It happens fairly often: someone in the family buys a 'cool new thing', and posts pictures of it on social media like Whatsapp. Sometimes something interesting pops up that deserves a comment from me, but usually it is something I do not really care about.
Now I'm being asked by family to 'like' stuff more, since I'm normally more of a quiet person. Personally I don't see the purpose of being another +1 in a social circle for stuff I don't really care about. However, I don't want to break off communication with these people.
Now someone in my family is trying to get me to 'like' things more by saying it's "good for my social development". However, I don't see how 'liking' things helps me get actual social skills. I also feel like it's actually a detriment by liking stuff I don't actually like, as it makes me more irritated about the stuff that gets posted (since I actually have to respond to it), while simultaneously encouraging other people to post more of the stuff I don't care about (because they may think I actually like it due to my comments while in reality I don't).
I personally feel like there is no benefit to be gained from 'liking' stuff. In that case, what is the best way to get people asking me to 'like' more off my back and tell them politely that I'm not a kind of person that likes to 'like' a lot.
So far I have said that I am simply am just more of a quiet type, but that doesn't quite cut it. I kind of want to tell them that I simply don't like having to dedicate my attention to monitoring feeds that are unlikely to contain stuff that's really interesting to me. By the time I do take some time to catch up, 3 people have already responded. However, I can't think of a way of saying that without it offending people.