By Joshua Aguilar |Staff Writer|
When we share on social media, we often receive “likes” when people find our posts interesting or funny.
We scroll through various timelines of fresh pictures and status updates while giving “likes.”
The number of “likes” a post receives varies from person to person, but do likes actually matter?
“No it doesn’t matter for me, because it’s always on the other person’s perspective,” said student, Laura Romero.
“It depends if the person likes me, if I post something it’s usually for myself because I’m not worried about likes,” added Romero.
The alternative perspective said that likes do in fact matter, explained student Aprale Porraz.
“Yes because it shows that you’re cool and people are interested in your life,” said Porraz.
Students may find themselves agreeing with either side, but we can agree on how large the impact social media has on us.
We use it almost every day to stay connected to our friends and family.
One can look around campus and have a difficult time finding a person who does not use some form of social media.
“I use social media all day, literally,” said Porraz.
“I check it every morning and night and constantly every break that I get throughout the day,” continued Porraz.
Students Corey Moody, Laura Romero and Osvaldo Peralta also use social media every day.
Their use has led them to various perspectives on how they feel when they receive likes on their posts.
“I don’t think it matters. It’s on my profile for my enjoyment,” said Peralta.
“It doesn’t make me feel good or bad,” said Moody.
“For me, I do notice the number, but I don’t care,” said Romero.
“It can be reassuring to get likes on a post, or maybe it’s something only I like and if it only gets a little bit of likes I won’t delete it,” continued Romero.
“When I get a lot of likes, I feel happy because people find my posts interesting. You don’t feel sad when you don’t receive a like,” said Porraz.
When a person receives a large number of likes on a post, students agree that the number of followers they have and the content they are posting has strong influence.
“The way I feel is I look at the followers and use common sense,” said Romero.
“Pictures with so many likes are usually public, and pictures with low amounts of likes have less followers,” continued Romero.
“I don’t see anything special about likes. It really depends on your followers who like your stuff,” said Peralta.
Having followers doesn’t always mean you will get likes that you feel are deserved
“It depends on the content, if it’s negative then they don’t deserve a like,” added Porraz.
The more followers you have, the more people you are able to reach, which leads to an increase of people who will like your pictures and posts.
Even if you have a high number of followers, it does not mean they’ll like your posts.
People who only view your posts just to check up on you but never interact with you are known as ghost followers and lurkers.
So, if you’re concerned about the number of likes you’re getting, just remember, there is a difference between quantity and quality.