserves and plenty even equate the number of likes on their pictures with how attractive they are or whether or not people like them. I know teens who go so far as to delete their photo if it doesn’t receive a certain amount of likes in a given time period.

Letting social media interactions like this have so much influence on one’s life might seem ridiculous at first, but it’s evidence of something more serious. There is a lot of pressure on teen girls to feel beautiful and perfect, and for those things to be constantly validated. The rise of social media generally (and “likes” specifically) has become the primary way for young women to measure their self-worth, which is a serious problem.

I believe it’s ridiculous to measure who you are as a person based off of how people perceive a single photo. I feel that if you are confident enough to share a picture with the whole entire world (or at least your own social network), then you should be confident enough to stand behind it regardless of how many people like it. Using social media sites like Instagram doesn’t necessarily have to be a way of getting validation: it can also be a way to celebrate your self-confidence, love for yourself and the people in your life. A teenage girl is worth so much more than the amount of likes on her Instagram picture or the amount of followers she has, and basing one’s value off of this validation needs to end now.

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  • SpongebobBloggerpants @ at 2:54 pm, September 14th, 2014

    “Using social media sites like Instagram doesn’t necessarily have to be a way of getting validation: it can also be a way to celebrate your self-confidence, love for yourself and the people in your life.” Thank you for writing about this. I think it is so unbelievably important that we do not continue to allow society, and social media, to perpetuate the idea that a given number of “likes” equates to your value as a human being. I also think it is crucial to note that women are not the only demographic who searches for approval via social media. Men do it, frequently, as well.

  • Alban L @ at 1:20 pm, September 25th, 2014

    Theres many teens that, including my friends that delete their pictures because they don’t get a certain amount of likes and when they reupload that same picture their caption is always “my picture got deleted”. These girls, sometimes even guys feel like they deserve more likes than they actually received the first time. I myself do mind the likes & comments on my pictures but i don’t delete them, especially because i feel like my “beauty” didn’t get enough likes. i simply think about the amount of likes i got because i feel like some girls just follow to be nosey. There is many girls that take their instagram likes to the head as if it’ll get them somewhere later in life.

  • Sharonda Hill @ at 1:34 pm, September 25th, 2014

    I feel like its an ongoing competition with these social media sites. I dont think that it’s right for someone to post a picture and delete it because they didn’t receive enough likes on that picture. I dont think it should matter how many likes you get on a picture because i feel like when you put something out there for the whole world to see,your posting that at your own liking not someone else’s. I feel like people should gain more confidence in themselves or realize that the likes don’t matter.

  • jamika b. @ at 1:35 pm, September 25th, 2014

    well in many ways the girls of this generation are basing how they feel they look just because how many likes there selfies may get in thats sad to me just because you should not change how you feel about your aperse, it was an time when thing like that did not existed.

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