Instagram is testing out a new feature on its app - to hide the number of likes on posts and only to make it visible to the account user that has shared the picture, at least, not instantly. The followers could click to see the list of people who liked it but a count won’t be shown. Wait ... Did you hear any sound of mirrors breaking?! Yes, this is true and instagram’s all ready test running this right now in six countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand and this could be a huge deal for your mental health.
Instagram, a picture and video sharing app that was launched in 2010 quickly became on of the most famous and used app in the world. With the popularity of the app growing, also grew the popularity of all the accounts on it - how many likes, how many views, how many followers, almost blinding everyone of the existence of real life, took over. While many of these personalities are spreading positive messages or good information however there are many other accounts that share photoshopped pictures, unrealistic lifestyles and celebrity like personas.
It was reported that instagram is the worst app for mental health in 2019, beating facebook, twitter and snapchat. It has also been reported to make its users feel anxious, depressed, lonely, insomniac,have body image issues, bullied and FOMO. All in all, we can tell you a million reasons why instagrams harmful but its like smoking a cigarette. Exactly like smoking a cigarette, instagram’s extremely addictive and like people who smoke one or two cigarettes a day don't feel like they make addicts, people who use instagram - won’t feel like they are getting harmed by it.
So how will hiding the likes help? It was recently reported that, people usually delete the pictures that get less likes in and also get influenced by the number of likes on theirs, as well as on other peoples posts. The number of likes has led an entire section of the society believe that until they haven't secured a certain number of likes on a post, what was being depicted in the picture isn’t actually fun or good. This all can be stopped now. The results of this, could be that people will start moving away from the app or at least feel less pressured by it, stop spending too much time or energy on posting close to perfect pictures and instagram can switch back to being a picture or video sharing app that was supposed to help us feel nice!