A few years ago, I was hanging out with my brother when he told me he was going through his Instagram profile and delete some old pictures he had posted. I thought this was strange, and I asked him why he wanted to do that. I don’t remember what his response was, but that was a question that has stuck with me for a while now. Why do people delete their old social media posts? What’s the purpose of it?
I suppose the reasoning might have to do with embarrassment in some ways. After all, my generation is the first to have grown up on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on, and for the most part, the profiles we created when we were thirteen are still active today. Because of that, the posts we made back when we were younger still exist on the internet, whether they be middle-school selfies or dumb things we wrote. They’re there, haunting us, so we delete them to avoid any future embarrassment.
Personally, however, I don’t like to do this. If you were to check my Instagram now and scroll through all 257 of my posts, you’ll still find things all the way back to 2013. And yeah, some of them are a little weird and embarrassing. So how come I never deleted them?