Followers on Social Media
Facebook= 826 friends
Instagram= 100 followers
Google + = I don’t really know
WordPress= 50 followers
I love the little red notification I get on my phone every time someone likes one of my statuses or blogs. I hurriedly check to see who has liked what I’ve said.
When I post a new blog, I constantly refresh my WordPress app to see how many people have read my blog. The number of people reading my posts depends greatly on the topic I am writing about. It doesn’t matter to me. If there is a low number of people reading my blog that day, I become a bit sad and feel defeated.
These feelings of sadness seem to be even more true when it comes to Twitter. A few weeks ago I was at 90 followers. I couldn’t wait until I reached 100. I finally hit the 100 mark and that wasn’t enough. This week I think I hit around 145. My next goal became 200.
I started to realize how ridiculous I was being. Even if I got a 100,000 followers I would still want more.
Avid users of social media seem to be putting a high value on the number of followers or likes they get. You see it all the time in pop culture. Entertainment news headlines are constantly talking about how many Twitter followers Justin Beiber has compared to everyone else.
I believe this obsession with how popular we are online can become unhealthy. I know it has for me. I thought about taking a complete break from social media, but then I realized if I did that I would lose all of the followers I had worked so hard to gain.
Not everyone cares about how many people like their statuses, instagram photos or tweets. I get that. But, I think there is a very large amount of people who do. On some level, all humans want to be noticed and appreciated. And I believe social media has given us the avenue to do just that.
What do you think? Do you look at the number of people following you on social media sites, or do you not care?