I grew up before the Internet.
At a time when I just did things and didn’t have to show (or prove to) people I did them.
It doesn’t seem like we’re good enough to just do a job well—without having to tell the world about it and can earn (or even buy) the “likes” to prove it. So we sometimes do the craziest things to try and get people to like us online: bungee jump out of helicopters, pose naked photos of ourselves on Instagram that’s against who we really are, take a selfie with someone who is a lot more famous than we are to hopefully drive a lot more traffic to our bland or boring profile and...
Just for a “like?”
Just to get someone to visit our profile page over others?
And that’s why I deleted the Facebook and LinkedIn app on my phone a few weeks ago, as well as other apps that don’t really do much for me—other than completely distract me from what I find most important.
Because too many of us are losing ourselves over “likes. And at some point, we need to do things because we love doing it. Not because we love a “like.”
WHO AM I?
Hi, I’m Jared Kessler and I’m a photographer, creative director, and avid green-tea drinker who lives just outside of Seattle, WA with my wife Kelly and our two corgis, Bert and Bodhi.