I'll log onto Facebook, scroll down the page, and come across a picture my friend Phoebe posted of her and her boyfriend beaming in front of a sunset on a Puerto Rico beach. "Aww," I'll think, and instinctively "like" the picture.
An hour later, while waiting in line at a deli, I'll scroll
through my Instagram feed and see the same picture there, too. I'll
hesitate for a moment. Do I "like" it here, too?? (I think I'm just gonna drop these cumbersome
quotes around "like" from now on! Reckless as ever!) On the one hand,
I'll consider, it seems a little excessive to like the same shot again. I
liked it already on Facebook; she'll know I've seen it and offered my
virtual thumbs up (because Phoebe is clearly spending all of her time
worrying about whether or not I'm liking her pictures). But then it will
strike me that I've spent a good 25 seconds deliberating whether or not
to like an Instagram picture and it seems so absurd to be "holding myself back" and life is short
why not just like things that you like as many times as you like. So I'll double-tap the picture and keep scrolling.
A few minutes later, I'll see she's posted a link to the very same
picture on her Twitter and, even though I have now dwelled on it on two
different social networks, I'll click the link anyway to see it a third
time, as if I don't have a choice in the matter.