Last week in Australia, Instagram removed the ability to see the number of likes a post has received. You can see the likes on your own post, but that is all. They’ve done it as a trial, although I imagine it will be rolled-out around the world in time.
The reason they have done it is to try and help the mental health problems that have come about form the social media age and particularly their platform which has been associated as the worst platform for mental health.
I’m sure there must be business reasons for it as well, but if it can stop people developing crazy ideas of what our bodies should look like, twisting body image in people who really are fine, then I think it is a brilliant move.
Just before Instagram made the changes in Australia, singer Amy Sheppard, from the Aussie indie music group Sheppard, posted an Instagram picture of herself in a bikini with “my cellulite on full display” and the hashtag #kissmyfatass. It received almost 40,000 likes and a bucket load of comments thanking her for being real. In response to that Amy wrote a song titled “Kiss My Fat Ass” and the film clip (below) features a number of Aussie celebs in their underwear.
This isn’t my favourite Sheppard song (and I usually love their music) but I do love what the song is about and represents.
No-one is ever happy in their skin, but I think we need to do more to change the way we look at ourselves. #loveyourself