What Does SMH Mean on Instagram?

We’re back with another Instagram acronym – and this one is a three-letter phrase that you’ve almost definitely seen before…

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We’re back with another Instagram acronym – and this one is a three-letter phrase that you’ve almost definitely seen before if you engage with controversial content or find yourself wrapped up in conversation with opinionated users.

SMH is a shorthand way of saying ‘Shaking My Head’ and is used to express a negative reaction to something that someone has done or said.

It is sometimes used in captions and as a way of precluding a story, and other times is used as a response to someone else’s post. Keep reading for guidance on where and when this particular acronym is used on the social media app.

When is SMH Used On Instagram?

You may have noticed that Instagram is becoming increasingly concerned with offensive content and with inflammatory captions and posts which are deemed as inappropriate by certain audiences and users.

There are plenty of integrated features that Instagram has rolled out to take action directly against those who share this kind of harmful content. But not every post deserves to be removed or reported.

In fact, it is often more powerful to simply display your opinion and disagreement with a direct response – which is where SMH comes in.

SMH is used by many Instagram account holders to express disappointment. It tends to be employed as a way of showing disdain for an opinion or comment, without taking direct action against the user – inciting conversation rather than aggressive action.

Having said that, there are instances where SMH is used in a lighter sense; that is, as a shorthand caption to accompany content that someone doesn’t like or agree with. Against the increasingly political backdrop of social media, SMH is used by many as a way of sharing content they disapprove of, and quickly identifying their distaste.

Is SMH something that you have seen, or even used before yourself, on Instagram?