You’d be lying if you said that the number of likes your Instagram post gets does not matter to you.
You feel a pang of hurt strike you when you get only 150 likes on an account having 700 followers. It happens, happens to me too.
If you are a child of the 21st century, you have an undying habit of comparing yourself to others on the basis of their Instagram popularity.
However, Instagram’s latest update has brought along with it the removal of the feature wherein other users can view the number of likes your post has got.
The Reason Behind Such A Change
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri stated in an interview, “We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people’s wellbeing and health.”
Instagram’s creative team realizes the effects of the pressure of social media on an individual.
Through their Twitter account, Instagram expressed – ”We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who’ve liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.”
With the ever-increasing number of teenagers falling prey to mental illnesses, the social media organization, in my opinion, has taken a step that is of utmost importance in these times.
Will This Step Have A Negative Impact On Profit Making Companies?
Instagram is aware of the influence it has on its users. It states through its Twitter account that the team are currently working on ways for companies to convey their ’values to their partners’.
In my opinion, likes don’t matter when it comes to the popularity of a company. The number of followers on an account is still visible and so are the comments.
This raises the doubt on whether this ’step towards mental health’ and quality content is going to be successful or not. The number of followers and comments on a post can also influence the content an individual puts forth.
This brings me to question whether Instagram has taken this step only to be heroic or do they genuinely want to offer a safe environment.
What’s The Future For Instagram?
As stated by Instagram through their Twitter account, this step is still in the testing phase as developers collect a response to this update.
According to me, Instagram would succeed in providing a platform promoting ’mental health’ when the number of followers would also be made private; for it is only then that people would focus on putting forth the content that they believe in and not what will get them likes or followers.
However, Instagram has made a bold move in this small step towards promoting mental health. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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