Changing values from string to numeric - Affect on answers in survey


I'm a total beginner in SPSS, first time user.

I'm having an issue with a survey I'm conducting, I've changed string > numeric using recode.

Answers were on the Likert scale and changed to 1-5.

However, I've noticed that when I go into analyzing process, the answers for the each individual has changed.

It's like it's not connecting the value for it to the numeric but the row of it, so if a individual picked the first answer it will assume it's the numeric value of 1 which is not the case.