Will Hiding “Likes” On Instagram Reduce Social Media Anxiety?
Everyone’s on Instagram for a reason. The app reportedly has one billion active users scrolling, liking, and commenting on a daily basis. It’s the only place you can share your thoughts, cute outfits and every day adventures, all captured onto a pretty feed.
However, as lovely as it is, Instagram can have a negative impact on your mental health. Not judging, but have you ever spent, like 20 minutes editing a selfie only to have less than one person like it in the first minute after it’s posted? Then you agonize over the number of likes that’s trickling in slowly.
Celebrities like Sophie Turner and Selena Gomez have pointed out that Instagram has significantly impacted their mental health, and not in a good way. Both celebrities have taken a step back from social media, but it’s honestly harder than it looks, especially if you’re addicted to the app.
Instagram has actually taken steps to calm our social media anxiety. The platform is considering a new feature that would hide the number of likes on your post. Code and security researcher Jane Manchun Wong has Tweeted a series of screenshots that illustrate how the new feature would appear.
Instagram is testing hiding like count from audiences,
as stated in the app: "We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get" pic.twitter.com/MN7woHowVN
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 18, 2019
“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get.” – Instagram.
The only person who can see the number of likes is the person who posted the photo, and not their followers. Whoa.
Social media anxiety can affect a person’s self-esteem and productivity. On social media, we begin to compare ourselves to the best persons of people, which they post online. We don’t see their struggles or insecurities so we assume that they’re doing something right.
Adults and teens alike may measure their self-worth based on the number of likes and followers that they have. The better their social media posts, the more followers we’ll have. Perhaps hiding the number of likes from the original Instagrammer too, will also reduce social media anxiety.
Much like the ‘Close Friends’ feature, hiding the number of likes adds value for a more personal experience on social media. When likes don’t matter as much any more, maybe we’ll see more personal posts that are not tailored for clout.
Unless of course, you really love your social media feed. Soon, we won’t be able to experience the ‘high’ of being liked a hundred times, and in the end, maybe it’s for the better.