In what ways does social networking, specifically 'like' culture, contribute to conformity or other negative consequences?
Diversity is a big part of a healthy society. But the “like” culture steals diversity from people. It turns people into machines that are easily manipulated, because they don’t have their own point of view, values and are unable to make their own choices. People no longer share with others what is truly important to them. They are amending their thoughts so everyone else would like it. A person thinks that his beliefs and opinions are not as significant for other people as they are for him. As a result of this, people get silenced. We are being influenced by the virtual world and therefore, we cannot be heard online.
Neil Strauss’ point of view on today’s growing obsessions about the ‘like’ culture is that people no longer have their own opinions. They are masking their true “selves” online in order to win more followers. “Just as stand-up comedians are trained to be funny by observing which of their lines and expressions are greeted with laughter, so too are our thoughts online moulded to conform to popular opinion by those buttons”. So the online users prone to be entirely different than they are in reality, as well as they are prone form opinions that satisfy others, so they would get a ‘like’ to make themselves feel better. Nevertheless “like” culture is antithetical to the concept of self-esteem”. The author tells us how a person is trying to fit in online by conforming to what anyone likes or how he feels. Usually those people with low self-esteem are the victims of the ‘like’ culture. They lack originality and they don’t have any perspective on anything. They do not argue against anything they actually wouldn’t like and therefore are easy to control, like a machine.
A man is losing ownership of himself to his own creations. . Very