Facebook and Instagram users can now hide the number of likes in a post via a new settings option, which slowly rolls out to everyone.
It comes after a few years of intensive testing of both apps, where many mental health advocates have pushed the company to hide how many likes a post earns because it can seriously affect a person’s mental health, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. .
With the feature slowly becoming available to everyone on both platforms, there is an easy way to show or not show likes.
How to hide your accounts as
According to a RSPH report In 2017, Instagram emerged as the most damaging to a person’s mental health and called for a series of recommendations, such as pop-ups to warn users about heavy app usage.
Since then we’ve seen features like ScreenTime on iOS and usage alerts on Facebook and Instagram, but mental health is still a big concern with social media. Many are allegedly trying to value themselves from the number of likes, shares and comments one gets from a post, and Facebook is well aware of this.
In Instagram, go to Settings> Posts> Hide Count so that posts never show the number of interactions from a post you’ve posted or haven’t yet posted.
In Facebook, you can soon choose to hide the amount when you are about to share a post, while still being able to set it on all your posts, it will be activated in the coming weeks.
Starting today, you will have more options when it comes to liking accounts on Instagram. You can now hide the number of likes people see on your posts 👀 pic.twitter.com/lkeXdy8zSAMay 26, 2021
Analysis: it’s time
If there’s anything to be learned from social media, it’s that it can be a double-edged sword mentally. Especially over the past year, we’ve been looking for our favorite social media corner to reach out to close friends and family just to strike up a conversation, no matter if the topic is trivial or trivial.
However, with many people isolating themselves, it has become one of the few lines of communication, and likes have almost become a currency of happiness.
For example, you might post a photo that relates to something you consider extremely important, but others may view it as unimportant, something irrelevant, and so the few appreciations the post gets may have an impact. impact on someone’s confidence and self-esteem.
It can merge into something where it strongly affects sanity, and soon after, there are even more messages being shared, just to hit an unrealistic target.
However, with options like these that Facebook is finally rolling out and additional restrictions lifted, social media is even more likely to be a healthy outlet, rather than toxic to mental health.