For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Instagram is toying around with hiding “like” counts on photos to reduce vanity.
Personally, I think this is great. In today’s age, everyone is obsessed with how many “likes” or followers they have on a photo or their profile. People think if they don’t have thousands of followers than they truly don’t matter in the world. This will put the focus back on the content being posted, people won’t feel obligated to like photos solely because it has thousands of likes.
Professionally, I don’t think it will be able to last. Social media has already done its extensive damage on humanity. Most people act as if things never happened unless you post it on social media and have it be validated by the world. Some people go as far as to judge themselves & adventures solely based on the response of others. In addition, people will delete photos or videos if they don’t get an adequate response because they look at it as a failure and an embarrassment.
Here is what it would look like in real time:
You personally will be able to see the likes on the photo but the first photo shows how it will look to anyone seeing your post.
If you remember back to the Vine days, you would hear people say ” Do it for the vine” and it would usually have something dumb or crazy follow mainly because they knew it would get an insane amount of views. Popularity used to be scaled by how many friends you had at school and now it is more about how many followers & likes you get on your social media accounts.
I think this is a great step to toning down social media impact on society and I am curious to see if it catches on or fizzles out.