‘instagram pods made my social media experience very negative’
‘I first joined a pod through a post on Facebook, from someone who was looking to set up a liking/commenting group to boost engagement,’ says Beth*, 25. ‘I’d not long started my account and the group was pretty open – anyone could ask to join and it had a real mixed selection of Instagram pages from fashion to travel and online retailers.
‘I thought it would be really useful, but I quickly became pressured to like and comment on each post that was sent to the group. Users would send multiple messages each day and it was difficult to keep track. The main issue I had with the pod was the pressure to like posts that I wouldn’t normally engage with – it quickly made Instagram an incredibly negative space for me. At one point, the founder of the group became really demanding, writing unkind and totally unnecessary messages if other members had missed liking or hadn’t commented on a post.
‘The time I spent engaging with the pod could have been spent discovering new and inspiring Instagram pages that make me feel good. I left the pod after a few weeks and I’ve found Instagram a much more welcoming and positive space because of it.’