With over 151 million Instagram followers, 29 million Facebook likes, and 62.2 million Twitter followers, Kim Kardashian West has quite literally built her influential empire through social media. In fact, Business Insider reports that the 39-year-old receives around half a million dollars on endorsements for a single Instagram post alone. For someone who benefits so much on the numbers displayed on her profiles, Kim seems convinced that one could do better without them especially when it comes to mental health.
In a recent interview with New York Times, Kim reveals that she stands with Instagram when it comes to removing the likes count on the app. "I think about when I raise my kids and screen time, phone time, what to post, what not to post, even posting things in real time. I learned from a bad experience that I had when I was robbed that people really new my every move. What I had, they knew where I was, what I was doing. That to me really changed the things that I post," she reveals. "I still want people to feel like they're along that journey with me, but I might video something and then post 30 minutes later when I've left the location more for privacy. But as far as mental health... Taking the likes away and taking that aspect away from it would be really beneficial for people."
In the same interview, she also admits to avoiding the comments section on her posts, stating that concerning oneself with the opinions of other people could take a negative toll on someone's well being. "I don't [read my comments]. But I find myself to be extremely mentally strong. I have friends that are obssesed with reading comments and I find that to be really unhealthy."
Instagram first tested removing the likes feature back in July 2019 for seven countries, in hopes of disassociating the likes count with their users' mental health. That said, the likes aren't being completely removed since the original poster can still see the number on their own posts.