Gone are the days when a picture meant memories, love and life. Now a picture is evaluated by the number of ‘likes’ it gets on Facebook. We take pictures only to upload it on our ‘Walls’ (or for unfortunate ones like me on our ‘Timeline’). A ‘Profile Picture’ is something that is uploaded so that people who you barely glanced at once in school can become your friends and ogle at your awesomeness. But then people discovered the magic of being ‘liked’ for every atrocity that they post. This gave rise to the ‘mirror-phone’ photos, the ‘model-pose’ photos, the ‘fringe-hair-tilt-head’ photos, the ‘ass-mirror-phone’ photos and other such annoying pictures.
PURPOSE OF THE EXPERIMENT:
Put up the most horrendous picture of yourself. Will people like that too?
- Take a really bad picture of yourself. Really scary or plain silly.
- Upload it on the profile picture feature on Facebook.
- Wait and watch for the number of likes.
You’ll get a minimum of 5 likes. Because people will think you are cool. After doing this,
- Take a very sexy, cute or nice picture of yourself.
- Again upload the same on Facebook.
- Wait and watch again for the number of likes.
You’ll again get a minimum of 10 likes. Because people will think you are sexy or cute.
There was no difference in the number of approvals for the scary picture and the cute picture. Frankly, I didn’t expect any.
Apparently the ‘like’ button is just like the check-box next to ‘I have read and understood the terms and conditions’. We don’t care that it’s there. We don’t care that it means something. All we have to do is click on it and move on with our lives.
Same with the pictures. We seek approval so much that we take hundreds of pictures of our self in weird poses just so that there would be over 10 ‘likes’ for the picture. The more our picture is liked we are left with a false sense of pride that we look better, and hence our popularity will increase. Sadly, this is where we all become more shallow and narrow-minded. And this is just the beginning.