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What's a Like Worth?

First of all, I totally understand the obvious hypocrisy of this here article. A rambling on the dangers of social media that will be shared on multiple social media platforms... it’s almost too obvious. but I digress. let’s get started.

It seems like a silly question, but if you think about it we gravitate towards those on social media with thousands of followers when determining how attractive someone is.Vanity metrics are used most often when referring to businesses and how successful their marketing is. So here is a half analogy, half hypothetical question for you to ponder.

You are the CEO of a company.our figurative business is your self worth and your figurative success is how popular, happy, or important you are based on likes, retweets, shares, and followers. Sounds like some superficial foolishness, but this ridiculous thought process on determining self-value had played a huge part in my life from the moment I received my first smartphone up until this most recent winter break. I’m not telling you to delete your social media. That would be drastic as well as add more to the hypocrisy of this article, which obviously is not my intentions. What I am saying to you is that a multitude of “likes” should have nothing to do with how you see yourself. A wise man once said “ I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome, then she finally got to Rome and all she did was post pictures for people at home. ‘Cause all that mattered was impressing everybody she’s known.” (Drake). Often times we find ourselves so wrapped up in our own digital activity, that we start to revolve our lives around these intangibles to the point that they dictate what we wear, the activities we involve ourselves in, and the people we associate with. No, social media is not terrible. But the power we give it is problematic.

I challenge you to be conscious the next time you’re on social media. Don’t be concerned with the numbers of likes on your photo, don’t be concerned about your tweet going viral, and don’t be concerned with who's following you and who isn’t following you. It’s all superficial to some extent and has nothing to do with how you view yourself. You are the person you are, and there is nothing that someone or something else can take from you. I’m not here to tell you how to live your life, but I just want to remind you that we as individuals, as brothers, and as a Wabash family are worth tenfold more than any number on an app could say about us.

-Ryan Hahn