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Sane Defaults for Digital Wellbeing

A collective effort to bring back sanity to social media and digital platforms

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Instagram

As a social media platform, Instagram has high toxicity. In terms of user control, Instagram does not allow switching to non-algorithmic feeds. Instagram allows disabling notifications and blocking accounts.

Below are the recommendations for using Instagram.

Home Tab

The Home Tab features two algorithmic feeds:

  1. The main feed, which features the posts from your following in the last few days.
  2. Suggested Posts, begins where the main feed ends.

⚠️ Dark pattern: Instagram does not allow for switching the main feed to a non-algorithmic mode. ⚠️

⚠️ Dark pattern: Instagram does not allow for switching off Suggested Posts. Avoid it manually, if you can. ⚠️

Explore Tab

The Explore Tab features an algorithmic fead that displays a grid of visual content from user posts.

⚠️ Dark pattern: Instagram does not allow for switching off the Explore Tab. Avoid it manually, if you can. ⚠️

Reels Tab

The Reels Tab features an algorithmic fead of videos shot in TikTok short form.

⚠️ Dark pattern: Instagram does not allow for switching off the Reels Tab. Avoid it manually, if you can. ⚠️

Push Notifications

Posts, Stories and Comments

Following and Followers

Direct Messages

Live and IGTV

From Instagram

Other Notification Types

Email and SMS

Privacy

Story

Guides

Activity Status

Account Privacy

Delete the app

If you are suffering from Instagram addiction, we recommend deleting the app from your phone, and just using it on your PC web browser. The web interface lacks Suggested Posts, the Explore Tab and Reels, but still allows for viewing posts and sending direct messages.