Forget the alcoholics and drug addicts; there are a new kind of addicts among us, and that too in a huge number, the Like-aholics. I guess you all must have got, what is hidden(if at all) behind the words.
You don’t have to ‘like’ me and I’m okay with that!
Many a times, we say this to others, face to face, with a rude attitude, but what happens when the battleground is Facebook/Twitter? We all have a natural wish to be loved or even ‘liked’ will do. Social networking sites have just made that effortless, allowing people to like & share or follow & tweet-retweet your posts, status and photographs. With this, has creeped in, the ever increasing anxiety, “We must be liked!”.
People go crazy, expanding their friend lists. And, then cross the limits of craziness, if these people don’t ‘like’ them.This is kind of an alarming signal that the Gen Y is not as much cool as they love being portrayed. Somewhere, something is going wrong. They put up their wardrobe on Facebook, post pictures of their newly bought shades or converse or may be a mug of coffee they had in the evening.
Why is it so important to seek others’ approval on your way of living?? And, with this, they miss out the fun part of living, as they are too busy taking snaps and uploading them. When they get less likes or comments, they start head-banging over the thought that why people are not liking them? Are they too bad, too ugly, or outdated?
End result: restlessness, anxiety, depression. These sites have started to rule your happiness!
And let’s be real, surely you don’t like everybody around. There must be a whole lot of people you just put up with, but don’t like. And that’s okay, no law says that you have to love or like everyone.
There was a joke that went viral on the Internet the last week – What would happen if Facebook suddenly shut down? The answer? Well, we’d have a whole bunch of people running around, holding holiday photographs and profile shots screaming on the streets – “Like me! Like me!” A funny scenario to imagine, but possibly something like that might actually come true, should such a situation arise!
I’ve learnt that eventually the only one who has to like you is yourself and if you can make that happen, then it’ll be just fine! Everyone of us is pretty awesome in our own way. I like myself; you should too. (like yourself, I mean 😛 )