‘Counting On’: Do The Duggars Follow Each Other on Social Media?

The Duggar family’s reality TV show, Counting On, will be returning to the airwaves next week. While the last season ended months ago, family followers have been keeping up with the Duggars, and their recent string of dramatic events, on Instagram. That has led many to wonder, are all of the Duggar kids following each other, even when it seems like they don’t have the best relationship?

The Duggar kids all follow each other on Instagram

While there appears to be some bad blood in the family, the Duggars are putting on a good face on social media. Each of the family members that are allowed to access Instagram follow each other. Jill Duggar follows all of her siblings, and she even follows Anna Duggar. Fans have long suspected Jill has distanced herself from Josh Duggar and his wife, Anna, but at least when it comes to social media, she is still keeping up with them.

Members of the Duggar family sit down for an interview
Members of the Duggar family sit down for an interview } FOX News Channel via Getty Images

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It is important to note that Jill has not been photographed with her eldest brother in years, and even before she disappeared from the Duggar family feed, Jill never stood next to Josh in photos. Derick Dillard, Jill’s husband, has spoken openly about distancing his family from toxic influences. While many people believe he was talking about Jim Bob Duggar, a subsect of followers strongly suspect he was referencing the troubled eldest child of the Duggar clan.

Anna Duggar seems to be the busiest on Instagram

While all of the Duggar kids follow each other on social media, Anna appears to be the Duggar who is most likely to comment on and like content from her extended family. Family followers have noticed that Anna is a pretty prolific commenter, and she doesn’t pick and choose who she interacts with, either. She seems just as likely to “like” Jill’s content as she is to comment on Jinger Duggar’s snapshots.

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Her husband, Josh, however, is no longer active on social media. It has been suggested that Josh’s access to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook was cut off after his back-to-back scandals in 2015. The theory certainly seems to have some evidence to back it up. Josh hasn’t posted to Twitter since August 2015, right around the time he issued a public statement admitting he cheated on his wife.

Is the Duggar family getting along now?

Derick has repeatedly acknowledged a rift with the Duggar family. His social media musing in December 2019 was the first time someone had actively admitted all was not rosy within the Duggar family, even though family followers have long suspected that was the case. Does the fact that all of the Duggars follow each other on social media indicate they are mending fences?

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Probably not. The Duggar family has heavily focused on the public’s perception of them, and keeping up appearances on Instagram is one way to ensure fans think everything is going well. With a potential book deal for Derick and Jill’s interest in branching out, it seems unlikely that the couple will be buddies with the rest of the Duggar family anytime soon, even if Jill shows up in an Instagram post from time to time.