The KonMari method isn’t just for your wardrobe.
After a series of measures put in place to preserve users’ mental health, including an experiment with hiding the number of likes on a post and a new policy that prevents users under 18 from seeing posts promoting weight-loss products, Instagram has now announced a way to curate one’s feed to ensure a more positive experience. After all, everyone can relate to the feelings of negativity, insecurity and FOMO that result from scrolling through image after image of seemingly perfect-looking lives right?
“Curating an Instagram feed that ‘sparks joy’, as Marie Kondo would say, is one way you can get inspired and feel positive this year,” an Instagram spokesperson told Glamour UK.
In order to help you weed out the accounts that make you feel bad about your life or that you’ve just lost interest in, while amplifying the ones that bring joy and levity, Instagram is introducing a new feature that sorts accounts into two categories: “Most Shown in Feed” and “Least Interacted With.” Through this feature, users can see all the accounts they follow organized by category, and can easily identify which ones to keep (adorable dog videos, of course) and which to unfollow (perhaps that random street style star you no longer find interesting?). Once the feature is rolled out fully, you can follow these step-by-step instructions to KonMari your feed:
1. Go to your Instagram Profile and click on “Following.”
2. From there, you’ll see Categories, including “Most Shown in Feed” and “Least Interacted With”
3. Manage the accounts you follow by changing your follow status or clicking the three dots to Manage Notifications or Mute the account.
4. You can also sort your follows by date, which might make it easier to cull accounts you followed years ago but no longer interact with.
“Instagram is really about bringing you closer to the people and things you care about — but we know that over time, your interests and relationships can evolve and change,” a company spokesperson told The Verge. “Whether you graduate, move to a new city, or become obsessed with a new interest and find a community, we want to make it easier to manage the accounts you follow on Instagram so that they best represent your current connections and interests.”