The Unconscious Need
Instagram likes, retweets on Twitter, reblogs on Tumblr, requests on Facebook… the list goes on. As a generation, we constantly seek for ways to be approved from our peers and even from those whom we don’t know. It seems as though we have unconsciously become obsessed about what others think about us. Care to debate? Put up a picture on Instagram, and somehow you receive a significantly less amount of “likes” than you what you are used to. You will begin to question yourself, the picture, the filter, even Instagram as a whole. You will wonder what was wrong with this picture, and why your friends didn’t like it. It is inevitable. We have begun to become programmed to focus on what others see rather than what we see.
Social networks allow us to publicize our thoughts and views to those who wish to see them. It is a personal forum with no true guidelines or format. Twitter for example, is a social network in which one can post as many thoughts as they want, (as long as any single thought remains under 140 characters) about whatever they want. An amplified number of retweets from a single thought is enough to make a person feel like a young Ghandi. The approval of your thoughts will essentially create a sense of confidence that was most likely non existent until you realized your friends agreed.
Pic stitches, filters, and witty captions all subconsciously scream “like me, like me!” It is becoming such a phenomenon that people are beginning to seek approval without even noticing. In the same sentence saying “I don’t care what people think” they are waiting to post an Instagram post until the “prime time”, or making sure they are spreading posts far apart for the maximum amount of likes. It is an epidemic that stems far and wide across our generation. Everybody may not be a victim however, it is taking over the masses.