A fake number does nothing for a business or popularity. It's just a number on a page. Look at the percentage of "likes" compared to real interaction. Pretty low, right? That's because these "likes" aren't your friends, aren't your fans, and aren't your clients.
I would much rather have smaller numbers and more interaction than a large number of empty, unengaged "likes."
Not to mention, buying likes shows a lack of integrity. If you are working hard toward your craft, you will earn the likes you get organically. There is no reason to purchase likes unless you are hung up on appearances. Appearances won't get you noticed, won't get you clients, and won't bring you fame. I would much rather have a small number of likes and be able to interact and respond to them.
What to admire? Hard work and talent. Who works hard and has talent? The list not in order of importance, but pulled together to make a point.
- Every single person not on social media and going to a job every day.
- Every teacher who inspires a child.
- Every nurse and doctor who work on holidays to care for the sick.
- Every fireman and police officer who also works holidays to ensure our safety.
- Every service person who protects our country.
- Every small business owner trying to keep their passion and business alive while big corporations eat up their sales.
- Every volunteer who spends time helping those in need, be it the sick, the homeless, the hungry, humans, or animals.
- Every parent raising their child in an uncertain world.
Use social media for what it is: a tool. Don't put a lot of relevance to numbers on social media, though. Step away from the phones and the computers and thank someone real, someone who is in your life and has inspired you in some way.