I first signed up for Instagram in year 7, everyone had it! Those were the days of only using the oversaturated filters Instagram provided, bordered images, low-quality photos and overall a better time on there with way less pressure.
As the years went on, things started to get more serious. Followers started to matter more, 3 figure likes were essential, you had to look cool. Then people started making money and posting ads and all of a sudden you had to #doitforthegram. This is where the fun left.
Then the pandemic happened. About 1 month in, I was bored. No one was posting anything, I wasn’t doing anything worthy to post, it started to get boring. Suddenly it hit me – I don’t give a damn about what people post. Seriously I don’t. What’s the point in it? To show off and create a false narrative. That’s why I’d post. I admit it. I only post the highlight reel of my life to look like I have a good one. Why? To make it look better than it really is, to give a good impression to people like it’s all a competition. I remember doing #like4like when I was younger. Why does the amount of likes equate to my worth? They’re literally fake. They don’t exist in the real world. Why am I wasting my life on this app that means nothing to me? What outcomes will I get, apart from feeling shitty about my own life? Nothing. So that’s when I decided, for the first time ever, to have an Instagram detox. Only for a month, which doesn’t seem long at all but it’s the longest I’ve ever spent off that app.
It was way way way easier than I thought it would be. I started feeling way happier in my own mind and started doing things for an actual purpose and things I truly wanted to do with no worry of judgment. It was one of the best months of my life. I started feeling like I was living my life for myself and not showing off to people that don’t care.
After that month went by, I reinstalled it and once logged back in I wasn’t bothered about any of the posts. Of course, I care about what my friends, the ones I know personally post, but the others? People I’ve talked to once or twice, I really couldn’t be bothered. Are you? Think about it. Do you care about other people’s lives that much? I know I have my own to worry about. A few weeks passed and I hardly went on it, only to send some cute photos to my boyfriend rarely. It’s bliss.
If you’re feeling upset, going through some things, feel yourself developing a toxic mindset then I urge you to at least challenge yourself to not go on Instagram for a week at least. You will feel so much better. I understand you may not be able to get rid of it completely, I can’t either due to having to stay up to date with my university, but trust me going without it for at least a week is going to feel so good for your mind.
***From my old blog. Reposted for memories.