“While the Like button has trained us to be likable,” Huff writes. “It has prevented us from feeling truly loved. We post our curated lives and edit our true feelings and struggles to maximize the rewards.”
“The desire to be liked in such a way that we filter who we truly are is moving us away from feeling loved because it is making it impossible for us to be truly known,” she continued.
Robertson Huff warned that the desire to be “liked” based on your social media presence will not satisfy.
“Being seen is the cheapest version of being known; visibility will not fill your heart or nourish your spirit,” her book reads. “People want so badly to be seen when their true desire is to be known. Trust me, you could be seen by millions and feel like the loneliest person. Yet you could be known by just a few and feel totally secure.”
Robertson also revealed that her inspiration for writing the book came after the birth of her first daughter, Honey.
“I dedicated this book to Honey,” she wrote in a separate Instagram post. “The girl who held me accountable to every word I wrote as she was in my belly or in my arms right there with me through the process. The girl who reminded me that their is a generation coming who will be affected by the people we choose to be influenced by and the ones [we] choose follow.”
Movieguide® previously reported on the impact social media platforms have on teenagers:
In an internal report obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook confessed that Instagram hurts teenagers’ self-esteem.
“Teens told us that they don’t like the amount of time they spend on the app but feel like they have to be present,” an Instagram research manager wrote. “They often feel ‘addicted’ and know that what they’re seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.”
Derek Thompson, a writer for The Atlantic, responded to the WSJ’s article by noting that social media is “attention alcohol.”
“It has some beneficial qualities, but it’s not naturally wholesome,” Thompson said. “Many [people] use it often and love it and are basically okay. But a lot of people abuse it and develop unhealthy compulsions with it. Also, it’s functionally a depressant.”
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