The likes on social media apps are harming the society, here’s how

Today’s generation is so much stuck with their digital devices that they somehow forget to look beyond social media apps. Nowadays, users rely on social network for everything. Whether it is a new look they want to search or some new nearby restaurant, people pretty much rely on internet for almost everything.

The era of social media apps started with the rise of Facebook. It is one of the largest platforms that engage with millions of users on a daily basis. These social apps provide users with their own unique space that they somehow fail to acquire in real life. Well, maybe the reason people are so much indulged in social media now is that, on these platforms, they can be anyone without the fear of being judged by others.

‘Like’ button considered one of the most harmful social media feature

Even though social media platforms provide users a lot of opportunities to not just communicate with people from all around the world but to also generate revenue from these opportunities. According to a study done by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSHP), the feature of ‘like’ button is considered the second most toxic feature on social media, while "Triggering Content" (photos or videos that reminds you of a negative experience) is considered the most toxic element on social networks.

Everyone likes to be loved by others, who doesn’t right? But the thing is this trend to get more likes on social posts is making people crazy. Now people try to do various adventurous things, try to get close to dangerous animals and all just to click a picture that can help get more likes.

Users with more likes are considered the Influencers of social media apps and people with fewer likes are getting confused that nobody likes them.

The RSHP took a poll from more than 2,000 social media users which included adults and teens and found the result of like button as the most harmful feature even more toxic than push notifications. The push notification feature created by apps is all meant to keep the audience indulged in using them without them even knowing it but according to the poll by RSHP, the like feature is affecting more lives than the push notifications.

All the users of social apps have authority to modify push notifications according to their requirements but the likes on posts can’t be controlled and that is why it is considered to be the most harmful feature of social media platforms.

Recently, Facebook started a new campaign with a new prototype of Instagram specifically designed for selected countries to test the response of the people to no visible likes on posts anymore. This new step by Instagram is meant to help users get away from the craze of getting likes and that is why it is testing this new feature to not show any likes on posts at all.

The reason behind the study by RHSP was meant to aware people and help them create a more balanced life with social apps. Users are so much engaged in getting more likes that they are failing to make any real-time connection. So, with this study, they wanted to display companies to help and build a meaningful use of social media platforms along with the connection of the user outside of digital media.


The following three more elements are also considered harmful features of social media

· Posts from friend parties and their new adventurous trips can result in triggering FOMO

· The celebrity accounts can make others feel inferior about their lifestyle

· Pictures and videos bringing back old and painful memories of someone special.


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