We live in the times, when social life and life in general is measured in likes, comments and reposts. The post or picture that has 1000 likes is perceived as good, whereas the one which only has 2 or 3 is considered bad, even if the situation is totally opposite.
The extent that people are willing to go to just to receive likes is getting ridiculous. Girls take pics of their naked body, people follow stupid trends and challenges, invent strange hashtags – all possible weapons are used in the battle for likes.
Moreover, sometimes people on social media like posts, pictures and video that they don’t actually like, support or stand for. They do so only because these posts have already received a ton of likes, and peer pressure kicks in.
It seems like a major social network Instagram, meant for sharing pictures and videos got a sense of this nonsense and decided to test out a feature which might eliminate the “likes fever” in the future.
The app is running a trial version, where the amount of likes under posts is hidden. Only the authors themselves will know how many people double-tapped on their posts.
“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who share a post will see the total number of likes it gets,” is said in the app.
As we can see in the picture, the design is quite similar to the current design of Instagram, the only difference is that you cannot see the exact number of likes. The list of those who liked the post is still available, so in case of an extreme need, likes can be counted manually, although it will not be possible with the posts of celebrities and Instagram stars.
If adopted, such a feature can get rid of the existing tense competition on Instagram and a sense of insecurity for many talented people who cannot get the deserved credit, because their content seems invisible on the background of a picture of a cupcake posted by a celebrity.
Of course, Instagram users with a larger subscriber base are not quite enthusiastic about the upgrade. The app has to consider the opinions of all groups of users, so it is still unclear whether the like count is going to stay or not.
We would like to remind you that while the number of likes still could be seen on Instagram, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan set a Guinness record there.
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