Aspiration once ruled the picture-based platform, but users are starting to treat the social media app more like Twitter and Facebook.
By now, most people are familiar with the bad tendencies Instagram encourages: self-absorption, stalking, pastel-pink blandness. Two recent works—a novel, “Sympathy,” and a film, “Ingrid Goes West”—take this as their subject.
Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing, according to a recent survey of almost 1,500 teens and young adults. While the photo-based platform got points for self-expression and self-identity, it was also associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying and FOMO, or the “fear of missing out.”
Essena O’Neill, an Australian teenager, quit Instagram and called it ‘contrived perfection’. The Guardian asked several young women about the pressure of the social media platform and how it affects their digital and personal lives
“Kayla Itsines single-handedly makes me hate my life.”
Since when did getting likes determined just how liked you are? When did your self-esteem and self-worth become so contingent on your popularity on social media? How many times do you check your Instagram after you’ve posted it, longing to see the little heart on the bottom flash orange?
Insecurity, FOMO, and the other unfiltered harms that everyone’s favorite photo app can do to you.
YOU are NOT your Instagram photos, and your Instagram photos does NOT define YOU. No matter how few followers/likes you have, you are just as valuable + amazing as any other Instagrammer with millions of fans!
“It’s hard to not compare yourself to other people when you’re being bombarded with these images that are so curated and so perfect”
Psychologists give their top five tips for using the app.