To your brain, getting a "like" on Facebook is an experience similar to eating a nice, crispy serving of lechon or finally receiving your 13th month pay—at a greatly weaker intensity, of course. But what all of these do is stimulate a reward center in the brain called the "nucleus accumbens," according to a report on Time.com.
If you've ever wondered why getting likes on Facebook and other social media networks feels good, that's the science behind it.
But as with anything that makes us feel good, we could get addicted to it. "Likes" could effectively become your drug, and you will itch for that next fix. Your followers and friends effectively become your drug dealer. Money won't help you buy their likes though; you'll need true like-bait, something really funny, or something really mindblowing.
Think you're addicted? Here's a checklist:
1. You check every second after posting something new.
"Come on, people. I don't have all day to wait for your likes!"
...and are absolutely devastated when the number of likes don't reach your expectations.
2. You make a mental note of who's liking and who's not liking.
And you hate it when a person who you were pretty sure would like it didn't do so.
3. You try to figure out what will make that person like your post the next time around.
"I'll get you next time, you Facebook snob."
4. The first person to like your post gets extra points in your book.
"I love you, first-liker."
5. The first thing you do in the morning is to check how many likes that post you made right before sleeping has gotten.
If your post "performs" as well as you thought it would, it feels like you're about to have the best day ever.
6. And if it doesn't, you're like, "Do people hate me? Why do people hate me?"
OA, but true.
7. When stumbling upon a funny photo on the internet, you sometimes catch yourself thinking, "I wonder how many 'likes' this might get!"
And then when you're absolutely convinced that this story will set a new "career high" for likes, well, that's usually a telltale sign that it won't. You will be disappointed. And you will question your ability to connect with people and the validity of your feelings.
8. You'll then begin to understand that if there's one trait that people will really like about a post, it's this: sincerity.
Bragging about that shiny new thing you just bought won't get you likes. Same goes for being cryptic, elitist, and dogmatic.
There's the trick, fellas! Post only the things that genuinely elicited a response from you. Happy things. Sad things. Things in between. Things you're passionate about. You know, the #feels. People 'like' that. (Or at least, that's the plan!)
9. #You #turn #your #post #into #a #hashtag #buffet.
One day you will look back at the post you made about your car and wonder why you tagged it with #food and be completely disgusted of how much of a sellout to likes you were. You'll then end up laughing about it and writing a funny post that you, of course, will hashtag with #NoRegrets.
This story originally appeared on FHM.com.ph
Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors.