The word "Like" is a term that is used as an adverb or adjective to indicate a context of similarity, liking or loving.
In fact, the common use for which we see and use this term is mainly in contexts where we want to say that there is something we like.
On the web, especially on blogs and social media; it is one of the main keys to indicate the appreciation of a text, an image or a discussion: it can be represented as a hand with the thumb raised, a heart or an arrow pointing upwards.
It's just a symbol… but it has the power to gratify people with impressive strength.
Do not deny. There was also a moment for you when you felt extremely satisfied receiving so many after posting something on the Web.
How can it be? Well, it's very simple.
As silly as it seems to rely on something that exists virtually, when you are the author of a work it is the most desired form of reward.
It is true, it is unknown people who come into contact with our works, but they are still spectators who can become our fans always ready to support us. As a freelance artist, I am pleased to see that people appreciate my work even if I am not a professional ... it is a great satisfaction that makes me go to sleep with a smile on my face.
The "Likes", in addition to giving you a good boost of self-esteem, also help to increase your popularity as (at least as far as I know) the algorithms detect the traffic of the subject that is receiving attention and consequently expand the visibility of the creator to other possible followers with the same tastes. A wider audience means more popularity, more popularity means more viewing and (in case it happens) opportunities to get hired for jobs.
In short, it's a kind of way to get a modest reputation.
But if you're not careful, what starts out as mere complacency can turn into a problem.
Many people do not care the amount of attention that their content will receive, they just need to thank anyone who has stopped to observe or judge what has been created, and maybe have a chat with the most curious. A completely different question is for whom, instead; it bases it work on this alone.
Some people take “Likes” too seriously, as a kind of notoriety certificate or as the only thing that really matters.
The more they receive, the more they are pleased: in a nutshell, it becomes a real obsession. An addiction such as that which can be triggered by drinking too much or smoking too much, and as such, when it fails, they become hysterical and blame out anyone, even those who are trying to help them.
In that case there are two paths that can be taken: the one of detoxification - and realizing that they are wrong - or that of obstinacy - which consists in continuing to feel bad, of course.
The search for notoriety is a problem that unfortunately affects many people.
Often, however, it is not a question of vanity, but of a desperate search to know if you are still good at what you are doing. The uncertainty, the inability to improve, the envy of those who are better ... there are many unknowns that can lead us to the road to hell.
It is therefore important to realize that you have a problem and solve it before it gets worse, so that Likes continue to be a genuine expression of appreciation.