Growing up when social media wasn’t really a thing is something that I am grateful for. Gone the days of having a flip up phone where you would panic tremendously if you even clicked on the internet because you knew it would eat up your credit, and you’d rather text your mates than surf the web. I’ve discussed my struggle with social media in a previous post, where I talk about how difficult and triggering I find it in relation to my mental health. Wherever you seem to go everyone’s on their phones. Out for dinner, and they are al placed on the table, in the gym, in the hairdressers, at work. The list is endless. But are they going to stay an addition to our lives or are they going to be necessary in a couple of years?
I definitely have an unhealthy relationship with Instagram. Not the type where I can’t seem to leave it alone, but the type where opening up the app sometimes gives me so much anxiety. Stupid isn’t it? Gone the days where people are taking selfies on their Motorola Pebble and wanted more than 10 likes so a number would appear on their post instead of a list of names. The soul-crushing nature of the app is that no matter where you look there’s always someone that is skinnier, prettier and doing better than you. But who is actually at the top of this food chain? Like is there someone that is actually winning in the Instagram age? Do the 10/10’s also feel the same way that we feel? Are they jealous of people? The answer is yes. In life we all want what we don’t have do we really need an app that is going to taint our lives s much?
Research that was carried out in 2017 showed that Instagram is the worst social media for your mental health of young people who said that it made them feel loneliness, insecurity, and a negative body image. How can an app that is used by millions of people make us feel s isolated? The swipe up option, which is only available for people that have 10k followers just shows the divide of audiences that use the platform. When do you become an influencesrs? Surely anyone can be as long as you have a load of followers? It’s no longer about content anymore. it’s all about likes and engagement, and that is why I’m wondering if Instagram is even worth it?
I’ve recently made some changes to the way I use social media. Although it is a platform for you to have a voice, I feel more muted than ever. Whatever opinion or view point you have whether it’s political, social or personal, you can almost always find yourself attacked. About two months ago I turned my Instagram notifications off as I would always be checking to see if anyone had liked my pictures. Doing this was probably one of the smartest things I did, and something that I will continue to do.
Although I find Instagram negative and un-engaging these days, I know that for my content to succeed that I need to carry on using it, which really does suck. I want to encourage people to be more real on the gram. More stretch mark photos, more outakes, more emotions, because if we don’t head in that direction, I feel that the future of platforms like this will spiral downhill.
What do you think? Let me know below x