4 Things Making Instagram More Appealing to Teenagers


Instagram is a lovely photo and video-sharing social media app owned by Facebook as well. The app was developed by Facebook Inc. by Kevin Systrom and Mike Kriege and lunched exclusively on iOS on October 2010.

The American online publisher of technology industry news TechCrunch made Instagram a runner-up for “Best Mobile App” of 2010. The said app was nominated in Teen Choice Award under Choice Social Network in 2012. Instagram won the “Best in Apps” category for the 4th Annual Shorty Awards in 2012. The digital media website Mashable named Instagram as No. 1 on its list of “The 100 best iPhone apps of all time” in 2015. Moreover, Mashable also noted that Instagram is one of the most influential social media networks around the globe of 2015.

In 2014, Facebook commissioned the cultural insights and strategy consultancy Crowd DNA to create a study in relation with Intagram and its teen users. The study conducted survey and interviews of teens from ages 13 to 24 and are using Instagram. Since Instagram requires that members should be 13 and older, the study chose ages 13 to 24 for the entire surveys and interviews.

The teen participants were from 13 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US.

The study entitled “Coming of Age on Screens” and it examined today’s mobile-first mentality, mentality, constant connectivity and their tendency to express themselves online.

Crowd DNA discovered that both teens and young adults have a positive opinion of Instagram. Around 40 percent of the teens who participated in the study described the Facebook-owned app as:

  • Current – 42 percent
  • Friendly – 40 percent
  • Trendy – 39 percent
  • Creative – 37 percent

“Coming of Age on Screens” also found out why teens like Instagram. According to them, the app nurtures the relationships with their friends. They feel more connected to those people they already know.

So, what are the other things that make Instagram appealing to teenagers? Find out below:

Strict privacy settings

Instagram features a strict privacy setting, ensuring that outside users, especially those not following you, have to request your permission to see the photos and videos you post. Users have the power to remain private and only their followers will see the content of their profile. There are no means to bypass the privacy settings. To ward off strangers and other potential strangers, Instagram does not allow the downloading of photos as well as turning off the comment section.

More visual social media network

If a teenager appreciates arts and pretty things, Instagram is the perfect social media network because it’s all about photos and videos sharing. From healthy breakfast to checking out museums, there’s a lot to share. Moreover, it features amazing filters to enhance each photo. Teenagers extremely like the Instagram photo enhancing apps, improving their pictures to perfection before posting online.

Clean and appealing interface

Unlike Facebook, Instagram is more neat and no cluttered and messy text. The visual content of the app organized and well-ordered. Moreover, it allows the users to organize their profiles in an efficient manner to add more appeal. This is why Instagram is more popular compared to other photo-sharing apps.

More app features

Instagram only add features are actually useful for the users. They have a clear vision on what to feature on a photo-sharing app. Aside from filters, Instagram also allows users to share videos and live stream for their followers. Just like Snapchat, it has feature called Stories that would disappear after 24 hours. More fun features that are perfect for Instagram are Photo Grid and Boomerang. It has also a geo-tagging feature, letting the users to add location where the photo was taken.