The Value of a “Like” and Why it Means so Much

“Go on Instagram and like my picture for me.”

Some may think this is a silly and somewhat absurd statement but it has been uttered before. If I had to bet money on it, I would bet that over half of the millennial generation has uttered this sentence. If not that, then certainly over half of the female millennials have said that before.

I would say, on average I receive about two or more of these text messages per week. Yes, I said two or more a week for those of you who don’t believe it.

Now why does me liking their photo mean so much to them? It’s because our generation is so amazingly judgmental that if you do not have over fifteen likes (I’m just throwing this number out I have no idea what the actual number might be) on your picture then you’re not pretty enough or cool enough. Then they delete those pictures off social media because it wasn’t good enough for other people. So here’s my next question for those who delete their pictures because the lack of likes. Why do you care what the other people think? Are you so self conscious about yourself and so guided by society’s acceptance of you that you are going to let other people determine your actions? Just be yourself and if you’re doing something just to be accepted, you need to surround yourself with better people. If somebody doesn’t “like” a post it is the same as in reality (a scary word to some millennials) when a friend doesn’t like the same gum that you do. You move on and think nothing of it.

Good, now the millennials are gone because I just pissed them off and they closed out the page and said “I’m not too judgmental!” or “I’m not self conscious!” which, of course, would just emphasize my argument.

Judging somebody based solely upon their looks or the social network status is absurd. Talk to them, get to know them, get drinks with them and then you can tell them you don’t like them.

Before the other millennials start getting angry as well saying “well hey I don’t do that!” Good for you. Give yourself a pat on the back for not being like that but take some time to realize that, obviously, not everybody is the same. There will be people out there that are exactly like what I am saying, it is sad but true. Right now I am simply talking in a general sense and if you can’t understand that then stop reading this and go do something useful with your time like explore Twitter or share videos on Facebook.

So for all of you that are still actually reading this please, I beg of you, stop judging people by their social media status.

Now, this may be more prevalent in some areas compared to others, but it does happen everywhere. No matter where you go there are people that are consumed by their online presence. That is all they care about; not their actual friends or family. Nope. It’s about how they appear to others online.

I’ll end this with a quote from the great Mr. Feeny. “If you let other people’s perception of you dictate your behavior, you will never grow as a person.”