Why Don't They "Like" Me?
It's hard to argue that social media is taking over our lives. You could even argue it is changing the way we think and perceive reality. We now base our self-worth on the number of friends we have, the number of likes we get, and how many shares we have. In the past three weeks, I have had several people reach out to me via text message asking me why I did not "like" the video they posted recently. I was speechless. I had no idea what to say. Involuntary, i replied with an apology. The truth? I did see the video but did not think to click that little "like button." I rarely do. Does it matter? Unfortunately, it does. People don't seem to care about if you genuinely enjoyed their content on social media, but if you added to their "like" data.
I have even seen posts from people complaining that they are going to remove "friends" that are not liking or sharing their content. Yikes! It dawned on me that people have the impression that everyone else does nothing more with their life than browsing social media. Or maybe everyone does, and I am the anomaly? Or perhaps I am on social media more than I realize and perceive myself to be the anomaly because I want to be different? I'll save that for another day.
An interesting study by the Behavioral Institute in Palm Beach, Florida revealed that people that used social media extensively were 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than people that used social media less. With people under the impression that not interacting with their content is equivalent to an intentional negative reaction, I am shocked this number is not higher.
Have you noticed yourself feeling like this too? I will admit I have been guilty of it myself on occasion when I was younger. As I get older and do more social media engagement in my career, I find myself steering away from social media in favor of more human interaction simply because it brings me more joy. I would rather be out working on a climbing project with close friends than lip syncing to on Snapchat (anyone else hate that trend?) or talking about #vibes.
What are your thoughts on the link between depression and social media?