Instagram recently introduced measures to hide the number of likes on a post, introduced preliminarily in Canada, and correspondingly launched on Wednesday in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.
The move is apparently a bid to promote ‘digital well being’, instead of obsessing over like counts which apparently inflates feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem in young people — which translates as throwing a tantrum if no one likes your photo.
One only imagines the company believes it is cutting off oxygen to the sycophantic sector of social media centered solely on skin-deep solutions and lessening teenage social pressures that include looking good or simply being liked.
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Author: Alexander Light