I untangle my legs and pull myself away from Adeline; she’s flipping through a book, sitting on the floor of her room, distracted. I scurry into the kitchen and find my phone. My fingers instinctively find the Instagram app and open it. I hit refresh and wait for the page to load. Damn. No new likes on my most recent picture. I start to wonder if maybe its no good. I scroll through the feed and “Like” some other pictures, partly because I do, in fact, like them, but partly just for good karma. Okay people, like my pictures now!
Next I check Facebook, hoping someone will have “Liked” my latest update or post. And then there’s Twitter, did anyone reply or retweet me? And, of course, there’s the blog. I refresh my email over and over, hoping for a comment notification or at least a “Like.”
And that’s when it hits me: I’m gonna have to face it, I’m addicted to Likes.