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My current research shows that on any given day, a teen accesses Instagram around 10-30 times.
They check likes, comments, share stories, view their friends’ latest posts, and follow their interests.
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.
The teen may use his finsta account to share his interest with like-minded fans, he may even set it up to give the impression that it is a girl’s account.
Private, less visible accounts allow teens the opportunity to move away from the carefully cultivated, public persona on their real Instagram account – and present a rawer, “this-is-the-real-me” personality to a smaller group of closer friends.
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.
Teens may also use finstas as a way of boosting their real Instagram accounts, for example using them to likes posts or add flattering comments as is seen with You Tube activity.
A benefit of finstas is that they allow the focus of teen’s social media use to shift in a positive way.