Risking your self-esteem with Instagram ‘Date or Pass’ polls
Instagram stories is becoming the public version of Tinder with this recent trend.
We all know how social media trends come and go, especially when it involves Instagram stories.
Just a few months ago, our Instagram stories were taken over by quiz-like templates and bingo charts that had us sharing our current moods and preferences.
However, Instagram stories may be treading into murky waters with what seems to be an up and coming trend for some Singaporean youths with “Date or Pass” polls.
When Instagram released Polls last year, most used the interactive feature as a useful decision-making tool for their daily lives.
But with “Date or Pass” polls in the picture, people are starting to use the feature for a more shallow purpose. It is almost like a public Tinder, where you will get to vote on how dateable or attractive a person is based on their featured picture.
It typically starts like this: a user will post a story update and ask their followers to direct message (DM) them if they are willing to be featured in the “Date or Pass” poll. When consent has been given, the polls are posted online for the public to judge.
Simply tap on “Date” or Pass” in the poll and congratulations, you have successfully participated in the voting process. The most embarrassing part? The results are revealed instantaneously. The numbers are very ‘in your face’, and the percentages do not lie.
Tinder may be as superficial, but at the very least, rejections are not broadcasted for the rest of the world to mock at.
As such, I make a plea to the rest of our generation – please make wise decisions. Think before you post, vote or do anything online.
What are the possible consequences? Will my actions hurt someone? Should I support this or not?