Life Isn't 'Likes'

 Ever since one Instagramer decided to leave mainstream social media, it seems that more people have been talking about the like hungry, follower hungry, fame hungry people. As well as whether or not the people they follow are real or fake. I see people commenting on photos of Instagramers with 100k+ followers asking their friends "do you think she's fake too?" "look how fake this is" and even "I bet she buys likes/followers/comments". I've also seen things along the lines of how people wished they could be like these Instagram famous people because of the amount of likes or followers they have.
 What I guess some people don't understand is that the amount of likes you have on social media does not show the amount of worth you have. The number of likes on a status update, or followers on Instagram, does not matter in real life. If there comes a day where electricity is wiped out, and all social media is gone, you won't have these followers or likes. You won't have social media at all. You won't have these numbers to 'define' you or others. They won't matter then and they don't really matter now.
 The amount of likes someone has does not define them, it doesn't make them better or less than you or others. Some people are so fame hungry that they do become fake and portray themselves falsely over social media. My post Insta Life shows that though maybe 1 in 100,000 are fake, many are not. If someone is so absorbed in just getting more likes and followers than anything else, then obviously they will start doing things in order to solely gain more followers/likes. But again, not everyone is overwhelmed by the need to get more and more. Not everyone created their account with the idea to become famous.
 Look at Zoella for instance, Zoe Sugg has 9 million subscribers on Youtube which in my book makes  her pretty famous. She never expected to have two greatly popular books, a fantastic bath and beauty line, and live in a million dollar mansion in Brighton (where people invade her privacy, shame on you who do) with her boyfriend Alfie Deyes. I highly doubt she ever started her blog or Youtube channel thinking "I'm going to make this so I can make thousands, no millions, of dollars off of people!" She's seriously so down to earth that if that ever came out as being true (which it never will because it isn't) I will personally send you my address so you can steal my cat.
 When I was in high school I felt so weird for having a 'popular' Instagram account, which only had at most 40,000 followers by the end of senior year. At school functions or King Island I would open Instagram to calm my nerves, scrolling through the countless Australian beach photos certainly calmed my nerves. But doing so, I would also click on my own page to see if anyone commented on a photo of mine so I could reply back if it was a question. And by doing that, my follower number would pop up for a moment and the person next to me could see it if they were being noisy for a moment or two. I won't forget once at homecoming a girl next to me saw it while I was in line for drinks and made a comment to her friend, 'Wow I wonder what she did to get that many followers!' I didn't take that as anything more than an interest, but when her friend said 'People only follow pretty people so I don't know?' I can be honest by saying that hurt. That stereotype of famous people only being famous because they're pretty is honestly really annoying. I get I'm no supermodel but honestly I don't post that many selfies, I take more scenery photos than anything else. I brushed it off though because I wasn't even going to the high school anymore at that point. But I do know people from my school were making comments about my following.
 I even made enemies because of these high numbers. Two catty girls that were my best friend's friends saw I had 14,000 followers and wanted me to follow them. I barely talked to these two girls because I knew they didn't like me and I didn't care for them. But, when I tried to nicely say 'no I won't follow you' by saying I rarely follow anyone, they grabbed my phone and did it for me. They asked for tips on how to get more followers, and I guess one of them even bought followers somehow. But when I later unfollowed them days later I got a call in under an hour and they were yelling at me about unfollowing them and how I was fake and only 'in it' for followers. One of them even proceeded to make fun of me literally till the day of graduation, and this happened during spring of sophomore year...
 I don't see why some people are so obsessed, catty, and obsessed with how many people follow them/others, how many people like the posts, reblog a photo, favorite a tweet, or watch their videos. I totally understand how people can be happy about how many people watch your video or like them, I can see how you can be proud of it even. But to be so obsessed you end up lying to yourself and doing things solely to get more likes is disgraceful even. Likes don't matter when you're talking to your friends about life. Likes don't matter when you're eating dinner with your family. They only matter because people seem to think that the amount of likes your photos on Instagram get determines how 'goals' you are. Likes don't determine your worth.
Josie Verbray said...

This is so true��

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