What is Finsta and Rinsta and why do teens have these ?
Have you heard of Finsta and Rinsta? Maybe this will help: Finstargram and Rinstagram. Still no? Unless you are a teenager chances are slim that this is something you use or even have but if you are teen Finsta has become the must-have-thing.
Finstagram or Finsta for cool is a conjunction of two words: Fake and Instagram. Rinstagram or Rinsta is a conjunction of Real and Instragram. So your Finsta account is your fake Instagram account and Rinsta is your real Instagram account.
Instagram is a social status
Instagram has become such an integral part of being a teenager in today’s tech world. Teens take Instagram very seriously as part of their social status which means the pressure is on to be perfect, upload the most amazing pics, and the aim is to gain more followers and likes. More followers is equated with being more popular. One does not simply snap and upload. Oh no. Multiple pics are snapped of every situation from multiple angles so that only one pic is carefully selected to reflect the best of the situation. The pic is then edited and enhanced. Using the basic Instagram filters is a no-no too. Teens will spend money to purchase photo editing apps to ensure they have the tools on their mobile phone to “edit before you Insta” as a 12-year-old girl told me.
This is a lot of pressure to maintain.
Therefore this is where Finsta comes in. Finsta, the fake Instagram account is created mostly by girls (according to Urban Dictionary), where they can be themselves and not worry about what they are posting.
The fake Instagram accounts, which only their Besties know of, are set to Private so that not everyone can access the gallery. On this account there is no pressure to be perfect and anything goes. This is where teens are free to snap away and upload those ugly/weird/funny/ just being me type to photos without spending hours editing anything. This is where teens can be themselves as they virtually hang with their best mates. The Finsta account is where there is no pressure to get more followers.
Maintaining Multiple Accounts
Having multiple accounts means you have to maintain these but this is not a simple process as the Instagram app only allows you to log into one account. Therefore teens who have multiple accounts are forced to log out from the Rinsta account and log into their Finsta account. This will soon change as Instagram will allow its users to log into multiple accounts like Twitter does.
Finsta is yet another complication in the lives of our connect kids that we never had to deal with but at least having Finsta means there is an outlet for kids to be themselves and not constantly put on the perfect front.
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