THREE REASONS. Why are you on Instagram? "Because it's the way to socialize, it's a letter of introduction." What is the best of that network? "That is very visual." And the worst? "That is a bit superficial. And the falsehood (nobody is really like it comes out on Instagram)"The one who answers is Alba, 17. She will turn 18 in May, she will not be able to vote in the general elections, she will be able to do so in the European, regional and municipal elections, she opened her Instagram account in 2017. It is followed by 491 people. 434. He says that he is half his age in terms of followers - "that's what counts" - between 300 and 600. Success starts at 2,000.
STALKER MA NON TROPPO. None of the respondents knew that Stalker It was a film released in 1979 by the Russian Andrei Tarkovsky who won the special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, but when you tell them that you are browsing Instagram to try to draw some conclusions about its use they tell you that that is to be a stalker (in English, "person who stalks another furtively"). They add to that definition nuances that come close to the idea of "spy" or "stalker". Even those whose profiles are public do so. Many believe that the fact that an account bears his name is a guarantee that his privacy is protected. "How are you going to let them look at a teenage girl's account?" It is a recurring question. Re-question: "Who has to leave me?" Answer: "Instagram".
THE IDEAL ALBUM. "For the posts you save the most curved photos, "says Alejandro, 15. The profile was opened two years ago, that is, one before the legal, he only had to lie in the process (which takes a minute)" I never upload anything committed "Nobody admits uploading anything compromised, they upload the most" currado ", generally, very posed portraits of the owner of the account, it is his letter of presentation, which is why the gestures abound - duly filtered by the camera or the computer. of ad, the sensual and the melancholic, as well as the joyful or carefully spontaneous ones, a scenography of a film or video clip, "Sesioneo", they call it. "When you meet someone, you ask them Instagram. The phone? That is another step. "Among those portraits, there are already few, selfies, which are reserved for stories: publications that disappear at 24 hours. Instagram was born in 2010, Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook, bought the company in 2012 and in 2016 launched that tool to compete with Snapchat, until then, reference as a network of ephemeral messages.
TUNA OR FILLET? If the posts are the ideal album - the authoritative biography - the stories They are part of the conversation. They serve to recommend songs or videos in fragments of 20 seconds, photos called to disappear, memes ad hoc or "chorras" type surveys: On Sunday you go out or not? Tuna or steak? "The most random". The most active climb two or three posts a month; stories, daily. Although they know that it costs less to click on the heart icon, they value more the number of likes -dar like it is, sometimes, a way of being noticed- that of comments, often close to onomatopoeia.
A REVOLUTIONARY EGG. The revolution will not come out on Instagram. That's what the WhatsApp groups are for. When asked for an example of superficiality, adolescents resort to the same example: on January 4 someone opened a profile with the photo of an egg and asked that it become a world record of likes. He got it. It closed the month of March with 53 million. Despite the generational component, neither the feminist strike of March 8 nor the ecologist-student of the 15 had a great impact on that network. All in all, they know that Vox is the political party with the most followers. "It connects a lot," says Alba, who defines herself as "rather of the left" and sets out to check the exact figure (227,000, twice as much as Podemos and four times more than PP and PSOE). Then check how many of your followers also follow the Santiago Abascal party: 8. The revolution will not come out on Instagram. The reaction maybe.
SPEAKING FOR THE CAMERA. In Instagram, the color filter is worth more than the spell checker. Although English splashes many of its very brief texts, image is everything. The photos do not need translation. In the mid-nineties, Telefónica made Joan Fontcuberta, photographer, essayist and Hasselblad prize-the unofficial Nobel Prize for photography-a very specific question: Was it worth adding a camera to mobile phones? His answer was also concrete: it would be a "solemn nonsense" and a "commercial suicide". Now he talks about post-photography because he knows that "we do not take pictures with our cell phone but we talk on camera". It does not matter as much the memory as the message, the record as the conversation, not the "it was" as the "I was there". Not the "I am like that" as the "I want to be".
ARIANA OR SELENA? 90% of acquaintances, 10% of celebrities (singers, actresses, actors and athletes). Approximately. This is how the instagramers to the people they follow. Instagram itself is a matter of continuous analysis. They know how many followers their friends have and who has more in the whole world. And the constant variations in the ranking: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo (160 million, "more than Messi" with 113). 2) Ariana Grande. 3) Selena Gomez. 4) The Rock, the actor. 5) Kim Kardashian. Not to mention the 291 million followers of the network itself.
PRIMITIVE SPELLING. As in the presentations of the profiles, in the comments that accompany the images, the hermetism, the private winks and the moods prevail. The answers are usually of the type: "Neneeee". "My most beautiful ..." (in fan version). "K t streets" (in critical version). And a succession of repeated or combined emoticons. The sign of opening of admiration or interrogation disappears systematically. At the last Language Congress, held in Argentina last March, the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, contemplated the possibility that one day - "although remote" - this practice would extend to the usual Spanish language. It would be a return to 1754, at which time the RAE began to recommend its use, a recommendation not converted into law until 1844. For a while, even, the opening signs were reserved for long sentences: you could write "Caramba!". However, young users - even those who have choked on ESO grammar - say they are aware that networks are another level of language. It would never occur to them to write like that in an exam. Levels: this newspaper also, in its printed edition, dispenses with the opening sign when the text begins with a capitular.
HUMOR WITHOUT CONTEXT. "In case it's a fake, you check it in another site, "Alejandro says to explain that he sometimes uses Instagram as a means of information, sometimes what he proves is nothing more than the result of an NBA birth, but he does not trust himself. On the 5th of March, Movistar + withdrew from the circulation a monologue in which the comedian Iggy Rubín joked with the ETA member Josu Veal and José Ortega Lara, a victim of ETA. The resistance, David Broncano's program, another generational milestone. Question: Who is Josu Ternera? Answer by Alba: "One from ETA, right?" Q: And Ortega Lara? A: "I do not know." Q: How do you know who Veal is? A: "I went out in [la película] Deal maker"Minutes later he adds another response:" I already know who Ortega Lara is, one of Vox. I just looked on the Internet. On Instagram you have a hashtag"
This report is the fifth installment of Grow Connected, a series of articles that explore the lives of children and adolescents in a digital world. The codes have changed, the kids learn, play and interact through networks and screens, surrounded by algorithms and big data, natives in environments in which their elders move with bewilderment. Grow Connected reflects on the challenges they face and the possibilities that are open for these generations. What do technology do, where are they and how do they use it? They are between 3 and 18 years old: they will be our guides.[[go back up]