Every Wednesday Mel & Jeziel catch up on the last week and share something they’ve learned in the last 7 days for Show and Tell. Whether it be a mind-blowing moment or a small ah-uhhh moment, they bring it to the family to share what they’ve learnt.
This week, Jeziel learnt that Instagram has announced that the app is going to start trialling private likes.
This means no one will be able to see how many likes you have received on a photo or how many views you’ve received on a video. Only you will only be able to view your own tallies.
Instagram wants it’s users to really focus on the content that is being shared rather than how “popular” that person or photo is.
Critics against social media say that these platforms influence people to feel like they need to act certain ways to get attention or that their self worth is wrapped up in their followers. Saying that this “like obsessed culture” is causing depression, anxiety, low self esteem and mental health issues.
Some users even admit to deleting their posts a few hours or days after posting if they feel like they don’t get enough likes!
The aim of this private likes is to “create a less pressurised environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves and focus less on like counts” says Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri. “We do hear people worry about how many like counts they get.”
Will we see a change in what people post if the likes are removed? Are people going to feel more confident to share? Will people feel less shamful if their post isn’t “popular?” The trial is currently not rolling out yet in Australia, but hopefully the results are positive!
What do you think? Privatise the likes or not?