It doesn’t feel particularly good when you upload a picture on Instagram and it gets significantly lower likes than usual. You didn’t post it for the likes but you hoped it would perform as good as usual or at least only slightly lower.
But when your image gets 40% of your average likes, you can’t help but start to question things.
Why is nobody liking my picture?
Did I post at the wrong time?
Was my picture really that bad?
Maybe if I come off Instagram for a little while the likes will be there when I go back to it.
As humans many of us have this habit of attaching meaning and feelings to situations that could be totally neutral. Share a picture because you want to share it and leave it at that.
If you feel some type of way about the numbers of likes you’ve gotten ask yourself ‘What do these likes mean to me?
Often the answer is some form of validation, that what you’ve shared is good enough. Many of us take it one step further and attach that validation to our sense of self.