Today I want to talk about Instagram…
I have been on Instagram now for 5 years and I have always loved it. I love the creative side of taking and sharing pictures and I think it is a great platform to do this.
However, recently it has started evoking negative feelings in me whenever I go on it. I am a very competitive person by nature and with this comes the constant need to compare myself to others. Instagram is awful for this. I go on and then start to feel like I am not good enough after seeing pictures of all these beautiful people living ‘perfect lives’.
Maybe I am not following the right people, I don’t know. I just feel like Instagram is incredibly fake and it just doesn’t make me happy right now. I still love to post pictures but I find myself scrolling through the feed of photos less and less…
Today was one of those days where I ending up on Instagram for 15 minutes gripped and I just couldn’t pull myself away. But afterwards I felt so bad. It wasn’t just that I felt like I had wasted time, it was that I was there comparing my life to everyone else’s.
These negative emotions stuck with me for the rest of the day and it was only after sitting down to journal that I finally processed why I had been feeling so bad and uninspired today. It was all Instagram.
I acknowledge how Instagram and social media makes me feel and I am able to (for the most part) stay away in order to feel my best. I do feel concerned about children growing up with this such a massive part of their lives and them thinking it is all normal! It totally isn’t, and comparing our lives to others on the internet will only lead to unhappiness.
I have had weeks away from all technology and it always makes me feel so good about myself and confident. If I had my own way I would happily live in a monastery somewhere in the Himalayas without connection to the rest of the world and practicing yoga all day (this is what I day dream about).
Sadly that is not real life and connection is a positive thing. When we use social media in a mindful and empowering way then we really can change the world. I think we just all need to be real on it!
I would be interested to know what others thought about social media and Instagram especially. I have chosen to distance myself from it all these next few weeks and really be mindful when I use it so I stop evoking negative feelings within myself. But Instagram can be so inspiring and change people’s lives.
I don’t know what the solution is. Use it less? Delete it?
Little by little we can, together, change it into a platform for empowering humans and giving people a voice, instead of making people feel unworthy.
I chose to empower us all.