The power of the like

MSN to Bebo to Facebook to Twitter to Instagram. Not sure what happened to the first two but we lost Facebook to our mums andTwitter to those “White Girl Problems”. Maybe we will lose Instagram to our dads?! lol, hi dad thanks for the likes! 🙂

As a society we seem to love likes. 20 likes, 100 likes, 2000 likes. It is just a number game, if a photo doesn’t get enough likes its deleted??? when I hit 20 likes, I feel like running around my kitchen hi5ing my dogs. It seems to be the younger generation (can’t believe I’m saying “younger” when I’m only I’m 22) that are so obsessed with the power of the like. They somehow manage to gain 300 likes on a blurring pic? excuse me,  my good quality photo deserves more likes

I was at school when Instagram, yes kids it only came out in 2010, became a thing. I became an instagroupie in 2012. I know this because I stalked myself instead of someone else the other day (yes I’m one of those girls who knows how your mums, best friend, nieces,, ex boyfriends, new girlfriend holiday was??)  Only now have I realised that I was the most tragic  17 year old on IG, I also noted that I often only achieved 1 or 2 likes. ONE or TWO likes. Imagine that now, I would delete it and dig my own grave..

When I went through my feed and it was clear to see that I was: A, still at school and B, 17 years old. The photos were either; snaps about school, a house party or a photo of free university pens that I collected from a open days (btw that was the pic gained me one like. Thank you Sarah Marshall!!!!) Nothing screamed SHE’S 17 more than my Instagram. Nowadays, I scroll in the most non-weird way through girls feeds and their posts are of night outs, selfies and a ‘love this look thank you @arandommua for my makeup’. Non of this screams I’m 17 at all!. Are they still in school?? Are they 22??? Have they secured a grad-scheme in a leading company?? Are they managing a bottle of wine without getting blind drunk??  My reaction is very similar to Rylan making the live shows on X Factor, when I find out they are 12.

My average likes on Instagram is about 30. Yet Mads has scored an absolute blinder by getting over the 200 mark! So the one question is who is a fault???

Me? maybe I’m not good enough for the likes

My unsupportive friends? shame on you all #fakefriends

My captions? They are becoming less witty??

The stupid algorithm? OMG! I JUST LIKED SOMEONE’S PHOTO FROM 7 DAYS AGO. THIS IS THE END.

We’ve been taught forever to respect our elders and that we should always help those in need, likeeeee I always give up my seat on the bus for older people or the lady so full of a baby she looks like she might pop!

Maybe the young Instagram kids should do the same but instead of giving up a seat, they should give up 0.2seconds of their day to double tap on my photo…. after all, it’s basically the same thing.

EL

TPS X

PS. Most of the tragic photos have been deleted but I’m sure you will stalk me anyway

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