Instagram is the app Americans want to delete more than other apps, report finds

In this photo illustration, the Instagram app in App Store seen displayed on a smartphone screen and a Instagram logo in the background. (Photo Illustration by Thiago Prudencio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

With so many social media apps to choose from, it can be challenging to keep up with all of them, making users inclined to remove some from their phones.

And one of the apps most people want to discard is Instagram, according to a report released by VPNOverview, a cybersecurity website.

To conduct their research, VPNOverview examined the top 30 most popular apps people wanted to delete in the United States over a six-month period based on the number of times search inquiries containing the words "delete" and "deactivate" popped up for each state using and data from Similarweb.

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Instagram had the highest search volume for "deleting" and "deactivating" the app at 900,120 searches nationwide over six months, despite the photo-sharing app ranking as the most popular app of 2022 with over 11.8 million downloads on average each month, VPNOverview noted.

Based on their findings, VPNOverview released a list of social media apps people want to delete, which include:

  1. Instagram
  2. Facebook
  3. Snapchat
  4. Twitter
  5. Telegram Messenger
  6. Spotify
  7. TikTok
  8. Linkedin
  9. Tinder
  10. YouTube

VPNOverview notes that disinformation, fake followers, and surveillance problems are some of the complaints users of Instagram have expressed.

Citing POPSCI, a digital science and technology magazine, VPN shares that new updates from Instagram have spurred petitions from some users calling for the social media platform to return to its previous photo-sharing format.

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Moreover, CNBC reported that some social media users worry about the impact of social media on the mental health of children and teens, especially with increased use by these groups on Instagram and Facebook.   

This story was reported from Washington, D.C.