July 25, 2011

"I Like, therefore you like"

Interesting article from Neil Strauss on the WSJ about peer pressure and "social validation" on facebook:

"Like" culture is antithetical to the concept of self-esteem, which a healthy individual should be developing from the inside out rather than from the outside in. Instead, we are shaped by our stats, which include not just "likes" but the number of comments generated in response to what we write and the number of friends or followers we have. I've seen rock stars agonize over the fact that another artist has far more Facebook "likes" and Twitter followers than they do."

1 comment:

Tom said...

As a product of the 1960's, I am here to tell you that the Civil Disobedience will once again become standard reading, as more and more social networks attempt to make every one a conformist.