First Instagram post

My 13 year old daughter posted her first set of photos on Instagram this week. It was interesting to notice that soon after she posted, she garnered 134 likes and 64 comments.

Now, she is only a teenager and not a content creator but before she starts looking for validation in these social media driven numbers, it was important for me to teach her to ask the following questions,

  • What exactly does your content stand for?
  • Who has liked your post?
  • Who has commented?

Her reasons to be on Instagram are different to mine and all of the above questions may not make sense today but one day they will.

When we just look at the surface, 134 likes and 64 comments can make us feel amazing but our critical thinking skills should make us question things to form a judgement. Because the truth is rarely on the surface.

Eventually, these lessons are for the grown up world on social media where it is important to learn to analyse facts to form a judgment. Just look beyond the interviews, photos, awards, acknowledgements and articles you see people posting. You can very easily, make anything glossy and call it content.

Or, if you don’t want to spend time questioning, you can be like me, just ignore the noise and stick to the difficult path to success where likes take a long time to come and if you do get on this path, here is the good news, the difficult path to success is a lot less crowded for obvious reasons.

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