), who likes you (Why wasn’t I included in that picture?), even how many people like them (if you post and get too few likes, you might feel “Instashame,” as one young woman calls it).The competition for “likes” encourages creativity in young users, who can use filters and other devices to spruce up their images. — comforts parents haunted by the cyberbullying they hear about on Facebook and Twitter.But Instagram’s simplicity is also deceiving: look more closely, and you find the Rosetta Stone of girl angst: a way for tweens and teens to find out what their peers really think of them (Was that comment about my dress a joke or did she mean it?They can obsess over their friendships, monitoring social ups and downs in extreme detail.They can strategically post at high traffic hours when they know peers are killing time between homework assignments.
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Girls do the app one better: they take photos of scenes where no person is present – say, a sunset — but still tag people they love and add gushing comments. But girls also do it because the number of tags you get is a public sign of your popularity.
“How many photos you’re tagged in is important,” says Charlotte, 12.
“No one can see the actual number but you can sort of just tell because you keep seeing their name pop up.” To Show BFF PDA That broken heart necklace you gave your bestie? Now, girls use Instagram biographies – a few lines at the top of their page — to trumpet their inner circle.
It’s a thrill to be featured on the banner that any visitor to the page will see — but not unusual to get deleted after a fight or bad day, in plain, humiliating sight of all your friends. Don’t tag the girl who is obviously in a picture, crop her out of it entirely, refuse to follow back the one who just tried to follow you, or simply post a photo a girl is not in.