Why is Instagram so popular?


May Hefetz, Writer

Instagram is one of the most popular apps that many teens and adults use throughout various countries and states around the world. Instagram has a consumer rating of 3.5 stars from 304 reviews indicating that most customers are generally satisfied with their purchases. Instagram is an American photo and video sharing social networking service founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

In April 2012, Facebook acquired the service for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock. Consumers satisfied with Instagram most frequently mention the best app. Instagram ranks 15th among Mobile Applications sites. This product allows users to connect with people around the world with videos, photos, and live reels which is short video. As Well as going live with other users on the platform. The app recently included people to share videos when they are on a call and also hide counts of things they share on the plate form. This app is targeted towards teens ages 12-25 and can be parched on the app store.

Instagram can be good because it allows users to connect with others and share information they enjoy but Instagram is also a plate form that many people feel like its fake because of photos being edited and many people may feel insecure about themselves and have low self-esteem. On the plate form, many people may show a very good lifestyle but may not really have that perfect in real life. So always know to never compare yourself to others because that person may have had to take millions of photos in order for it to be posted but this does not mean that every person is like this. Sometimes you just need to know when it’s real vs fake. This can lead many of the users to send teens spiraling toward eating disorders, an unhealthy sense of their own bodies, and depression. Instagram made around $24 billion in 2020. As stated in the article (petal) “Micro” influencers have anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 followers.

Unlike your popular friend that has acquired this many followers by posting cool stuff, the people behind these handles are going to grow their page around a specific niche. These accounts can make up to, on average, $88.00 per post. However, most micro-influencers hold off on charging upfront so they can first garner a larger, long-term presence. Even though Instagram may have pros and cons there are so many people using the app. Instagram is available in 36 different languages. Through the years Instagram has involved and made more teens be able to connect with others and have many different things you can do on the platform and also be able to be creative and share it with others. Instagram has a verification logo that is a way for people to know that the notable accounts they are following or searching for are exactly who they say they are. It’s a way for people to know which accounts are authentic and notable. Of course, we’ve already applauded the fact that Instagram is one of the best social media platforms to promote yourself or your brand. But the cons about it make many people have low self-esteem. And don’t feel good about herself and don’t like to post because of that. Even though there are cons to this social media, many people still like the app, and thoughts of people are using it on daily  more than 9 hours a day.

As social media becomes a kind of digital pacifier, a maladaptive coping strategy is used whenever we feel lonely, uncomfortable, or sad. It may be a source of sharing but it can also ruin many lives or individuals which is associated with depression, memory loss, and poor academic performance, and cyberbullying. So next time you want to share something on Instagram or any other large media just know not everything on there is true. Instagram has evolved throughout the years and can be looked at in many different ways and everyone has their own opinion on it