The days of social media likes are numbered. Will we survive ...

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The days of social media likes are numbered. Will we survive without them?

For most of the past 10 years, the vision of social media without metrics would’ve seemed bizarre

Laurence Dodds

Imagine social media without any numbers. No likes, no retweets, no comment and follower counts.

You wouldn’t be able to tell how popular you were on Instagram, how many people were happy about your wedding on Facebook, or how many people were furious at you and wanted you to die on Twitter.

Would you feel confused and adrift, cut off from any sense of your own place in the social hierarchy? Or would you feel finally at peace, able to live in the moment and engage with each human being face to face, without preconceptions?..

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