From scrolling through my main feed and stalking people, to watching all the stories, it provides me with countless ways to pass the moments in between; but it’s also given me a massive complex.
Dear Instagram, I love to hate you and I hate to love you. Signed, Juanita.
Yep, you guessed it, it's the age-old story of social media affecting the youth and destroying their confidence along with perceptions of reality, but it’s just so damn addictive. The likes, the numbers, the notifications. I've grown up with it and now I just can't help but want to be on it. I spend forever scrolling through staged perfection, filling my head with all the #goals, some of which I don't even want, knowing that there is SO much effort that goes into the single solitary post. But at the end of the day, we do it for the ‘gram.
THEMES AREN’T FOR EVERYONE…
Some people can naturally have a theme and maintain it, I am not one of them. I’ve tried and failed many times and have decided I need to not take Insta so seriously. The most I do now is have the same filter on my posts so they all have the same mood, but I’m not killing myself to keep it a certain way.
CLEANING UP VS FROM THE BEGINNING.
My Instagram following has never been high, and I’ve never really put in much effort to try and grow it, so cutting my losses and starting from scratch wasn’t exactly the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make; so I did. Although I kept my original account active and just didn't use it, I still kept getting tagged in things and it wasn't long before I was back to using it again. So I went through, archived all the posts I just wasn't feeling anymore and have picked back up where I left of with it. Logically it makes more sense, since I've actually taken the time to think about it, besides I can always delete / archive everything and change my username if I really wanted to.
IN TERMS OF WHO YOUR FOLLOWING…
Simply unfollow the people who you don’t want to follow, and follow the ones that you do. We have a weird relationship with Insta and seem to be afraid of hurting people’s feeling by unfollowing them. It’s really not that deep. Oh and if you like someone and their feed hit the follow button; the following : followers ratio is really not that important!
THE ARCHIVE BUTTON HAS ITS PERKS…
Scrolling back through my old insta I had some posts that I really just wanted to get rid of, and yet I just couldn’t bring myself to hit delete because they’re memories. But everyone stalks on Insta and there are some photos and posts that justtttt don’t need to be seen by others. This is where the archive feature comes in; removing the post from your main feed but still being accessible to you.