In the last few weeks, I have read a lot of articles about Instagram taking away the number of likes on someone’s post. They have been testing this is in Canada and I have mixed feelings about this.
Some people who had the feature taken away on their phones said that they preferred it. They compared themselves less to the bigger accounts and have posted what they wanted to as opposed to what people would ‘like’. They found themselves using Instagram for what they want it to be not what others want you to be.
This course of action was inspired by the app’s success with their Instagram stories in which, like Snapchat, only stay up for only 24 hours and don’t outwardly show who’s seen the post.
I completely understand where people are coming from and why they have chosen to test this out. Mental Health is a huge topic in our society and one that we need to take seriously. Because of social media, a lot more people are vulnerable to bullying and thinking they’re not good enough purely based on their looks, and the sad truth about that is we all know it’s going on but we’re aren’t doing anything to stop it. I am guilty of getting upset of an Instagram post doesn’t get as many likes as I thought it would, or comparing the number of followers I have to someone else, and I think it’s fair to say we are all guilty of this in one way or another, even if it is just a little.
Although it is a step in the right direction, I don’t feel like it’s something people will get on board with, and even if the number of likes was removed, people would find something else to get upset/affected by. The way we need to fix this issue is by being shown and taught how to love ourselves on these platforms. Positive body image, self-care this is what needs to be regarded as important.
What do you guys think about Instagram taking away this feature?