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 that 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 or I see other people’s feeds doing so much better than mine. Maybe that sounds a little pathetic, 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 for 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 to and not because we are trying to keep up with other people.
I truly believe a ‘like-less’ Instagram will 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 through any social media platform: no one – myself included – posts their bad times or their bad angles on social media. No-one has the perfect life, even if their Instagram ‘likes’ count makes you believe that they do.