I hope some of you can relate to the title of this post, but I have a real love/hate relationship with Instagram!
Some days I love it and I’m posting on the daily, but other days I really just can’t be bothered or some days, it just gets me down.
I suppose the reason why I hate it muchly is because it shows a portion of your day, the ‘perfect’ gram shots, the ‘perfect’ life that people aspire to and look up to. The whole ‘influencer’ culture.
I miss the days when you would just post a photo without thinking twice about it, without thinking of a catchy caption or a long winded essay.
Not only this, the low engagement on my grid really gets me down, but why should I care? It’s only ‘likes’.
On stories I get 300-400 views on each one and when I get 30-50 likes on a post I’ve taken the time to carefully create, but reaches 300+ people. Of course you’re going to go down a downwards spiral of feeling like people dislike you and your content. Or maybe they just can’t be bothered to take a moment to double tap.
I also find just ‘scrolling’ through your feed hours upon hours of your day isn’t good for your mental wellbeing. Aspiring to have the life others have with their perfectly curated feeds and thousands of followers. But does this shit really make you happy? Will having 30k followers make you happy? The answer is probably not, because it’s NOT real life.
Yes it’s nice to have a bit of a following – I have 2.7k on Insta and I’m proud of my small following. People will follow you cause they take interest in your life and your grid. But truth be told, Instagram won’t be around forever, something new will come along, the likes of ‘Tik Tok’ for example. Anyway, my point being, followers don’t make you happy, it’s just a number at the end of the day.
Whenever I have these down days, I take a break from the gram for a few days. I think it’s important to reflect and enjoy your ‘real’ life away from what can be a slightly toxic social media platform. Though, I do get social media anxiety, especially being away from Instagram, the FOMO is real.
However, having said that, I do love the gram for connecting with others, for having a visually pleasing feed, for people to ‘laugh’ at your stories for being silly with your partner and pup. I also love finding inspiration from fellow bloggers and other content creators (such a wanky term I know). I love finding new things to buy although my debit card doesn’t agree.
I don’t quite know how to summarise this post, apart from thank you to you, yes you! Who read my blog and let me pour my heart out from time to time. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my blog, it gives me so much joy. Any who, that is why I have a love/hate relationship with Insta.
I’d love to know how you feel about Instagram these days? Do you still use it?