It’s been half a year since I stopped using Instagram. I still have no desire to go back. Recently I pondered on the future of this app. Everything evolves with time or gets left behind so I thought it would be fun to imagine the future of Instagram evolved.
I know recently Instagram added a new feature where you could remove the “likes” button on your pictures – That’s progress. However, I think Instagram still has a lot of work on its hands when it comes to improving the app. The problem is some users are there for personal reasons while others are there for business and it all gets muddled together. You’re trying to talk to a friend but you end up getting bombarded with ads and people flexing. That’s not exactly how I like it to go when I’m looking to catch up with friends.
Social media constantly promotes a spirit of competition. So many people get caught up in trying to outdo each other. While people have always been this way, it only became enhanced on steroids with social media. Especially with Instagram. I realize the way people flex is different since the pandemic hit but the flexing has continued in its own ways despite it.
For the record, normally in the past (before social media) people tended to only compare themselves with their neighbors or social groups in real life. It wasn’t many people and normally it was within their social class. Since I left social media, I can attest this to be true. I have a few neighbors (I live in the country so we’re a little spread out here) and we are all more or less in the same social class so there’s hardly any pressure to “out do” each other. We country bumpkins just don’t care about that stuff hahaha.
In other words, the pressure is off when you leave social media for most people. You might still want nice things but it’s not to flex. It’s for your personal enjoyment or to share with close friends and family. What a concept eh? Yet some people don’t even feel it’s worth it if others aren’t going to see what they have or where they’re going or what they’re eating. For most though, when you disconnect from social media you realize that needing people to see your happy moments is actually a backwards way of living. You’re happy and whether people see it or not doesn’t matter. Life is meant to be enjoyed inwardly, privately. Without flexing.
I think the future of Instagram will be an app where you can keep up with close friends and family members through photos but without the “social media effect.” There won’t be “likes” or “follows”. People will give access to users to view their photo albums but the owner of the photo albums will decide which albums or photos that person is allowed to view. So you’ll be able to separate what you want friends, family, co-workers, boyfriend/girlfriends, or business prospects to see. They will be sent a notification that they have been invited to view your photos once the request is accepted or the link Is shared. As a result no one will feel like a creep or “stalker” since they were personally invited to view your albums.
As far as a business app where people can advertise their business, let’s be honest: we don’t need to buy a million products. We already consume too much as Americans. Let’s stop spending so much money on things we don’t really need and won’t really use. Over consumption in America is destructive and shouldn’t be encouraged. However, products and services that are needed or highly valued will always be ok. It’s the over consumption of things that hurt our pockets, take up space and then ultimately end up in a landfill that become the problem.
I don’t see a need to develop a new app for business advertising. We already have Yelp!, the Facebook marketplace, and Tiktok small business. I enjoy those three forms of business advertising and the only thing that would be better would be an app that combined aspects of all three features together. Users could choose to see products and services in their city as well as any city or state. You would be able to choose from tabs different businesses to look at such as repair businesses, health and wellness, food, furniture, home goods, ect.
I believe that these changes to social media and business advertising would help improve people’s mental well being and allow for people to interact in more meaningful ways with each other.
Thanks for reading,