I really want to get this off my chest and ask for advice. Social media has really stressed out lately, more than probably ever at this point. I've become so addicted to getting those likes as validation on my photos that when I don't get any or not very much, I automatically feel that the photo has no value, it must suck and so I usually end up deleting it and sometimes permanently off my hard drive. I know I shouldn't care about those likes and just take pictures for myself and not care what others think. That's how I felt when I first got into photography but social media has poisoned this for me. It's all I think about now everytime I go out and shoot, "will people like this photo?" and when they don't....man I feel bummed out. Almost like giving up. I've deleted Instagram because of this problem and I felt better for a while. I never cared how much of attention I got on Flickr before Instagram and now it ruined Flickr for me as well. I almost feel like giving that up as well. It's not Instagram's fault or Flickr's fault. It's my own damn fault. Giving up on these isn't going to solve the problem. I'm really lost on what I should do so I'm asking for advice. I want to stop caring about getting likes and stop caring whether or not someone will like this photo and just take pictures for me. What would be a good step in the right direction? I'm sure there are others here that have had similar feelings and hopefully understand how I feel and if you did, how did you overcome it? I often get asked the question "What does photography mean to me?" To be honest, I don't have an answer anymore. I've seem to have forgotten. Thanks for listening and any advice will be appreciated.