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This Is The Best Time Of Day To Post A Photo On Instagram

Aka when you'll be getting the most double taps.
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Posting anything on social media can be a bit of a minefield, not least because it's easy to feel like your photo needs to get a certain number of likes for you to feel validated.

While we hope you know in your heart of hearts that this isn't the case at all, and that validation comes from knowing your own self worth and through self love, falling into the double-tap trap is common.

Which might be why Hopper HQ's research into the best time to post a photo on Instagram in order to get the most engagement is so interesting.

Over 1.2 million posts have been scheduled using the site, and from that data, researchers found that the best time to post on Instagram on average is in the evening between 6 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. in the week and 11 a.m. on weekends.

Why? Because this is simply when the most people are using the app, which means more people are likely to see your photo on their timeline and engage with it.

While this probably isn't groundbreaking news to some of you, it's worth noting that it entirely depends on who the people who follow you are: if they're in different time zones, work long hours, etc.

The research also went on to outline which filters and the type of content are most likely to get the most engagementfinding that not only is Gingham the most popular filter, but it also attracts the most likes and comments, with Claredon coming in second.

As for the best performing topics? Photos based on personal experiencelike a weight loss journey or traveling tripreceive on average 22 percent more likes than other images posted on the same account, with data showing photos of animals are the second most engaging.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.