Although earlier code bars have been found to suggest that Facebook may behave this way, this is now official confirmation.
"This is currently a limited test, where users' likes, reactions, and video views are hidden," a Facebook spokesman told technology publication CNet . With the help of the data collected during the pilot program, Facebook hopes to find out whether people find this form more appealing than Facebook.
This is not the first attempt to hide Facebook likes in Facebook's own social media app. Also to Facebook owned Instagram has been in July, Australia, Canada , Brazil , New Zealand , Ireland , Italy and Japan, likes the numbers hidden in the picture below. According to Facebook representatives, the goal is to reduce people's tension over how many people like their image.
There is a real need for change, as several studies have shown that social media has a serious impact on people's self-esteem and mood. For example, young girls, whose research in the UK has shown a direct link between poor mental health and heavy social media use , are particularly vulnerable . Of course, Facebook is also aware of such studies, and is now beginning to alleviate the situation on its platforms.
Whether changes will actually make people use social media applications differently, and how they will affect our mental health, will be known in the near future. However, this does not necessarily mean that the trend of turning young people on social media will stop.