Today’s generation is so stuck with their digital devices that they kind of forget to look beyond social media apps. These days, users rely on social media for everything. Whether it’s a new look they want to pursue or a new restaurant nearby, people pretty much depend on the internet for almost everything.
The era of social media apps started with the rise of Facebook. It is one of the largest platforms interacting with millions of users daily. These social apps provide users with their own unique space which they fail to acquire in real life. Well, maybe the reason people are so into social media now is because on these platforms they can be anyone without fear of being judged by others.
The “Like” button is considered one of the most harmful features of social networks
Even though social media platforms provide many opportunities for users not only to communicate with people around the world but also to generate income from these opportunities. According to research by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSHP), the ‘Like’ button feature is considered the second most toxic feature on social media, while ‘Triggered Content’ (photos or videos that remind you of a negative experience) is considered the most toxic thing on social media.
Everyone likes to be liked by others, who’s not right? But the thing is, this trend of getting more likes on social posts is driving people crazy. Now people try to do various adventurous things, try to get close to dangerous animals and just to click on a picture which can help to get more likes.
Users with more likes are considered influencers of social media apps and people with less likes are confused that no one likes them.
The RSHP surveyed over 2,000 social media users, including adults and teens, and found the like button result to be the most harmful feature, even more toxic than push notifications. The push notification functionality created by apps is entirely meant to trick the public into using them without even knowing it, but according to RSHP’s survey, similar functionality affects more lives than push notifications.
All social app users have the power to change push notifications according to their needs but likes on posts cannot be controlled and that’s why it is considered as the most harmful feature of media platforms social.
Recently, Facebook launched a new campaign with a new Instagram prototype specially designed for certain countries to test people’s response to the lack of visible likes on posts. This new step of Instagram is meant to help users move away from the craze of getting likes and that’s why it is testing this new feature to show no likes on posts.
The reason behind RHSP’s study was to raise awareness and help people create a more balanced life with social apps. Users are so committed to getting more likes that they fail to connect in real time. So, with this study, they wanted to show businesses that they are helping and building meaningful use of social media platforms as well as user connection outside of digital media.
The following three other elements are also considered harmful features of social media
Messages from friends’ parties and their new adventurous journeys can trigger FOMO
Celebrity accounts can make others feel inferior to their lifestyle
· Photos and videos bringing back old and painful memories of someone special.
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