Why I’m Quitting Instagram
The short answer to why I’m quitting Instagram is simple, I desire more time to create and connect via other outlets. The long answer? It’s a mix of business efficiency, and personal feelings on the subject of perfection.
The Business Part
Instagram is perhaps the most difficult social media outlet to respond to comments, and I’m a responder. I love to chat, and instagram does not provide a conducive environment for authentic connection. Can it be done? Absolutely. Is Facebook easier and more efficient? Yep.
The Feelings Part
The truth is, we get enough “real life” in our daily routines. When we scroll through instagram, we’re looking for an escape. A polished, bright, colorful escape. But what if that escape is causing us to feel badly about our own lives? Studies show that while we may feel as though it’s an enjoyable experience, all of that perfection could be doing some serious damage to our self esteem. This article quoting young girls was an eye opener for me.
The above photo is my desk today, it’s a hot mess. Most days it really is actually clean, because it’s much easier for me to work when everything is organized. The rest of my house? Messy the majority of the time. Guess what? Most people’s houses are. Most of us have piles of laundry, and baskets of clean clothes that need to be put away laying around. But your brain wouldn’t register that if all it’s seeing is pretty picture after pretty picture all the while reminding you that you have a list a mile long of things to do including maybe squeezing in a shower if you have time. Maybe just recognizing this is enough to dismiss any feelings of inadequacy? Everyone is different.
This subject has been discussed ad nauseam online, and because of that, I’ve subconsciously dismissed the conversation all together. Blah, blah, blah I get it.. Social media bad, real life good. But, how do I really feel?
People don't want "real life". We desire authenticity, but real life isn't always pretty and when it comes to social media, pretty is king.
— Lindsey Riel (@lindseyriel) April 12, 2016
That doesn’t mean I don’t admire those perfect feeds, because I do. It takes a LOT Of effort and creative energy to curate a perfect instagram feed. If instagram is someone’s outlet, and they enjoy it, I think that’s pretty darn fabulous!
So, that is why I’m quitting instagram. Never say never, who knows, but for now? I’m pretty excited to delete that app and get back to devoting more time to the pretty darn cute design facebook page.
What about you? How do you feel about instagram?