The likes and un­likes of

Dubbo Photo News - - News Extra - By LY­DIA PEDRANA

OPIN­IONS are still di­vided over In­sta­gram’s de­ci­sion to hide the num­ber of likes a photo or post re­ceives on the plat­form, with some users in full sup­port of the move and oth­ers beg­ging for the met­rics to be re­in­stated.

The hid­den likes trial is now in place in six coun­tries and, ac­cord­ing to In­sta­gram, it was in­tro­duced as means of car­ing for user’s men­tal health.

“We are re­think­ing the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of In­sta­gram to ad­dress is­sues around well­be­ing and to en­sure the In­sta­gram com­mu­nity has a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence on our plat­form,” the com­pany said in a state­ment.

While some are mourn­ing the loss of pub­lic ap­proval met­rics, men­tal health ex­perts gen­uinely feel it’s a pos­i­tive step for the well­be­ing of young minds.

Re­spected ado­les­cent psy­chol­o­gist Michael Carr-gregg said any step taken to pro­tect men­tal health must be em­braced.

“Ev­ery young per­son is look­ing for units of recog­ni­tion, ev­ery young per­son is try­ing to fig­ure out who they are and get pos­i­tive at­ten­tion, and clearly so­cial me­dia isn’t ideal, so they (In­sta­gram) are hop­ing they can get peo­ple to fo­cus less on the Likes and more on telling their story – and from a psy­cho­log­i­cal point of view, that is sen­sa­tional,” he told

In­sta­gram says its de­ci­sion to hide the num­ber of likes a photo re­ceives has been done as a means of car­ing for its users’ men­tal health, but ex­perts are scep­ti­cal.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.