Instagram is a place where we share important events, ideas and pictures that occur in our daily lives. It is a self-expression and representation of who we are or who we strive to be. Some of us put so much thought or detail into a single post ensuring that we achieve the most likes or comments about how good we look, others use their platform to gain recognition on an important subject or matter that is dear to their heart, but at the end of the day, Instagram is a social media outlet for us all that can come with many pressures, stressors and insecurities. Constantly comparing ourselves to another human being and wishing we had their hair or body type, or wishing we had as nice as a house as one of the home decorators we follow, or better yet simply wishing for what others had and not focusing on what we have and loving it is not the way we should be living our life, as we only have one.
Instagram affects our self-esteem in so many ways. We constantly feel like we need to live up to the lifestyles of those we follow online, as well as stress ourselves out when we see others online doing things that we may not have the means or time to do so. I’m curious what your thoughts are on this matter. Has your self-esteem ever been impacted by Instagram? To be brutally honest, mine has, many times. I have been guilty of looking at pictures of models, obsessing over my body and panicking over why I don’t look like them. I remind myself, when I get this way, how different our bodies, hair, and facial structures are from one another, and that it’s within us that is what really counts. Below are a list of other ways I strongly feel Instagram affects our self-esteem:
- Lack of sleep from spending too much time on Instagram which can cause us to feel exhausted, unmotivated and unproductive which can also alter our moods.
- Body shaming- seeing our ideal bodies on other people that we wish we had can cause serious self-esteem issues, and can even go to the extreme of having an eating disorder.
- Negative thoughts- the fantasy land of Instagram can cause us to have negative thoughts about our own personal life and relationships because we tend to see things that seem “better” then what we have.
Below is an article that discusses how Instagram can affect our mental health. Read through and let me know if you agree with what this article says. Anxiety, depression and many other mental health disorders are what can arise from too much Instagram. Do you believe this?
These are just a few ways Instagram affects our self-esteem and there are so many more. There is something Instagram did recently which I think may be beneficial to all of us. Instagram disabled the like feature on peoples photos and videos. People tend to get caught up in how many likes they have on a photo thinking it defines their status and popularity, and many people have been affected hugely by this because it makes them feel unpopular or worthless, so Instagram listened to the complaints and removed the option which I thought was fantastic. What do you think of Instagram doing this? Do you think it could help make a change like I do? Please feel free to comment in the comments section what you think about Instagram and whether or not it is affecting our self-esteem. I would love to hear your feedback!
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