Instagram might hide likes as mental health becomes a priority

Social Media has been undeniably toxic to mental health, according to several research studies. Facebook and other companies are taking notice, with Instagram’s Adam Mosseri explaining the firm’s new approach which takes on concerns of mental wellbeing. While the app already lets you see just how much time you’ve spent on it, it’s also moving towards other actions like hiding likes.

“One of the ideas we’re currently experimenting with is like counts private, for instance, because we don’t want Instagram to be such a competition,” Mosseri said. “We want it to be a place where people spend more of their energy connecting with the people that they love and the things that they care about.”

Instagram’s Private Likes were already spotted earlier, while users would personally see how many likes they received — they would be unable to see how mab likes others received. Of course, while this doesn’t stop you from going out to manually compare likes with your friends — you probably shouldn’t.

The firm will also add notifications, alerting users if they’re about to post something mean or nasty. It may not work on everyone, but a note advising users to take a second think might just be enough.