I've been meaning to tweet about this for a while but since I have this new platform where I'm not held back by a character limit I'm just going to say it......Wtf is instragram doing with these new minor yet awful changes?
For those of you who don't know Instragram, or IG as I like to call it recently updated how likes are shown for videos and pictures. You may have not even noticed because you're probably a normal person with important things in their life. I am not.
Before whenever you posted a picture or video, until you got 11 likes on said picture or video it would simply list the names of the users who liked it. Then when you got to 11 likes and beyond it just said X likes, giving you a real sense of accomplishment, that yeah you might be a 20 something loser with no prospects in life, but you could take pride in, at least my picture of my new shoes got 32 likes. Now if you get 8 likes on a post, instead of listing the 8 users like before, it will simply say "8 likes" like this
This is absolute bullshit and I'll tell you why.
Whether you want to admit it or not social media for the most part is about narcissism. Why else would someone want to people post a shitty picture of the ocean, their meal or a selfie? There is no other reason to explain why a girl would post a selfie with a stupid song lyric or quote that makes no sense in the context of the picture other than to get the brief satisfaction of knowing that 172 people took .2 seconds to double click their iPhone screen. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, nobody appreciates female beauty quite like ole dozo, but lets call a spade a spade shall we? Is it stupid at it's core? yea probably, but for the most part we all do it. People want the likes and attention from others. It is some how satisfying. I do it too. It is okay. Everybody just wants to be accepted and appreciated at the end of the day, thats just part of the human condition (I think)
Obviously there are some other reasons to use social media but everything I just said is true (maybe). Social media can be amazing to break news, share info between the masses, bring people together and share a good laugh, the list of its benefits goes on. I love social media but that is all it really is, when you break it down, people wanting praise and acceptance from others and we want to brag about the things that go well in our lives. That is part of the human condition, and again it is normal (I think). Whether you want to admit it or not. Yeah I want to make people laugh on twitter, but how do you measure the success? Usually by retweets or favorites (I'll always call it favorites not likes)
But at the end of the day what instagram is ruining social darwinism. We need to let cream rise to the top.
Per example: My duck coloring (as much as I liked it) didn't have what it takes to make it as an 11 liker. (S/o the 8 people who enjoyed my bomb ass duck) I should have to deal with the consequences of posting in the world of Instagram a shitty picture. In this case, shame for being a failure on IG. Now people are being taken off the hook, as when you're quickly scrolling you may not notice the difference between 3 likes and 23 likes on a pic/video.
The 11 like plateau is what separated people, because lets face it if you can't get 11 likes on a picture you're a loser. I've had friends text me asking to give them the 11th like. It is something about the fact that it is a 11 too that makes it so much more satisfying, to know you finally made it. That little extra difference from 10 to 11 makes all the difference.
People toss around likes on IG like candy on Halloween. If one of my friends puts something up I'll like it regardless of what it is around 80% of the time. It's not like twitter where for a normal person to get 11 favorites it either needs to be a fire tweet or they're a hot chick with thirsty followers, in which case they aren't really a normal person. Normal people aren't hot that is what makes them normal, hot people are hot people.
Now like all things in society, we are coddling the people who aren't as good, or as pretty or as funny or fill in the adjective . If you post something that sucks and get 2 likes you should have to deal with that fact that you're a loser and can't even catch a few pity likes. It sucks, but for the most part we've all been there.
I'll admit it, it is why I don't post a ton of stuff on IG. Who wants to be a failure? It is what stops most of us from trying a lot of things in life.
But a major problem with today's day in age is letting people be ok with mediocrity. It's not okay, if you aren't as good as someone at something you shouldn't be treated the same, someone's 4 like picture should not be treated the same as someone else's 400 like photo. That's just not fair for the talented people. That isn't how life works in the real world and needs to be stopped in schools and on social media . Even with something as trivial as a post on Instagram. If you post something and it sucks you gotta be able to deal with it.
Plus and more importantly than all that psychological bullshit I was just spewing, it takes away from the most important part of the 11th like, the thrill, the chase. If you have a post that is right on the cusp of 11 likes, you may have been watching your phone just waiting for that 11th like to come. When it does it's like hitting a buzzer beater or something that feels good to people who don't understand basketball analogies. Maybe like how you feel after finishing a good book. Now that feeling of euphoria, success and relief is gone. Thanks a lot instagram. You're taking away my Tiger Woods fist pump from me that I do once I get the elusive 11th like. Now what do I have to live for if I can't watch the same picture of Fenway I post every time I go from a list of 10 instragram users to "11 likes"? They're stealing joy from us and I just won't take that lying down.
Now that brings me to the IG Video issue: Now with videos they got rid of showing the total number of likes completely and instead it will say X views. This is also bullshit, my dumb brain still calls "likes" on twitter "favorites" because I don't really like change. So now when you or I look at a video on insta and see "302,394 views" at first your brain is going to think "Wow that got a ton of likes" when it is really just stupid views which mean nothing, I'll view something online all the time and hate it, that shouldn't be what we see immediately on IG. It is false advertising IMO.
Look at this video (screenshot of a video) of my beloved Boston Celtics for example, saying it has 46,799 views which I guess is cool. When in reality this video only had 13,054 likes at the time of when I first screenshot this picture. Again, false advertising.
I'm just saying Instagram had a good thing going and they had to try and get all cute and messed everything up. (Or not at all if you are a normal person and don't care about stupid shit like I do). I for one am not about it at all. If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything.