When I was 9 years old we had a student teacher who was trying to study the social dynamics in the classroom by asking us about who we liked in the class. A few girls decided they would do their own survey by seeing who was the least liked in the class.
They proudly announced to me that I was least popular girl in the class.
Now, before you start getting out the violins and suggest I need counselling, I really was not upset. I knew I was not popular, never was, never have been. It was just and still being my reality. I was never even nominated to be class captain. Even back then, I was ok because I had a few close friends who would always be there for me. The fact the rest of the class preferred other people to me, was fine.
Some may say but Leah you are remembering this some 50 years later so it must have concerned you. Not really, I find it a useful anecdote.
Today we seem obsessed with being liked - how many likes did you get? If something on YouTube is like by 10,000 people and something else only 450 does that make the first one better. Since when does being more popular make it of a better quality?
Of course, people who don't use Facebook, YouTube, twitter, etc are probably aware of the trend to want as many as likes as possible.
Going viral is something people aim for with their posts or videos. Why is popularity seen as being the main thing to aim for and a very desirable trait?
There is nothing new about popular movies, blockbusters, top selling books, achieving fame only on their popularity.
If something is popular should it be valued more than something that is not popular?
Have you ever been popular? What was it like?
Are we concentrating too much on whether a film clip goes viral than on whether it has a worthwhile message.
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