Instagram becomes an popularity meter and teens learn to manipulate the levers of success.
Here are a few of the ways that girls are leveraging Instagram to do much more than just share photos: To Know What Friends Really Think Of Them In the spot where adults tag a photo’s location, girls will barter “likes” in exchange for other things peers desperately want: a “TBH” (or “to be honest”). If you like a girl’s photo, she’ll leave you a TBH comment.
), who likes you (Why wasn’t I included in that picture?
That’s not what the app creators intended, of course, but it does make psychological sense: as they become preteens, research shows that girls’ confidence takes a nosedive.
Instagram, then, is a new way for girls to chase the feeling of being liked that eludes so many of them.
), even how many people like them (if you post and get too few likes, you might feel “Instashame,” as one young woman calls it).
They can obsess over their friendships, monitoring social ups and downs in extreme detail.