Instagram and The Curse Of The New Question Sticker

OK, hands up… who has been asking random and totally inappropriate questions on Instagram with the social media platform’s newest feature?

Well, in case you already didn’t know or have been too busy sticking crying ugly face Kim Kardashian stickers on that downright obnoxious and conveniently positioned selfie – Instagram recently unveiled a new sticker which can be placed on Stories and then tapped by viewers who want to submit a direct question to the user.

And that means, absolutely any question, from the standard “how big are your genitals?” to the more pressing of questions, like “do you like it doggie style?”

In a blog post, Instagram said it was a “fun new way to start conversations with your friends so you can get to know each other better.”

It sure does sound like fun, if you unashamedly have the nerve to ask the most inappropriate questions in order to keep these various Instagram models and IG users busy. However, the problem is that most people thought it was completely anonymous

Imagine the endless possibilities with questions on Stories. Credit: The Independent

Yes, the users of this new feature were left quite frankly red faced and totally embarrassed when they realised the questions were in fact not anonymous as they had first assumed.

It follows a similar approach to social networking site Ask.fm, in which users create profiles and are encouraged to answer questions anonymously from other users.

Having the feature to ask anonymous questions without your identity being revealed received tons of backlash from concerned anti-bullying groups, after countless reports of harassment from young users on the site emerged.

The ability to leave anonymous questions received even more condemnation when on the 6th of August 2013, it was reported that Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl from Leicestershire, England, had killed herself, and that her father blamed her death on cyberbullying responses that she had received on the site.

So, it comes as a surprise as to why Instagram, which has just over 600 million users, has decided to allow a feature which, while not totally anonymous – can encourage forms of cyberbullying and harassment.

But yeah – back to asking unsuitable questions to complete strangers online now.

The asking questions option on IG stories can bring about serious cyber bullying cases. Credit: Softonic

Assuming the sticker was an anonymous way to ask the kind of questions that could get you arrested for, or at the very least, a hefty fine from the thought police – users of the social media platform have been sharing their awkward stories online in which they have asked rather ill-suited questions to people, with one male user even admitting that he had asked a female work colleague “why her breasts were so big?”

Yep, that is going to be a totally uncomfortable encounter in the staff canteen in the morning. Another user, who conveniently did not want to be named, confessed that they had asked their friends mum, if she liked to “engage in casual anal sex on occasion.”

Something tells us that he won’t be invited round for dinner anytime soon by the mother in question.

Let’s be honest, we all like being incognito when it comes to asking the questions you would never dare to ask in person, but maybe next time you should actually read the small print before asking what someone enjoys in the bedroom, eh?

 

Story by Michael Lee

Featured Photo Credit: Trusted Reviews

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