why i quit instagram12:53:00 PM
I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but last week, I deleted my Instagram account! (I still need to edit my social media button to the right - haven't had a chance to yet!)I did it for a few different reasons, and, having been a week without it, I thought it might be a good idea to write about the whole experience and why I decided to delete my account.
On the other hand, Instagram is a breeding ground for envy, vanity, self-promotion, and deception. As you can see from the photos I've pulled from various accounts I used to follow, it's easy to create the idea of the 'perfect' life via Instagram. Instagram is overrun with lavish meals at expensive restaurants, emaciated girls with long, tanned limbs, flawless selfies, picture-perfect children, drop-dead gorgeous locations, designer clothes, and more.
I love taking pictures and documenting my life (hence, this little blog), but Instagram has taken this phenomenon to an entirely new level. It sometimes feels like if an event or experience hasn't been documented on Instagram, it may as well not have happened! There are even Instagram 'celebrities', models who have hundreds of thousands of followers, with photo-after-perfect-filtered-photo of themselves making up their accounts. Is that normal? And, regardless of normal, is it healthy?
body-positive movement, for example), I know that it's too easy for me to get sucked into an account that will leave me feeling bad about myself, despite knowing full well how FAKE Instagram is. It's easy to lay out a bunch of beautifully decorated donuts on a marble counter-top while wearing crazy-expensive Cartier bracelets (because, why WOULDN'T you do that???). What you don't see is that same person throwing them into the trash immediately after. It's easy to get a good selfie when you've taken 888 different photos before getting the perfect one. Instagram is all filters! Filters for your photos, filters for your life.
I hope that one day I can go back to Instagram and not feel like sh*t after scrolling through my feed.