It is not uncommon for teens to have thousands of Instagram followers (many of whom they don’t know personally), and the potential for criticism on such accounts is rife.
I’ve spoken with 50 Australian families – including 118 children aged 1-18 – about technology use, and am currently conducting a follow-up qualitative investigation with a further 25 teens about their social media use.
The data for both studies will be published this year.
In my own study of teen use of social media, 17-year-old Tommy stated he used his finsta account to post funny pictures just for his friends.
He said he would never post those pictures on his real Instagram because he wouldn’t want everyone to see how goofy he can be.
The rise of the finstas (sometimes referred to as “privates” by teens) began in 2017 when for the first time, Instagram allowed users to create and switch between multiple accounts.