The Very Real Upside to Having a "Finsta"
Finsta is short for “fake Instagram,” but there’s nothing fake about it. The idea originated in 2014, and it's become even more popular ever since. We all love Insta. Nowadays, however, real Instagram (aka "rinsta") is filled with edited and posed photos, curated to receive maximum likeage. In contrast, a finsta is a private account that only close friends of the user have the privilege of following. It serves as the dumping ground for funny or unflattering photos, intended for the eyes of close companions only.
Common finsta posts include, but are not limited to: a pic of your terrible sunburn from a day at the beach, something funny you found written on your school’s bathroom wall, or a screenshot of a text conversation from your family's group chat. Everyone utilizes finsta differently, but at the indisputable core, a finsta is a private account that reveals the unfiltered, unavailable-to-the-general-public image of a person. One can pretty easily identify a finsta from a rinsta. A person’s finsta will usually have a ridiculous username (puns are pretty popular), a witty bio (probably a link to the Krispy Kreme vine or some Drake lyrics out of context), and a funny photo as the icon (this could really be anything, from a double chin selfie to a photo of handsome Squidward).
A finsta can be whatever the user wants it to be; there really are no rules. It doesn’t matter how many times you post, or if your picture doesn’t fit the classic Instagram mold—a finsta is just based on what you like. It’s widely agreed upon that finsta users who utilize comedy are the best kind of users. Many, however, use the platform to post photos of themselves with really long captions that summarize their days (think Twitter, but without a character limit).
We both spend more time on finsta because we can learn about what people are interested in and get to know them better, rather than seeing a VSCO-edited photo of them “candidly” laughing with their friends. Rinsta portrays only the happy parts of someone’s life, making everything look perfect, we never see the bad days. With finsta, you see the good, the bad, and everything in between.
It’s sad how many people believe the number of likes they receive on Instagram somehow validates their self-worth. Finsta became popular because so many of us realized how ridiculous that mindset is. When using finsta, the pressure’s off and teenagers can post whatever they want, so we’re sort of living a Hannah Montana lifestyle. The good parts go on the real instagram...and reality goes on the finsta.
By Jane Boehlert, 18, and Charlotte O’Leary, 18