The toxic nature of Instagram

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The toxic nature of Instagram

A social media where people can choose whether they ‘like’ you or not – what could possibly be the harm in that?! There’s no doubt that social media has made us feel this way when we check it first thing in the morning like a virtual newspaper.

I would say Instagram is the only social media site that is yet to start burning out. Why? Because it is by far the most addictive. Even if you’re not posting pictures yourself, there are still hundreds and thousands to scroll through, double tap, and comment on. When you take a step back and think about it, it’s actually sad that people value their Instagram so much, and become obsessed with how many or how little likes they get for sharing a picture with the world – whether that be a selfie or a picture of a dog (don’t get me wrong, dog pics are the best kind of pics).

Thing is, we don’t even realise how much we depend on it until it’s not working, and we switch to other social medias to make sure its not just us, or when we have no WiFi and suddenly feel like we’re back in the 1950’s. Our whole world is slowly revolving around it and it’s scary. At what age will we stop using it? Will we be in our thirties and posting our child’s first day of school picture on it? Will we still be commenting ‘slaaaaay’ under our best friend’s selfie at the age of 50? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out.

But all that glitters isn’t gold; not everything is the way it may seem. No one posts the tears and the upset or the arguments, no one posts about the breakdowns or the daily struggles. The older I’m getting, the more toxic it is becoming and now there are bigger issues surrounding it that affect people. It’s the friend I have that edits her pictures to make herself skinnier, it’s the friend who deletes her pictures if they get less than 200 likes, it’s the friend who constantly hides behind a mask of smiling selfies to distract her from life. Next time you compare yourself to a photoshopped Instagram model, or complain about how many likes your picture got – just think, who actually cares? Try and take a step back, and try capturing moments in your mind mentally, not everything has to be done through a lens.

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