In my case I really see no big benefit of following others. It is instinct just to follow someone if they are following me, to show politeness, respect and appreciation there for them wanting to follow me. Or if I find someone who I feel gives lots of efforts or shows kindness I will initiate following them to show I noticed them. Otherwise, I do not get much benefit from that follower/following feature as I do not focus too much on it.
Also, as I do not like cliques or appearances that I am a part of one, I can see drawbacks of following others for this reason. So I can hesitate to initiate following others for this reason. Thus, I can value members just as much if I do not follow them, and as I do not assume those others that follow me really like me, or do not follow me dislike me, as I realize others can have their own unique reasons for not following or following persons.
So, to sum things up, I think I rather change up my use of the following feature there, and not use that feature anymore on my end. I just know I never really get or feel much benefit out of following or being followed. I assumed others mostly do, but now that I think about it, others may see it as more neutral or added stress. So, to be safe, for all the reasons given, I think I'll change my list to following zero on my end. Everyone should determine what's best for them what to do there..