Pretty soon, we may not see the like counts on this platform, and I’m here for it. 🙌🏼
I’ve spoken a lot recently about how this platform has a tendency to make it easier to feel like I hate myself sometimes, and I think the constant focus on my engagement (likes + comments + saves) has a lot to do with it.
Sure, there’s a lot of inspirational stuff on here too, not trying to deny that, but I’ve also noticed content and people beginning to look alarmingly the same... and recent studies all say that our societal obsession with Instagram “likes” has a lot to do with that.
I remember a day not so long ago, when micro-bladed eyebrows, lip injections, lash extensions, nose jobs, and the other tweaks, that have now been dubbed the “influencer makeover”, were something that I only saw periodically... but now they seem to be everywhere I look.
I’m by no means immune to the pressure. I’ve debated sharing this for a long time, and always felt afraid, but fuck it, be the change you want to see, right? I even got a nose job about 2 years ago to be more photogenic, not even because I hated my nose (it was actually fine).
Speaking from my own experience, yes, I did think having a nose job would get me more likes on my photos, and I told my own parents that I did it “as a career move”.
This is nothing new, famous celebrities have made that same “career move” many times, but I suppose the pressure for the average person to make such tweaks nowadays, feels heavier than I’ve ever experienced it before.
I wonder often what the world would be like if we weren’t all boiling in this pressure cooker of competing for the most attention and likes.
Might we start to love our bodies and facial features more easily, and for their uniqueness, rather than their similarity to whichever features are on trend right now?
Might our content start looking unique again? So that we post what we want to post, rather than trying to religiously post whatever will perform the highest and garner the highest engagement? That’s a world I’d love to live in.
Tell me: what do you think about the prospect of hiding the like count? Are you for it? Or against it? 💗
📸: @shanarehwald for @aloyoga