Remember when the point of social media was to curate an ideal, aestheticized version of your life where every meal is avocado toast and every selfie is perfectly lit and filtered? Not anymore, my friends. Instagram began its transition from a “best of” reel to everyone’s personal Truman show with the addition of Instagram Stories earlier this year and culminated it today with its Livestream feature. Now we can see every mundane, unattractive moment of each other’s lives in real time. Yippee.
But lolz aside (let’s be honest, it’s unlikely people will be using this thing to document themselves doing taxes or going to the bathroom… then again who knows), the ramifications are pretty horrifying. Imagine a sea of concertgoers livestreaming an entire show or sports fans livestreaming a game. And, unlike Facebook, these videos are not catalogued for rewatch – they disappear instantly. This only encourages more and more livestreaming, in case one’s previous efforts were missed by their target audience. Imagine doing a two-hour livestream only to discover that your crush did not check their phone once that entire time? What a nightmare. Better do another one. This also encourages us to spend more and more time on Instagram. Imagine you missed your crushes once in a lifetime two-hour livestream. Once again, total nightmare.
Only time will tell just how irritating this new feature is. Happy livestreaming, everyone.