Should We Use Social Media As A Barometer Of Success?

Kim Kardashian has more online admirers than there are people living in the United States combined. Cristiano Ronaldo, a football player, has much more than that: 477 million followers on Instagram alone.

Reasons why this matters

While you may not have Kim or Cristiano’s number of followers, the “social” aspect of media is still important. In other words, it extends your organic reach at no cost to you. Around ten years ago, this wasn’t a possibility. The rules for achieving public acclaim have shifted in the age of social media.

I’ll just show you the numbers

It was in the early 2000s when social media platforms first appeared. MySpace (established in 2003) was the first worldwide social networking platform, while Facebook (founded in 2004) has since developed and refined a superior feed (and mousetrap).

When it began rolling out its ad product in 2007, Facebook provided a free “attention” platform for its users. It was clear to Facebook that the developing freemium business model favoured focusing on audience growth before monetization.

To fill the gaps between the revelations

Success is driven by networks, as noted by Albert-László Barabási in his book “The Formula: The Universal Rules of Success,” even when performance is difficult to quantify. One of the most important indicators of success in the modern day is the size of one’s social network.

Two indicators exist for gauging accomplishment.

Using hard evidence. First across the finish line is the racing car driver. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most goals.
according to the general populace. That’s how many people have shared or liked your content. Achievements can be defined by them. And Kim excels at it. A spotlight-chasing projectile of success.

So, it is important to be seen and to have social evidence.

After they have seen you, identified you, and approved of your creation, they will affirm it. Your creativity and importance are both essential. Intense affirmation is like a potent narcotic that makes you desire to speed up the creative process.

This is what they are saying

Like I said before, Facebook’s organic reach just isn’t what it used to be. In 2022, it is predicted to be approximately 5.2%.

On the other hand, claims that TikTok’s organic reach of 118% makes it a superior emerging option to Facebook for free attention. TikTok’s content network algorithm, which highlights quality videos, is a major factor. Distinct from Facebook’s social graph, your content is not limited to the people who already follow you.

Slap in the face of reality

While it’s true that social media may increase your exposure without costing you anything, you should know that Facebook and other sites don’t really give away anything anymore. 

TikTok, though, is a bright spot among all of the free-sharing doldrums (at least for the moment).

These groups are not all rainbows and unicorns that sing Kumbaya together. There’s no doubt that social networking has a lot going for it, but the technology also has some serious drawbacks.

In that case, what are some of the negative effects and repercussions of social media?

Addiction is a real problem

Addiction takes many forms, and research on social media dependency has revealed a few more.

As a result of “fear of missing out” (FOMO), many of us constantly check our phones for updates on what’s happening in the world.

Constantly checking your phone because you can’t stop getting notifications

Safety of the Mind

This is a major problem, and there are many ways in which the use of social media can have unintended consequences.

Problems with self-perception can be summed up as the tendency to evaluate one’s own qualities by comparison to those of others, who are often portrayed as more refined and put-together. Most of the time, when we put anything out into the social media world, we’re trying to present the best version of ourselves. But, reality lies beyond the facade presented by the front door. And that may be brutal and harsh at times. Reading through your feed may leave you feeling inadequate.

When it comes to bullying, an open platform may provide trolls and bullies the opportunity to behave in ways that we had believed had been left behind in elementary school. There are now even grownups behaving like the toxic bullies they were when they were kids.


Instead of “deep work,” we become sidetracked by trivial matters. And what do you know? As a result, we move from being efficient to being unable to focus on anything.

Disputing as a weapon

At first, social media and other platforms’ algorithms were supposed to facilitate communication on a worldwide scale, expand users’ perspectives, and unite the world.

Nevertheless, this has the unintended consequence of providing us with a narrow stream of content that does not challenge us intellectually. trapping us in a community of “like-minded” tribalists.

You may even say this is “mind shrinking” rather than stimulating the mind. The repetition of negative thoughts. This promotes isolation rather than mutual understanding. This leads to distraction weapons of mass destruction, which only serve to further divide us.

Simply put

Master the art and science of sharing if you’re an entrepreneur or artist who wants to get known and draw attention. So-called “social media” functions like that. But after that, you’ll need to boost it with sponsored advertising.

Social media platforms have emerged as the dominant worldwide sharing networks. When utilised properly, these channels may significantly increase exposure for your work and its potential for monetary gain.

Realize, nevertheless, that social media is just a tool, and that basing one’s life and death on its reflected light can be dangerous. Cultivate the skill of using it rather than falling prey to its seductive allure.

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