Why Turning Off Instagram Likes Won't Change Your Experience

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Why Turning Off Instagram Likes Won't Change Your Experience

Instagram’s new update that allows users to hide their like count means well, but, ultimately, it doesn’t make a difference in your social media experience. 

I will say I was initially excited about Instagram opening the feature to all users last week, since I’m no stranger to comparison fatigue on social media. Social media has trained our brains to find validation in the number of likes we get on a post about our lives, so maybe taking away that artificial number might help ease the stress of it all. 

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However, hiding the like counts on two new posts didn’t provide me with the sense of ease on my self-esteem I was hoping it would, and instead just seemed like a gimmick. 

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