Instagram is probably the most popular social media that allows you to meet people you haven’t seen before in real life; you normally can contact people within your social circle using other means like WhatsApp or Telegram.
How do you make friends on Instagram? My understanding is that a social media platform allows you to interact with strangers, who are equally willing to interact with other strangers. When you attempt to follow “strangers” (whom your IRL friends are acquainted with) in Instagram, isn’t it paradoxical that most of them won’t accept your follow request, since they don’t know who you are? In fact, even if you follow them, wouldn’t your acquaintance with them solely be limited to liking posts?