When Instagram begin hiding likes for many of its users last fall, social media was in an uproar given the importance of likes as a value metric. For influencers, likes could be an actual measure of impact for potential brand partners. For others, a simple notion that what they are doing on social media is, in fact, working.
But now that likes are largely gone for many, vanity metrics including retweets, reshares, and others are grown far less critical. Sure, they matter, but not near as much as your mental fitness. Spilling over in anxiety over such social metrics start to take a ton on your personal life and relationships.
How to Cope: Exercise good social media wellness habits by trying to eliminating the need to compete or be accepted. You were intelligent, powerful, and thoughtful before social media. Again, this is not to discredit the importance of social media or social media engagement. This is about putting yourself and your well-being in the real world above the impact of the digital one. Moreover, once you are at peace with certain vanity metrics, you’ll be more at ease and approach what you post in a more organic way.