On Sunday, Instagram user Katie Bower (@BowerPowerBlog) posted a birthday message for her son for his sixth birthday, in which he lamented the lack of commitment his posts receive when he appears.
In the title of the post, Bower writes: "Instagram never liked my Munchkin and he killed me on the inside, his photos never had so many" likes. "He never received comments, and from a statistical point of view, he was not so popular among all of them. . there." Basically, she compares tastes in the publications that characterize her for the amount of love she is giving to her son. For strangers on the internet.
The problem with this need to feel validated by social networks, a common occurrence in our modern world, is that Bower really believes that his son may not succeed in life because he does not get enough traction on his Instagram and blames himself for that. . Its title indicates that "I say all that because I want to believe that it was not him … that he was on me." My insufficiency caused this statistical deficit because obviously my Munch should receive ALL the love.
His regret for his son's lack of love on the Internet has been beaten ever since, prompting Bower to edit the title to include an explanation: "It revealed this feeling because I know that one day he will see the numbers and he will have to learn that his value is not in online approval. "
The thing is, it does not have to be that way. If your diet was not filled with pictures of your children, you would never have to compare the tastes of others or seek approval online. Bowen would not have the need to feel "insufficient" about being responsible for this "statistical deficit."
Here's a thought: Maybe just keep your kids out of your Instagram feed?