Would you sing just as loud and with just as much passion if there was nobody in the audience? Instagram is exploring the idea of hiding how many likes a post gets. You would still be able to access the information on your own posts, but it wouldn’t be put on display for everyone to see. I hope they do it. For my Instagram world, I would love if followers could appreciate the beauty of a photograph for its own intrinsic value, not its popularity. Some of the best photographers I know have relatively small followings. But more importantly, for the well-being of the developing minds in the young users who use Instagram to share their lives and unknowingly find themselves in an ongoing popularity contest and quest for validation from a world that can never satisfy that need! Social media is a great and spacious building with no foundation.