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Photo gets 2.5 million likes on Instagram, and its a selfie
For most Instagram users getting even 11 likes can be a struggle, but one celebrity got more than 2 million likes in less than a month on just a selfie. - photo by Shelby Slade
For most Instagram users getting even 11 likes can be a struggle, but one celebrity got more than 2 million likes in less than a month on just a selfie.

Kendall Jenners photo of her laying on the floor with her hair twisted into heart shapes became the most liked photo in Instagram history with 2.6 million likes in one month, Charles Clark reported for Business Insider.

Jenners artistic photo knocked her half sister Kim Kardashian out of the top spot for most liked photo. A photo of Kims wedding to Kanye West got 2.4 million likes in a year.

The popularity of selfies and celebrities, and the dangerous overlap of the two, that teens and adults see everyday says something about society where filtered distortions of reality are the ideal people measure themselves against.

And the celebrity selfie trend is nothing new. The most liked photos of 2014 were selfies and modeling shots of celebrities, aside from a photo of Harry Styles Lego slippers, Teen Vogue reported.

To make things worse, the most followed Instagram accounts belong to celebrities. Jenner, her sister Kylie and her three step sisters, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, are all within the top 20 most followed Instagram accounts, Business Insider reported.

Together the social media-savvy sisters have a collective reach of more than 115 million Instagram users, as of May 1. (Look at the gallery below to see which users crack the top 10 most followed Instagram accounts).

Too much social media has been proven to be bad, but Instagram is extra dangerous, Sonali Kohli reported for Quartz.

Instagram amplifies the problem because it whittles down the elements of social media that are most likely to cultivate feelings of loneliness and self-loathing: photos and likes, Kohli wrote.

People will delete photos that dont get enough likes and work to one up the images their friends post. The Huffington Post even did a study on when to post photos to get the most likes (Wednesday at 5 p.m., if you were wondering), which helps users identify the ideal time to make an impression online.

A photo can very powerfully provoke immediate social comparison, and that can trigger feelings of inferiority, Hanna Krasnova told Slate reporter Jessica Winter. You dont envy a news story.

Instagram makes comparing yourself to another person, celebrities included, surprisingly simple based on the number of likes one photo gets and how one photo looks in comparison.

However, all comparisons are ill-founded because of the time people spend curating their accounts by retaking selfie after selfie for the best lighting to highlight their favorable features.

Celebrities are doing the same things, and they are even more accessible than ever before because of social media, Lane Anderson reported for Deseret News National.

Twitter and Facebook have brought down the wall that separated actors, musicians and athletes from the rest of the world, Anderson wrote. Now anyone can see even more closely the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Sometimes, social media blurs the lines between peers and stars," said (Erin) Wilson, a professional stage actress and singer, "because people are able to package their lives on social media as though we were celebrities.

Instagram could become a place for enjoying unique photos and views of the world, but rather its become a self-esteem breaker specializing in celebrity selfies.
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