Breaking the Finsta’s Enigma
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Some of 2016 trends were Pokemon Go and the 100 layer challenge. Looking back on those trends most people may think, “Wow that was stupid why did we even do that?”, but that’s probably the best type of trend, something to laugh about later on down the road. Along with a new year comes new trends, and a huge up and coming trend on social media is the concept of having a finsta. A finsta, or fake Instagram, is a person’s second Instagram account where they are free to post what is on their mind without judgement.. Most Instagram accounts contain the types of posts people want to see whereas a finsta goes deeper and shows the more realistic aspect of a person’s life.
“I made [finsta]because my friends had one, and it looked like fun,” says senior Kendall Phillips.
Finstas relieve the pressure of possible judgement because most of the users keep the account private and only allow close friends to follow. Finsta’s do not rely on followers, likes, or popularity to determine the success of the account, which is most likely the appealing factor behind causing the trend.
“I do keep my finsta private. I just like to be able to control who follows me,” says Phillips.
Keeping the account private and being very selective of who views posts is a good way to get more enjoyment out of a finsta. . Being able to choose the people who do and do not see posts allows for less judgment and more expression. Many finsta account owners post things on their finsta they would not post on their regular Instagram because it may be considered annoying.
“I post memes and my captions are stupid stuff that happen throughout the day or week”, says junior Taylor Thornton.
Following finstas is a a great way to get to know a person more personally than their regular Instagram because they are made for ranting about dramatic, chaotic filled days or simply the sad days.
“You get more of an insight of like what happens to [a finsta account owner] on a day to day basis and how they actually are instead of looking at their real Instagram and seeing their poser self,” says Thornton.