Instagram is a well-liked social media app initially made to share footage and movies with family and friends. In accordance with apptopia, it was the fourth most downloaded app in 2020. Though the app first began as a enjoyable method to share footage along with your family and friends, over the previous few years it has morphed into one thing a lot totally different.
Instagram has now grow to be a social media platform stuffed with “influencers,” Facetune and filters. Now not is it a enjoyable place to share recollections. As a substitute, it’s grow to be a cesspool of comparability and competitors to see who could make their life look as good as attainable.
I personally observed this transformation in posting. I bear in mind again round 2013 once I first downloaded Instagram, it was actually enjoyable. I posted no matter footage I wished with out caring how I appeared or if others would discover it cool or not. And that is just about what everybody on the app did. It was actually for your self, family and friends to see.
However this steadily modified. Individuals started solely posting what would get a variety of likes, which was primarily posed footage the place every little thing was FaceTuned and filtered, whether or not or not they have been truly having fun with themselves or the place within the image. As a younger teenager, I began doing the identical. I solely posted issues that I believed appeared completely good, that others would double faucet on.
Due to this, the app grew to become quite a bit much less enjoyable. I grew to become obsessive about taking the proper image (though it wasn’t good till I edited every little thing in regards to the image) to submit on Instagram, solely to delete it if it didn’t get “sufficient” likes, or didn’t look equivalent to what the influencers have been posting.
Finally, it simply wasn’t enjoyable anymore, it was truly the exact opposite. It made me really feel terrible about myself and my life.
As a substitute of posting “within the second” footage or simply enjoyable recollections, I posted one image out of lots of taken that have been completely posed, edited with filters and FaceTuned to match society’s concept of the “good physique.” Due to this manner of posting, Instagram has grow to be a breeding floor for low shallowness, comparability and judgement.
Nonetheless, many individuals need this to vary.
Not too long ago, the motion to “make Instagram informal once more,” has grow to be very fashionable. Many individuals need Instagram to return to the way it was, simply posting random footage and recollections with mates or stuff you discover fascinating, with out the strain of getting to make your life appear “good.”
The purpose of constructing Instagram informal once more is to encourage folks to start out truly dwelling their lives as an alternative of simply making it appear to be they’re to their followers. To go someplace as a result of it could truly be a enjoyable method to spend your time, and never simply because it could make for a great Instagram picture. To attempt to truly dwell your finest life and never simply attempting to make it appear to be you’re to your Instagram followers.
I slowly have been making this transition to posting extra casually on Instagram as an alternative of hyper specializing in whether or not each facet of the image appears to be like “good” or not. As a substitute, I’ve been posting folks, locations and issues that make me completely happy, and never insanely modifying them to look good, regardless of what different folks would possibly consider them.
Whereas it was tough at first to consider what different folks would possibly consider the random imperfect footage I used to be posting, it slowly grew to become enjoyable. Now, it is actually enjoyable to submit one thing that I discover fascinating, and do it for myself as an alternative of for others.
If you end up always doing issues simply because it’ll make a great Instagram image, or modifying that very same image to the purpose the place it’s unrecognizable simply because it should get likes, as an alternative of really making you content — I’d advocate attempting to submit casually on Instagram, for your self. Whereas it might sound bizarre at first, you would possibly end up truly dwelling as an alternative of simply posting prefer it.