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You’ve probably heard the buzz–Instagram is removing the visible number of likes from our photos (cue gasp). Some people are trying to boycott the app, furious about the new change. But despite the mixed reviews, we’re excited about the update’s potential to improve our overall wellness while using the app! Here’s a breakdown of how it will positively affect us.
While we can still see our own like-counts, none of our followers will be able to. When we scroll through Instagram, we’ll see posts that say liked by one user we follow “and others.” When clicked, we can see a short list with some of the post’s likers, but not all of them.
The update doesn’t remove likes altogether, only the public visibility of them. So, if you still want to evaluate your selfie, you totally can (this just takes the pressure off a little).
Studies have shown that social media usage is linked to depression, and likes are associated with peer influence in adolescents. Essentially, many people use social media as a platform for quantifying their self-worth and interests based on the approval of others. As much as we might hate to admit it, likes matter. We use them as a means of comparing ourselves, determining what’s cool or trendy, and understanding who is considered the most popular and likable.
"As a brand, we want to be less interested in how many likes a post gets and more focused on connecting with our followers and being a healthy place to spend time online."
- Devin Dilday, MINDBODY Social Media Team Lead
In 2017, Instagram was ranked as the social media app that most negatively affects our mental health. Removing likes from photos puts us one step closer to decreasing social media’s power over our happiness. Although it won’t solve our FOMO, it might help us worry a little less about what we share. Let’s face it: many of us have deleted a post we were initially excited about, just because it didn’t get enough love. Why should we let these numbers limit how we express our uniqueness, self-confidence, and creativity?
Instagram’s removal of likes could change how we use the platform altogether. Rather than trying to quantify people, objects, and activities, we will be able to focus on the actual content. On their Twitter profile, Instagram explained, “We want your followers to focus more on what you share, not on how many likes your post gets.” This shift will bring us back to Instagram’s mission, “bringing you closer to the people and things you love.”
"It's a positive update for everyone!," says Devin Dilday, MINDBODY Social Media Team Lead. "As a brand, we want to be less interested in how many likes a post gets and more focused on connecting with our followers and being a healthy place to spend time online."
Without likes to distract us, we can use Instagram to discover methods for personal wellness, connecting with inspiring/relatable people, and sharing successes (and failures) in a healthy, productive way. As a wellness brand, @mindbody seeks to inspire others to lead healthier, happier lifestyles, prioritizing their wellness in whatever way works best for them—and we are all for this new update and what it could mean for our mental health.
Looking to add some positivity to your feed? Follow @mindbody for a daily dose of all things wellness!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!