Why are users so attracted to Instagram, even though they know it’s just a drawing on a rectangular device? You might like spending time on the Instagram app but sometime in the future, and there’s a chance it’ll be very soon, you’ll regret it. So, what is it on Instagram that makes you stick to it even when you know deep down that it isn’t productive or helpful? Well, the main answer lies within you, not the platform. Instagram isn’t responsible for you spending hours on your smartphone; only you are.
You do so because it’s easy and a source of cheap dopamine. You don’t need to work to get that good feeling again and again when you watch a funny reel.
However, what’s happening in your brain is that there’s a release of dopamine. It’s the reward hormone and is generally released when something makes you feel good. Ideally, this happens during sex, eating delicious food, spending time with your loved ones, or when you win or achieve something.
However, if dopamine is a permanent resident in your brain, your reward system will get imbalanced. The moment you put your phone down, the dopamine will stop, and you’ll feel almost forced to pick up your phone again.
Other things like hard work and achievement will feel like a waste of time because you’re used to instant, effortless gratification.
This will result in low motivation, lack of determination and willpower, and boredom. You won’t feel the thrill or rush of consistently working towards a long-term goal.
However, don’t worry; addiction can be broken. This won’t be easy, but waking up five years later with no goal, ambition, direction, or money will also be difficult.
Firstly, you should deactivate all social media accounts.
Take a detox, even if you can only last for two days during the first one. Start doing something hard that you don’t want to do. It should be something that will help in the long term but hurts daily. Hitting the gym is a great example of that.
In today’s blog, we’ll discuss what happens if you watch someone’s Instagram story and then block them. Stick with us until this blog’s end to learn all about it!
What Happens If You Watch Someone’s Instagram Story and Then Block Them?
Instagram is a large social media platform that greatly values privacy and security. If you ever feel like your experience on Instagram is being hampered due to inappropriate users, don’t worry; we’ll help you with that.
Let’s now talk about your initial query: what happens if you watch someone’s Instagram story and then block them? You’ll disappear from their profile, including their story viewers list if that’s what you’re asking.
We understand how you could’ve gotten into a situation where you needed the answer to this question. We’ve all accidentally watched our crush’s Instagram story they posted exactly eleven seconds ago at least once. We don’t want them to see their viewers’ list where our name stands in the first place.
So, it is kind of a good idea to block them. They won’t see your view and, therefore, won’t think you’re desperate or creepy.
If this had happened a few months ago, you’d have had to block them for twenty-four hours. However, Instagram has newly released a feature where story views are arranged according to engagement rather than chronology after the first ten views.
So, you need to wait till their story gets ten views. After that, you can easily unblock and follow them.
Keep an explanation ready in case they ask what happened. Also, blocking them will result in all their likes and comments on your posts disappearing, and vice versa. Only go ahead with this if that isn’t a problem for you.
How to block someone on Instagram
Step 1: Launch Instagram on your smartphone and log in to your account.
Step 2: On the first page, you’ll see the Home Screen. Tap on the magnifying glass icon next to the Home icon at the bottom, which will take you to the Explore page.
Step 3: On the Explore page, tap the Search bar and enter the person’s username you want to block.
Step 4: From the search results that appear, tap on their profile. You’ll see the three-dots icon at the top right corner. Tap on it, and a pop-up menu will appear. Tap on Block.
Step 5: You have two options: either to block this account or to block this person, their other accounts, and any new accounts they might create. Tap on the option of your choice.
There you go! However, that’s not all. You need to be able to pull it off entirely, and that includes unblocking them immediately after their story gets ten views.
How to unblock someone on Instagram
Step 1: Go to Your profile. At the top right corner, locate and tap on the hamburger icon.
Step 2: A pop-up menu will appear. Tap on the first option there, called Settings. Next, tap on the fourth option called Privacy.
Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom to find an option called Blocked accounts and tap on it.
Step 4: Next to the username of the people/person you’ve blocked, you’ll find a button called Unblock. Tap on it, and they’ll be able to contact you again.
We all have one friend who won’t stop posting memes on their story. While we love them dearly, it does get annoying after some time, doesn’t it? Well, don’t worry, because we have just the solution for you.
Here’s how to mute someone’s story on Instagram
Muting someone’s Instagram story is very easy.
Step 1: Long-press on their story from where it appears on your Instagram feed.
Step 2: A pop-up menu with only two options will appear at the bottom. Tap on the second option called Mute.
Step 3: Next, you’ll get an option to either Mute Story or Mute Story and Posts. Choose whichever works for you.
If you think your Instagram stories are amazing and deserve a permanent place on your profile, you should do that! Highlights are a great way to preserve your Instagram stories.
Here’s how to create a highlight on Instagram
Step 1: Go to Your profile. At the top, you’ll see your posts, the number of people who follow you, and the number of people you follow.
Under your bio, you’ll see a circular icon with a plus sign, with the words, Create Highlight written under it; tap on it.
Step 2: This will bring you to your Stories archive. Choose all the pictures for the highlight and tap on the Next button at the top right corner.
Step 3: Select a nice title for the highlight. You can also choose the highlight cover from all the stories in the highlight itself or any other picture from your gallery by tapping on the blue Edit cover option.
Step 4: Tap on Done at the top right corner, and your highlight is ready.
In the end
As we end this blog, let’s recap all we’ve discussed today.
If you see someone’s story on Instagram and block them, they won’t be able to tell that you’ve watched their story. However, remember to unblock them soon lest they forget you forever.
If you find a user’s stories annoying, go ahead and mute all their stories; they won’t find out!
Lastly, if you want to keep your stories on your profile forever, just create a highlight. They’re fun and also look cool!
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