To put things into perspective, Snapchat was reported to have 150 million active users back in late September of this year. That positions Instagram Stories at having a daily active user base of around two-thirds of what Snapchat currently has, and although Instagram has technically been around quite a bit longer than Snapchat, those are still some seriously impressive numbers considering that Instagram Stories itself is just about 2 months old at this point in time. This shows that Instagram's dedicated user base was looking for a Snapchat-like addition to the photo-sharing platform, and when looking at how high the adoption rate for this feature has been so far, we find it pretty safe to assume that Instagram Stories won't be going anywhere anytime soon at all.
I played around with Instagram Stories a little bit the day it was launched, but since then, I've got to admit that I haven't touched it since. The feature works perfectly fine, but I just haven't been all that compelled to use it so far. However, when looking at these numbers and thinking about just how laggy the Snapchat app proves to be on my smartphone, it might be time to give Instagram Stories a second chance.