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‘Finstas’ promote honesty

Kayleigh Padar

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Saying, “I’m posting this on my finsta, not my rinsta,” is bound to get some negative responses. For everyone I know who has a finsta, a “fake” Instagram, there are four others who think the concept is stupid.

Some people argue that finstas are pointless or an example of social media at its worst. I mean, what really is the point of having an Instagram for only your closest friends? Who even has that many closest friends, that you would separate them out into a finsta?

But, the more I’ve thought about finstas, the more I love them. At its core, a finsta is just our seventh grade Instagram account reincarnated. I’d encourage all students to get finstas, or at least enthusiastically follow friends’ finstas.

Scrolling through someone’s finsta, students might see bad selfies, emotional rants, screenshots of funny conversations from friends, song recommendations, and all of those Instagram challenges we pretend to be too cool for. (“Like for a TBH” is still fun, no matter what we tell ourselves.)

In a world where anyone can filter out a highlight reel of life, finstas provide a place for pure honesty. I wish I could say that everyone should be honest on all forms of social media, but that would never catch on. Besides, I don’t want my aesthetic to be clogged up with a “30 day photo challenge” or “first person to like this gets their name written on my wrist.” (Speaking of, why did we ever do those? Maybe don’t bring that back.)

The point is that finstas provide a little corner of the internet with a giddy, preteen-ish vibe, without being overbearing. We should all support finstas a little more and let them comfortably remind us of the days when we would get home from middle school, put on Hannah Montana, and post a blurry photo of the screen with the classic #tbt.

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