Instagram is now hiding likes on posts. Don’t panic. It’s gonna affect US accounts now. Don’t panic. Only a selected group of Instagram users from the US will go through this test. Still, don’t panic, and let me tell you why is Instagram hiding likes a good thing.
In recent months we’ve witnessed several updates and changes, not necessary for the better. I’ve talked about them in my What’s up with 2019 Instagram drop? article.
Now Instagram is coming up with another news, that’s really new only for US Instagramers cuz other countries have been familiar with it for a while now. Countries like Canada, Ireland, Italy, or Japan had had likes hidden before and there was no fuzz about it. Now the test is approaching a wider audience of America and users are naturally worried.
What is going on?
Instagram and Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri decided to test Instagram’s new feature of hiding the likes on a post. Basically, you won’t be able to see the number of likes someone’s post has.
You can still like the post, but you won’t be able to see who else likes it as well.
As a post owner, you’re the only one who gets to see the number of likes the post has.
How it’s gonna happen?
There’s gonna be a notification informing you that you were selected for a likes hide test. Nothing you can do about it though. You’re in whether you like it or not.
Your Instagram feed might look slightly different. Most importantly, now you’re the only one who sees likes on your photos. Other users can’t.
Who’s gonna be tested?
No one knows. Instagram didn’t comment on how they select the users or how many users will be involved. Apparently, they’re gonna start off with the smaller groups and slowly extend the hidden likes reach to most of the users.
You’ll just have to wait and see if you’re part of the test group.
Why it’s happening?
Because Instagram culture is out of control.
We seek and depend on approval from strangers. We do it for the likes and that shit is messed up.
Your value is measured by the likes you get on your Instagram post. Whether your photo is good or bad depends on how many likes it gets and that indicator is no longer accurate. You can buy likes, spam, or ask someone to like your photo and artificially increasing posts popularity. If your post has a lot of likes you can pat yourself on a back. You made it. Your post is good enough because it has more likes than someones else’s.
It’s all about comparison and competition and that doesn’t sound healthy at all.
The constant need to be liked is incredibly harmful. The day you’re gonna get fewer likes than the day before, or than someone else is the day you’re gonna crumble. It’s so freaking bad for your mental health and there is no way you can deny that.
You research the surroundings. Wait for the perfect lighting. Dress up for the occasion. Take millions of photos and delete most of them. Spends hours editing. You research the best time to post your photo. Select the hashtags. Post and promote. Anxiously waiting for the result and much more stuff goes on behind posting one simple photo.
I’m speaking from the experiences and that’s a lot of time and energy for the push of a like button.
I’ve literally deleted a post I was passionate about sharing on my Instagram because it didn’t have enough likes. I was too ashamed to keep it on my feed for everyone to see. Suddenly it was not good enough.
You might think I’m overreacting and that’s honestly good for you.
I might be repeating myself but here we go again. If you’re a personal account, sharing your life with a group of friends and family you might not even notice these changes. Nothing is changed for you. You still know if your boyfriend/girlfriend likes your photos.
But if you’re a business or a creator account with thousands of followers you think twice about what you’re gonna share with the masses. Sure, they are strangers but it’s still a responsibility. Not to mention your livelihood depends on it.
Likes used to mean popularity.
Now, finally, your account is gonna be in your hands only.
It’s about what you share and not how your audience responses to what you share.
There is too much pressure put on young people aiming for Instagram worth it life. Stage it for the photo. Do it for likes. Wait in line to take that famous Instagram shot every influencer has to have.
Besides, comparisons kill art.
Do you like the photo because you truly like it, or because it already has plenty of likes so you feel obligated to like it too?
I’m so glad Instagram is aware of its negative impact on people’s mental health and the sense of self-worth it’s unintentionally causing. I’m so pleased that they are trying to fix it even if it means Instagram’s potential decay.
When you won’t be able to see how many likes the post got, you won’t be able to compare.
You’re just as good as any other user on Instagram.
If you feel cheated, upset, or underrated to be put on the same level as every other Instagram user I’m truly jealous. Jealous because you were lucky enough to not feel the social media pressure.
Every big social media account I talked to is thrilled about these changes and we all hope the test is gonna be successful and it’s gonna stay.
No one likes the change.
If there is one thing I learned in my short life then it’s this: If people are willingly accepting changes then the previous stuff must have really sucked.
We all feel the current Instagram state is faulty. Instagram itself feels that. They are willing to undergo massive changes that will probably cause the loss of thousands of users in order to make the internet a safer place.
We’re going back to the roots. To the simpler times. Times when Instagram was fun and not hard work. Times when you didn’t have to overthink every post you’re sharing. Back to the times when we shared the posts just because we felt like it.
It’s all about the content.
So what if your post gets a few likes? Literally, no one cares because no one knows!
The creators will finally be able to share what they are truly passionate about and not what’s gonna get the most likes. You won’t be limited anymore.
It won’t be about the numbers anymore.
It’s about the content. The connection. The people and healthy relationships without unnecessary competitiveness.
You do you for you.
Positive reinforcements are great. It’s only natural to seek approval. Unfortunately, we overdo it. We’re addicted to it.
Next time you share something on social media ask yourself who are you really doing it for?
Is it to impress strangers on the internet? Or you want to share your piece of mind with the world?
You gotta put yourself first no matter what. Your self-worth it’s not gonna be measured in likes anymore.
You got to like yourself, honey.
Instagram hiding likes is good for your mental health and that’s the most important.
The Internet is changing for the better.
Some argue that the hiding of likes gonna take away people’s right to express themselves and increase voicing opinions in the comment section and we all know a comment section can be a dark place to be.
Again, you will still be able to show appreciation to the creators, but no one is gonna know about it, but you two. Approval is gonna become a private thing.
As I’m not a US resident so I’m not gonna be part of the change any time soon. Shame though. I can’t wait to have that social media pressure taken off my shoulder.
There is no strict date when the changes gonna come for you. I believe it’s gonna be slow and steady over the span of a few months.
Let’s see what the future of Instagram holds.
I for one am so thankful that the likes are gone. It’s been a blast but we got to move on from toxic relationships and our dependence on likes was very unhealthy.
Let’s all heal and just relax.
I’m looking forward to posting for posting sake.