Instagram can have devastating effects on mental health and self-confidence in teenagers. There’s even a study showing how it affects their view of themselves and their lives. But it seems that even famous pop stars aren’t immune to the negative influence of social media. In a recent interview with The Sun, Madonna strongly criticized Instagram, claiming that it was “made to make you feel bad.”
In a database recently discovered online, there was a vast number of private data of various Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brands. There were nearly 50 million people affected, and the database contained even their private data, including phone numbers and email addresses.
When you take a selfie, when is it ready to be posted on social media? How much editing does it need before you share it with your followers? British photographer John Rankin Waddell, aka Rankin, explored this in his project Selfie Harm, and he ended up with alarming results.
Rankin photographed fifteen teenagers with barely any makeup and gave the portraits a simple, natural aesthetic. Then he asked boys and girls to edit their own photos until they felt they were social-media ready. The resulting photos were scary and worrying, showing just how dangerous image altering can be for young people’s mental health and self-image.
From a platform intended to share moments with your friends, Instagram has become something completely different. Nowadays it’s a game and a competition, and many people go great lengths to become or at least appear popular on this social network. In this documentary from VPRO Extra, you get to see all the crazy things people do to seem popular, and it takes you behind the scenes of “the Wild West called Instagram.”
Instagram has become a breeding ground for a lot of negativity as it’s grown and evolved. It’s something that Instagram have been working hard to try and eradicate from the platform. They’ve been demoting “inappropriate content”, removing fake engagement, and doing what they can to reduce online bullying.
But online bullies are using the inappropriate content crackdown to report peoples images that aren’t inappropriate at all. So much so that it’s become something of a problem. Users are having their images taken down, with apparently zero oversight and no recourse. Now, TechCrunch reports that Instagram is changing that by allowing users to appeal takedowns against their account.
I love Instagram.
But I worry that it’s driving my fellow photographers crazy.
I’ve seen so many photographers do so many wacky things in search of Instafame that I’ve given the madness a name.
I call it… Instagram Derangement Syndrome.
Judging from a recently leaked design prototype, Instagram might soon hide the Like counts from people who view your posts. Although it looks like a small tweak in design, this change could have a huge impact on everyone on the platform: artists who show off their work, influencers, or casual Instagram users.