A Study Shows That People Who Chase ‘Likes’ in Social Media Are Insecure

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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat: we all have them. Their biggest draw is attention from those you know and those you don’t, usually in the form of likes. Oh, that delicious little thumbs up/heart button.

It’s the origin of the term “like whore” anyway.

If you find yourself constantly checking how many likes and responses you got from your latest post or selfie, there might be a very big problem.

At least according to this study, of course.

Though we really don’t need a study to know that #justsaying

People Who Chase “Likes” Are Insecure

Carried out at Union College in Schenectady, New York and published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, this study basically concluded that those who obsessively chase feedback and recognition on social media are more likely to be insecure and have a fear of rejection.

Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone who uses social media extensively is considered insecure. You could just be extroverted. Or maybe you’re an uncle / auntie who thinks “Likes” means people have seen your post.

How to Know If You’re Insecure?

Here’s a helpful questionnaire to determine if you’re more likely to be the insecure type though.

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