Be Careful About What You’re Liking and Who You’re Following

By: Alexis Scaffidi

Do you remember all of the images you’ve ever liked since starting your social media accounts? Do you know every single person or company you’ve ever followed on Instagram?


If you said “yes” to both of these questions, then I’m impressed. But for most of us, we can barely remember all of the images we liked in the past hour, yet alone years. As small as it may seem, it’s important to start making who you “follow” and what you “like” a priority. In fact, if you don’t, it could come back to haunt you in the future.


Take for example, the new winner of the Bachelorette, Garrett Yrigoyen, and his current Instagram debacle. A former Bachelor contestant, Ashley Spivey, Tweeted several screen shots claiming Yrigoyen “liked” bigoted posts on Instagram, including one that accused a school shooting survivor of being a crisis actor. In another accusation, Yrigoyen reportedly double-tapped an image mocking young boys for wearing makeup, as well as an insensitive comment made about liberal women. These comments received viral attention causing Yrigoyen to apologize for, and attempt to explain, his actions. 


While it’s nearly impossible to review all of your comments and likes since getting started on social media, you can change what you do from here on out. For starters, take a few seconds to unfollow any accounts that could be considered inappropriate. Always be conscious of who you follow and what images you double tap. It’s like people always say, “If you have to think twice about doing something, then simply don’t do it.” When it comes to your future, you never know how serious the effect of a like or follow might be!


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