My Views on Instagram and Other Social Media


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.

Author: fabulousfeministfangirl

Intersectional feminist and fangirl of many things, including The Voice, Broadway musicals, Glee, and Jane the Virgin.

4 thoughts on “My Views on Instagram and Other Social Media

  1. I can’t believe how you were ab

  2. This was a very moving “read”
    I’m really happy you were able to get in touch with your needs and find the right place for yourself no matter what others are thinking or saying …..That is real maturity

  3. AMAZING!!!

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