Having a large following for its own sake, rather than as a consequence of some significant achievement or contribution to the wider world is compensatory in nature.
It seeks to compensate for a lack of substance or meaning and instead to game social networks to create the ‘illusion’ of fame.
Influencers are often young people with little or no experience, training, or expertise in the subjects upon which they comment.
Having millions of followers is not a substitute for years of real-life experience, nor a guarantee of emotional maturity, spiritual insight, or high intelligence.
In today’s world, a large following doesn’t necessarily mean anything, except that you spend a lot of time online!