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February 24, 2021

New survey reveals social media likes are more important than real life

It’s official.

We now have research that reveals more and more of us are losing connection with our lives in order to earn likes and social media praise.

Aaargh! We all knew this was coming.

According to a February 2015 survey by, nearly 3 out of 4 people admit to being rude or disconnected from others because they’re more focused on their phone and social media activity than on the people around them.


I’ve done that.

So have you.

The survey also revealed 58 percent of respondents say posting that perfect picture has prevented them from enjoying life experiences and sometimes led to bizarre or immoral behavior.

Why would seemingly normal people do these things?

The survey coordinators, social scientists Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, say it’s because “likes” are a low-effort way of producing a feeling of social well-being that takes more effort to get in the real world.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about how the social media like is controlling our attention and efforts.

Likes Over Life_infographic


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