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hide like counts on IG in depressurizing platform usage

Concerns have previously been raised about the impact of social media platforms on mental health, particularly among younger people, with some equating the number of likes on a post to popularity or a sign of validation. Now, all Instagram and Facebook users have the choice to hide both the like counts of other people’s posts that appear in their feed, as well as the count on their own posts. Instagram has given all users the option to hide like counts from posts in an effort to “depressurise” the experience of using the platform. Has social media platforms/ internet contributed to the high numbers of mental health cases ?

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