As I noted in last night’s post about my venture into Instagram, I just finished a great book that offered a lot of insight into how Instagram got started and the impact it has had on society.
The book highlighted several times how many of the users of Instagram are obsessed with the number of likes and comments they can get for their posts, and the pressure they feel to post “perfect” photos.
And while that is certainly concerning, I was perhaps more surprised at one point when the author, Sarah Frier, noted that even the top influencers and celebrities are concerned with how people are going to react to their posts.
So that got me thinking.
What if that’s all we really want in life – for people to like us.
Whether it’s in real life or online.
Don’t we all want that feeling of being accepted, to feel like we’re part of a community?
So maybe our goal in life really isn’t to find our purpose or to find out what life is all about or about helping others.
Some people may say they don’t care if people like them; either they aren’t quite telling the truth or they could be a sociopath.
I’ll admit that I am guilty of such behavior. I might say I don’t care how many likes I have for one of my posts, but that’s not quite true.
I hope people like me, both in real life and in cyberspace.
Why would I want the opposite outcome?
So there you go – no need to read any fancy books on philosophy. I’ve saved you the time.
Life is all about being liked.
P.S. Here’s confirmation of my premise from Sally Field:
P.P.S. After reading this post, I realized I might be the sociopath…
P.P.P.S. Despite what you may think of this post, please do me a favor and like it… 🙂