The Story of Liking My Own Facebook Status Updates

Life lessons of the Facebook LIKE

Everyone knows I make an effort to like my own Facebook status updates…and my own Instagram pics.  This is starting to sound like my essay “I wear My Backpack High To Stand Out” that I wrote in high school.  My teacher returned that to me with more red ink than words I had written, but I promise this post is actually going somewhere.

The act of liking my own Facebook status started out as mocking what human interaction been reduced to: a mouse click for “like” or continued slothing (do nothing and veg).  This was a sickening discovery while researching and developing web UX (user experience), because this reduced state of interaction among people wasn’t dictated by Facebook or Youtube or other websites & apps.  Rather, Facebook and Youtube, through testing what people responded well to, uncovered the lazy, low-consciousness caveman within us all.  A “Like” might as well be a caveman GRUNT. “Ugh!”  Remember when Youtube ratings had 0-5 stars?  “Too much brain work,” said the people!  “I just want to grunt happy (Like) or grunt sad/angry/annoyed (Dislike).”

Recovering from this shock, the act of liking my own Facebook status also embodies essential self development philosophies.

1.  Self confidence.  Believe in what you have to say.  Say it loud, say it proud.  Much sub-communication such as tonality is lost in written text, especially short status updates stuffed with hashtags and lol’s.  Emphasize it by liking it yourself.  It’s just a click, er… grunt.

2.  Be a leader.  If you like your own status, other people are more likely to like it too.  Many people may have been moved by what you posted but just too afraid to be the first to click “Like.”  Start off the “Like”-fest for them.   It’s just a click, er… grunt.

3.  Provide value.  To believe in what you say, it has to be good.  Challenge yourself to post something of value, whether if it’s profound, entertaining, or stupid.  If it’s not something you’d stand behind with a simple “Like,” it’s junk.  Probably some moment of embarrassing emotional weakness.  Train yourself to not vent on Facebook.  It’s embarrassing, and if you do, you’ll have to follow it up with a “Like.”


p.s. “I promise this is going somewhere” is a great phrase to keep the audience hooked while you ramble on about whatever.

If this were a Facebook status, I’d load it up with likes because (1) I’m confident it works (2) Want others to use it too (3) has value because it works.


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