A short summary of my views on Instagram would be as follows:
Instagram is like communism. It seemed like it would be a good idea in theory, but in practice, it doesn’t work out so well.
From my own personal experience, I was an Instagram addict. I owned a fanpage for The Voice (surprise, surprise), and every spare second I had, I was checking my feed, giving my friends shoutouts, finding new pictures to post, making new edits, blah blah blah. I would spend hours upon hours on that stupid app. I only realized how bad this was when the friends I met on Instagram started to get sadistic. There was this trend called #Confessions, and the vast majority of them were: “I self-harm and I plan to kill myself.” Every picture everyone posted had a caption like: “I cut myself until I can’t bleed anymore,” or, “I don’t understand why I should keep living on this planet.”
Because of that, I started feeling really down all the time. I felt awful that while some people were fighting for their lives, I was doing fine. This sadness affected me a lot, and my doctor told me to get off of Instagram because I was starting to get depressed. So, without hesitation or knowing what would happen next, I deleted the Instagram app from my iPod.
It has been almost two months since I’ve deleted Instagram from my phone, and I am not only a happier, more carefree person, I feel like I am a better person to my family, friends, and the world around me. My world used to revolve around what happened in a world that didn’t matter in real life. Now, I open my eyes every morning, and I don’t think about how many likes my last post got, or how many shoutouts I received. I think about what I can do to be a better daughter, cousin, friend, student, writer, dancer, actress, singer, and friend. I read books, and I am more focused on my schoolwork. Most importantly, I know that life doesn’t happen on my iPod. It is what happens all around me.
I am now working on only using Twitter and Facebook for professional uses and not for personal enjoyment because really, there are very few long-term benefits of social media.