Sup bruhs and brahs, doing well?
I have finally written a blog post in what seems like months, so it may be an absolute flop. Hey, ho. I’m sure at least one of you will like it. Hopefully.
This week: why your follower count is irrelevant. A post dedicated to all of those people who track their followers by numerous apps. (We all know you have the Instagram one.)
Anyway, let’s plunge into the deep, dark, depths of matters that are simply trivial to anyone older than 20:
- How many “likes” you receive on a photo, or how many friends you have on social media does not refelect your true self. On the mysterious world of the Internet, I guarantee that you do act like yourself on platforms like Instagram and Twitter, where your parents probably won’t know how to find your online profiles. If that’s the case, what’s the point of having x many people following you when you aren’t even acting the same way online and in person?
- It also does not reflect your, arguably, most important attributes; intellect and personality. On the whole, by posting a photo of your arse (that is actually incredibly flat in real life), it does not show off the fact that your brain is used for things other than posting vacuous photos of your posterior that will be forgotten in about a month.
- Speaking of intellect (or lack of), you may suffer from the inverse; expressing your knowledge using different social media platforms and in return having little followers. In response I will say that, in the whole grand scheme of things, how many streaks you have on Snapchat, or how many “likes” you gathered on Twitter doesn’t matter. (Although, to be fair, having a couple of retweets on a meme you made on photoshop doesn’t hurt your self-esteem.)
- In about 20 years time, when Facebook will be even less of a thing than it is now, everyone will have already forgotten about how many thumbs up they gathered from that one really “peng” profile picture. If I’m honest, it has probably already escaped the minds of most, if not all of your followers. And so if all of you pictures will be forgotten about or deleted, why bother with fretting over how many people follow (or stalk) you?
- However many “friends” you have online, in my mind, creates the false impression that you have such amount in real life. There must be a point that instead of taking photos with your friends to look back on, to mark a memory etc, you are only taking photos with him/her for the acceptance of society, and to showcase that friendship off in a less than *cough* modest *cough* way.
- It also creates the false impression that you are uglier/prettier than you actually are in real life. Throwing major shade, I know, however it has to be said. I, for one, probably look different than I do online, as I know many of my classmates do. I believe that by having so many followers it encourages you to behave differently and to post pictures that you know will cater to your audience, regardless of whether they are provocative or not. I also said that it can create the false impression that you are ugly, which is perhaps less likely. This said, I do know some people who look remarkably different on social media, thinking that they look good, when in actual fact they look atrocious. I would post photos, but it’s anti-bullying week.
- Just because you have 700+ followers does not mean that it is reflected with the amount of “likes” you get on your photos. Although, it does depend on what you post/retweet, I bet that no more than 1/2 of your followers “like” your photos regularly. And this amount gets even smaller as your follower count increases. So what’s with the obsession?
- A person may have 100 followers; 100 followers who love what that person does, posts; 100 followers who appreciate the person as an actual person rather than an image on a tablet or mobile phone. Or the person may have 10x that amount and have the majority of their followers care for the photos with more skin than clothing, or care for the photos that show off too much. And, of course the person with 10x the amount of the person with 100 followers will also have people who appreciate them as an individual, however which ratio would you prefer? Which demographic would you want?
- In some instances, a high follower count does provide an amazing way to spread your positive influence and ideas. However, other than celebrities and public figures, how many people do you know that use social media to express views that are important and that challenge your own way of thinking? What’s the point of having lots of followers and not utilising the opportunity to inspire them?
- Regardless of whether you have millions or tens of people looking at your content, what really matters, what really is relevant, is that you don’t seek validation from the number at the top of your profile. Lots of people need others to “like” their selfies and pictures to feel like they matter, when this shouldn’t be the case. The number at the top of your screen is irrelevant because your character and dignity is more than just a couple of people.
Now this post may seem like it has been written by an extremely bitter, unpopular teenager who is hating on those at the top of the social ladder because she can’t get there herself – and to some extent that is true.
From my point of view, the whole point of this post is to show you, the people of the world, that you don’t need 3000 “likes” or followers to feel ‘worthy’, to feel like you are someone. And also to give everyone a reality check: social media isn’t the be-all and end-all, (even though sometimes it may feel like it is).