Instagram is going to hide the number of likes, what!!!! yeah the tests have started out and I think they are serious about it. so what’s happening?
OKAY, SO WHAT’S HAPPENING?
Everything is about likes these days & on Instagram, it has become like some sort of a competition to get more likes and followers. But you know what, Instagram is just gonna hit you in the face supper bad, so be ready for it.
So I don’t know you have already read it or not Instagram is testing a new feature, not actually a feature but a UI change. There are some internal testings going on and tested on some users in Canada.
So basically what Instagram is doing is they are just gonna stop showing you the number of likes a post gets, you’ll see who likes it, but not how many people. I am so not joking about this, I am dammn serious about this. Seriously they are just gonna stop showing no. Of likes.
Wow, that’s a big change and I really wanna see how they’re gonna pull it off.
But first, let’s see how this UI change is gonna look & why they are thinking of doing this.
WHAT ARE THE UI CHANGES HAPPENING?
Not a lot is changing, but ya its kinda big change though. Traditionally we are used to seeing that we got like a 100 likes or a 1000 likes. But now that’s changing & it would probably be like this.
You’ll get who likes your images but not the count of how many did.
BUT WHY ARE THEY DOING IT?
Why? They are doing it in the name of mental health issues.. Uhh,.. and I mean they are right about it. Instagram, since it’s inception, was primarily about showcasing your creativity, your art and talking about life and sharing your thoughts. It was clean & pure. Just paradise. But it has become a really ugly place where it’s all about likes & followers. People have started judging people based on the number of likes a post has.
THE CURRENT INSTAGRAM GENERATION
Instagram has become everything about the likes & followers, creativity is being left behind. But also at the same time to have more likes people are pushing their creativity, some are crossing the moral lines in photography in the name of the art to get more likes.
1) JUDGING BASED ON LIKES
People judge other people based on the likes they get, there is an assumption among users that if a post gets more likes it’s a good post. But that’s not the case, there are really small creators who are creating really good content but are not getting the exposure, so is there content bad? Actually, it might be better than the person getting more likes.
2) SOCIAL ANXIETY
This is a big thing and actually the most important thing. People, the current Instagram generation is going through it. So what’s social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is the fear of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, self-consciousness, embarrassment, humiliation, and depression.
People are worrying and overthinking on such useless things like the no. of likes there posts receive.This lead to things like people deleting their posts just because they received fewer likes than usual. Like say you usually get 800-1000 likes and for some weird reason you get 300-400 likes on the post you posted and you feel so sad and delete that post and then post again just to see if it gets those 1000 likes.
I TOOK THIS POLL ON MY STORY ON MY INSTAGRAM
Just posted these few polls on my Instagram to see what my followers have to say. See it for yourself.
I ACTUALLY WANNA SEE THIS UPDATE HAPPEN.
I have been on Instagram for 3 years now in the whole period that is before the infamous algorithm I used to get 2000+ likes on almost all of my posts. From there I have come down to 800 and nowadays 400. So the quality of content went down? Actually no, I am Creating better content than I used too. I am not saying I am the best, I am just comparing my the old me with new me as a photographer. And we should start thinking more about the content now than the likes. And I am kinda curious & wanna see how the community reacts to this update if it comes to the masses.
CONCLUSION OR SAY FALLOUT?
Uhh, can’t say time will tell. We just have to wait and watch how the update plays out & how the people react, and how it impacts as a whole to the app. But you know we netizens or say Instagramers we all know we’ll find a way out of it one way or the another. At the end of the day, there will be a website to check how many likes you get.
Update: As of July of 2019 the tests have been started in 6 more countries and my more detailed analysis of the move and what i think now is up on my new blog posts.