I was scrolling through Instagram last night and saw someone I knew from junior high school on my recommended friends feed. The kid has passed away a few years ago in a skiing accident but his account had never been deleted. So out of curiosity I clicked his profile, but everything was set to private which is understandable. But I noticed something odd about his follower count. This kid was fairly popular yet his follower total had seemed to drop from around 2k to 200. What does that mean? It means his “friends” were more worried about their follower ratios than following their deceased friend’s account and unfollowed him. Yep, that’s where we are with society.
Honestly, what do you expect from this generation anymore? People are so obsessed with follower counts, likes and all the stupid social media shit that makes no difference in the real world. Seriously, you guys do realize social media doesn’t technically exist, right? The girl you’ve been simping over not liking one of your photos means nothing yet people will lose sleep over the concept. All I know is if you unfollow someone because they’ve passed away you’re a royal scumbag.
If you’re somehow following any of my personal social media accounts, I ask that you value our digital friendship more than your fucking follower ratio. When I die, however soon or far away that may be, don’t be so eager to click the unfollow button. If you’re that worried about your follower totals then go ahead and unfollow me while I’m still alive so I know who my real friends are on social media.
“An eye for an eye, a like for a like” seems seems to be the motto for the modern day social experiment we call social media. But let me remind you of something: The world existed before your phone did. I may have been young, but I remember having friends before Facebook and I can tell you now that life was much simpler when it came to knowing people. So in this complex era of universal connection all I ask is that you value a human being more than your follower count. Seriously people, are we that far gone already?