Likes have been an integral part of social media for years. Liking someone’s Instagram picture or Facebook post may just have become a thing of the past, however. Instagram has officially rolled out its latest feature: hiding likes.
What Hiding Likes Does
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but hiding likes hide likes. Not only will you not see the number of people who like other people’s posts, but you can also hide the likes on your posts. You can use this new feature on both new and old posts.
Why Are People Using This Feature
Liking is the quintessential ritual of social media, so why are we phasing them out? Social media pressure is real and it’s damaging. So many people are obsessed with the number of likes they get. They compare the likes they get on their posts to the likes other people get. Needless to say, this type of hyper fixation on likes can be really damaging.
Young girls and boys are feeling an immense amount of pressure to be perceived a certain way, to be likable. Literally. This is damaging to their self-confidence and self-esteem. They are left feeling adequate. Comparing themselves to others is
Instagram has already taken steps to address this issue in the past. The majority of users do not see the exact number of likes on other people’s posts anymore. This feature, in combination with the new feature, will hopefully eliminate the stress of social media.
Instagram is attempting to make their platform more about sharing and less about comparing.
How to Hide Likes
This feature is simple to use. There are three different versions of this feature: removing likes from existing posts, hiding likes on other people’s posts, and hiding the count on new posts.
To remove the likes on existing posts, simply tap on the three dots in the right-hand corner and select “hide the count.” With just two quick clicks, you’re done!
To hide likes on other people’s posts you’ll need to go into your settings. Once you’re in your settings there is an option to “hide like and view counts.” Turn the switch to the right to turn on the feature and you’re set to go.
Finally, to use this feature on your new posts you’ll need to wait until the final editing stage. Once you’ve reached that screen, tap on advanced settings and switch on the button that says “hide like and view counts on this post.”
So will you be using this new feature or are you keeping your likes?