Should we all delete Instagram?
The question I ask myself everyday …. “Should I delete Instagram?”
I have been reading multiple articles recently about what consistently using your Instagram truly does and what it means for your mental wellbeing. I think when we think of living an unhealthy lifestyle we think about minimal exercise and eating fast food. Yet, what about our mental wellbeing? How do we think our brain handles seeing everyone’s best lives every 2 minutes on Instagram. I will tell you from personal experience, NOT WELL PEOPLE!
We are human beings who love interacting with each other but when do we draw the line? Especially when there are filters now literally called the beauty filter. That cannot be good for anyone’s self-esteem. We must ask ourselves if this type of interaction has turned disingenuous and has come to enable a culture of unattainability?
Sticking with the theme of blogging, I read a great post by Travels of Adam called “How Deleting Instagram for 30 Days Saved my Sanity” and I thoroughly enjoyed his take on the app and how it effected him. He talks about how Instagram was showing him people’s lives and showing him how they were having such a great time while he was sitting at home, scrolling endlessly. This is the reality for most of us. We see our friends and family out doing what we wish we could be doing. Yet, when we are out doing something exciting, we continuously post so others feel how we did watching their content. It is a vicious cycle that is very easy to fall into.
Another great point when it comes to deleting Instagram is that we are living our life centered around a screen and virtual validation. Jessie Dax- Setkus wrote an article outlining the 5 reasons to delete Instagram and she quickly dives into the toxicity of living your life behind a screen. Are we truly living in the moment if all we are worried about is how many likes we are going to get on our recent photo? We are just waiting for virtual validation and I think those of younger generations are allowing silly numbers like how many likes they get and how many followers they have, affect their self-esteem and self-worth. We are not meant to be validated like this, we are not meant to have access to others approval 24/7.
All of that being said, and one great point that Travels of Adam focuses on, is that if you delete Instagram you are really out of the loop. People share funny trends, funny videos, concert announcements, events etc. If you delete the app, it might be good for your virtual presence but it could affect your physical presence as well. I can also acknowledge that Instagram can provide updates on your friends and family that you want to see, not all of it is to seek approval.
I battle with this question a lot, “Should I Delete Instagram?”. The truth is, yes I probably should. I have thought about it for awhile and it is probably the healthiest decision for my mental health. Will I do it right now… probably not! However, I do see it in my near future.
What do you all think? Do you think you should delete Instagram? Do you want to? See my poll below!
Instagram…. good or bad for the psyche? Check out my blog to see if we should all delete Instagram and go back to the stone age of good ol’ face to face interaction. bit.ly/2TU7ZEA
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