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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.