To like, or not to like: SFA students say how social media ‘likes’ affects self-esteem

To like, or not to like: SFA students say how social media ‘likes’ affects self-esteem
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Do you care about how many likes you get on social media? Well there is a new study that said if you are one of those people, you may have lost your purpose in life.

Let's face it, many of us check our social media accounts more than we check our bank accounts.

With so many trending sites like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram at our finger tips, it's become a slight obsession.

"My parents might say I have an obsession because they didn't really have a social media, but I think I'm on there a pretty decent time," said social media user James Burns.

"I wouldn't say that I'm obsessed, but it make me feel pretty good when I get above 50 or 100 likes," said social media user Callie Simnitt.

A blue thumbs up is turning into the modern way of a compliment.

"I usually tell my friends like when I get over 100, and I feel so good about myself," Simnitt said.

"I am obsessed with likes because when I get a like, I feel like it's just a form of them saying 'Oh yeah you look great," said social media user Christina Hinds.

Some people try to find loopholes to getting more likes.

"I have this theory that maybe it's the time of day," Simnitt said. "Usually, when people are lying in bed about to go to sleep or something, if you post it right before then, a lot more people would like it."

"There's a certain time when you should post, and like, if you post a picture of yourself you'll probably get more likes," said social media user Olivia Martin.

A new study that was done at Cornell University found that people who are affected by a lack of likes could be lacking a sense of purpose.

"If you don't have a strong sense of meaning and purpose, then you're more vulnerable to external gratification, and external feedback," said licensed professional counselor Dr. Debra Burton. "People that really do have a strong sense of meaning and purpose are not as dependent on that."

The study defines a sense of purpose as ongoing motivation that is self-directed.

"The advantage of a person that has a sense of meaning and purpose is they're going to have very steady motivation," Burton said. "They're going to know what they want to do, they know how they're going to do it, and they're not going to be set off course."

Experts said one of the best ways to become more confident and find your sense of purpose is to figure out what would ultimately bring you happiness.

Copyright 2016 KTRE. All rights reserved.