I absolutely love Instagram… well 70% of the time.
The other 30% of the time it can test my own mental health, and at 32 I really would have thought I wouldn’t let social media affect me, but unfortunately it has done, it can do, and it probably always will do.
Instagram as much as I love it, can sometimes feel like a popularity contest and can sometimes give me waves of anxiety when I glance into other people’s lives and or I see other people’s feeds doing so much better than mine. And maybe that sounds a little pathetic, it probably is but I cant help but feel that way sometimes when I am putting a lot of effort into trying to grow my Instagram to then look at my insights and see my account is reaching hardly any of my followers.
But I do wonder, when did we all become so obsessed with our ‘likes’ on Instagram? When did that become important? and when did that prove how attractive or interesting you are?
You don’t have to look very far into the internet to see the negative effects this ‘like’ culture is having on a lot of young people, with more and more reports saying the rates of depression, distress and suicidal thoughts have risen significantly since the rise in social media, but with this new concept of taking the likes away now being tested in certain countries, could this be the answer?
I think so, I myself cannot see any negatives from taking it away.
I truly believe this will help us all to become a lot less thirsty for approval and more mentally sound. Hopefully we will actually start to post just because we want too and not because we are trying to keep up with other people.
I truly believe a ‘like less’ Instagram will only benefit everyone that uses the app, because getting approval from other people in the form of likes and comments should not be at the top of anyone’s agenda.
After all, no amount of likes or comments from your friends or even strangers should validate your self-worth and they most certainly will not help you to love yourself if you do not already.
One thing to remember when you’re scrolling any social media, no one, myself included posts their bad times or their bad angles on social media. And no one has the perfect life, even if their Instagram likes makes you believe they do.