Why People Are Giving Out Their Instagram Handle

www.theatlantic.com

I'm still trying to wrap my head around Millennial think pieces, but it looks like we've already moved on to Gen Z think pieces. I don't think I'm ready for that yet. Anyway, it turns out Instagram has become the default way to connect with new friends, dates, or business contacts.

Crucially, Instagram provides much more context—and conversation fodder—than a random string of 10 digits. Because iMessage and SMS don’t come with public profiles, when someone texts you from a number outside your contacts, you have little to no information on who that person is or where you met. Sometimes people will provide this information themselves via text, but often you’re left guessing.
But adding people on Instagram is like scanning a digital business card into your address book. You get their full name and bio, and a direct line of contact through Instagram DM. Plus, you have the added benefit of scrolling back on their profile for additional context on who they are and what they’re into.

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