It's started to happen.
I've developed a "liking" problem on Instagram.
The problem is, I don't like them.
That's not true, the real problem is that I like them too much.
My symptoms: I find myself opening Instagram a few minutes after posting a picture and seeing the little number that shows up at the bottom of my screen. Then a few minutes later I open it again. Basically every time I have a "down" moment, my hands reach of my phone (there's nothing new) and they open Instagram. Then the first place my eyes go is that little heart at the bottom of my screen. Then my brain chemicals either boost or drop depending on whether there's a little dot there, indicating that I have received likes.
But that's not all.
I used to open Instagram all the time because I enjoyed scrolling the feed. I would swing through and look at all my friends' pictures and see what was going on in their lives.
Now, I still do that, but my eyes have begun to gravitate just below the picture. I have certain friends that seem to get 50-100 likes every single time they post a photo, no matter what it is. Weird voices in the back of my head ask evil questions: why do their pictures get so many more likes? What is so special about them? Are they more popular than me? Do people like them better in real life?
THIS IS A PROBLEM!
In the space of a couple of months I have gone from deeply enjoying catching up on my friends' lives on Instagram to feeling bizarre levels of jealousy and loathing for the number beside a little heart under their picture.
I DON'T LIKE THAT THIS IS HAPPENING.
THIS HAS TO STOP.
WHAT DO I DO?
Self-control is obviously not my first choice. My first choice was to seek out an app that will have self-control for me. One that lets me view my Instagram account without seeing the likes.
And guess what? I FOUND ONE! It exists! It's called LikeBlockr, and it exists for exactly the reason I desire: to let you enjoy Instagram without seeing the likes.
But it's only available for iPhone and I JUST switched to Android. Blergh.
So now, I have a plea: SOMEONE PLEASE INVENT A LIKE BLOCKER FOR INSTAGRAM ON ANDROID!!!!!
In the meantime, I guess I'll try out this whole "self control" concept.
PS: In my hunt for a like blocking app, I discovered that a LOT of people on the internet are very concerned with hiding the photos they have liked from the "Following" tab on Instagram. I had no idea people even looked at that tab.
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