Please Instagram, don’t take away my mindless, time-killing scrolling

Adam Monsseri

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Image: Mashable/ bob al-greene

It happened to me: I was a victim of Instagram’s botched update.

I woke up on Thursday and went through my usual morning routine — shut off my alarm after four pain rounds of making catnap, cleared my notifications, and blearily scrolled through social media to catch up on whatever I missed out on while I was asleep. Facebook was full of holiday photos from my mildly problematic household pals, and Twitter was refreshingly devoid of hot takes.

Then I got to Instagram, tapped through whatever popped up on my screen without actually reading it, and appears to hit a wall while scrolling. Still half-asleep, I shut the app and tried again, when a pop-up told me there was a “new way to move through posts.” I discounted it again and tried my usual mindless scroll, but merely went through specific comments of a niche meme instead.

To my fright, I had to tap to get through photos. The mysterious algorithm that dispelled chronological posts had decided to curse me with Instagram’s latest update, locking me into some sort of horizontal inferno of everlasting tapping.

The progress bar, which was supposed to show how much further you had to go before reaching the end, only seemed to get longer the more I tapped. It was almost claustrophobic — there was no end in sight, and you couldn’t made the top of the feed to start at the beginning.

There’s something incredibly suffocating about reaching a scroll restriction.

There’s something incredibly suffocating about making a scroll restriction.

Even worse, we’re still in the throes of holiday season. Every other post I waded through seemed to be a 7 to 10 photo slideshow of groups wearing matching “ugly” sweaters, with every photo subject contorted into some pain crouch to fit in the frame. I haven’t talked to the majority of members of these people in person in years — why did I have to see their remote uncle hunched into a parody of a sorority hunker?

I remember closing the app, sending a quick prayer to the algorithm gods, and opening it again in hopes that it was just a terrible glitch. It wasn’t. I switched to my finsta, which was spared in what seemed to be some sort of user culling, and briefly considered deleting my main account wholly so I didn’t have to deal with the tap.

The cursed feed changed back after an hour.

“Due to a flaw, some consumers ascertained a change to the lane their feed appears today. We rapidly fixed the questions and feed is back to normal. We apologize for any confusion, ” a spokesperson for Instagram wrote in a statement to Mashable.

According to a tweet from the head of Instagram, Adam Monsseri, it was “supposed to be a small test but we moved broader than anticipated.”

The Great Feed Change and the online terror that followed demonstrates something: People don’t go on Instagram to see what their friends are up to. We use Instagram for mindless scrolling to kill time. Tapping through posts horizontally takes endeavor , and armies you to actually look at posts before moving on. Sure, it could be great as a social experiment, but who are interested that? We only want to be able to wake up and scroll through cat photos until we feel alive again.( And by “we” I signify me. I want to scroll through feline photos until I feel something again .)

If anything, this hour-long hell constructed me realize that I need to unfollow a lot of reports that, in all honesty, I don’t actually care about anymore. It constructs me want to curate my feed so I’ll only see updates from people that I still talk to and still want to see.

And it stimulated me miss the chronological feed now more than ever, but there’s little chance of bringing that Eden back.

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