Don’t add yours – The Current
Instagram has been buzzing lately with the addition of the “Add your own” story update. This story sticker allows you to post a prompt with a photo while inviting your friends to add their views on the same prompt. The concept seems like an easy and fun way to interact with others, however, it has become one of the app’s most annoying features.
The social evolution of this feature happened extremely fast, which ultimately led to its downfall, as it is already outdated. This feature was a great way to broadcast memories and moments that would otherwise be forgotten, but it turned into a bunch of lack of originality. Prompts are boring, there’s nothing interesting about an “Add your own” if the prompt itself has no meaning. Everything is repetitive and people miss the point.
Stories are filled with the same content due to overuse of the feature. People no longer have the individuality they once had because of the copy-paste structure that “Add Your Own” provides. It is turned into a lazy content filler for easy output. If you have nothing to post, don’t post.
Individuality and identity are key factors in communication and social media is one of the ways we communicate with others. However, social media shouldn’t be the place to learn intimate details about the people you follow. It seems impersonal to find out more about someone without actually having a conversation with them. These little details that build individual identity should be an interactive and bonding experience towards building a relationship, not an Instagram trend.
“Add Yours” has also been used as a reason to push political and social activism. Performative activism has been a problem in the past and it is resurfacing because of this update. People have created prompts that tell others to add if they support or believe in the issue being discussed. Use issues like racism, sexism, sexual harassment/assault and more. This is extremely problematic as it diminishes the seriousness and importance of the problem. Advocating for political and social issues is necessary and important to spread awareness; however, this should be done for the purpose of education rather than popularity and recognition. Adding this social pressure to sensitive topics can make people feel uncomfortable and forcing them to participate in advocacy without action is pointless.
Again and again, “Add Yours” has proven just how pointless it truly is. Seeing the same content over and over again is exhausting. Functionality creates emotional detachment from intimate information. On top of all this, performative activism is making a comeback. “Add Yours” created a cycle of useless information. Despite the potential of this feature, people using it have destroyed any hope of evolution or creativity. He died as quickly as he became popular.