Thanks to @emacsomancer for forwarding to me this article about "demetrification" of social media https://www.wired.com/story/internet-healthier-without-like-counts/ (not showing like counts, follower counts, etc) and how dramatically user behavior is changed when we do expose these things.
On BoingBoing: https://boingboing.net/2019/09/12/flickrs-glory-days.html
It is funny in a meta way that we need to see evidence that showing likes and follows is bad delivered from an authoritative source. It speaks to why people get addicted to likes and follows in the first place, it is a label of value placed on by an authority.
All you have to do is stop and listen to the way we all talk about likes and follow counts to know they are bad.
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