As a woman in her early twenties, it’s really easy to see why everyone feels drawn to Instagram. It’s all about capturing moments and posting them online. It’s all about the looks, about vanity: the perfect summer body, the perfect room, the perfect house, the perfect sunset, the cutest cat, the perfect smile, the perfect outfit of the day, the perfect theme… it’s clearly about perfection and about rubbing it in everyone’s faces. When we all see that, we want that. Our brain tells us that such perfect things are possible in life and that if we do “things right” we can also have that. But that is a lie! Why? Because we try to recreate something that is not real: we just don’t realize how fake all those pictures are.
Take the “I woke up like this” selfie for example. You woke up, you turn on your phone and you try to take a picture. Of course you’re gonna look like hell without makeup and using your frontal phone camera, I don’t know what you were expecting. The ugly thing is that we probably don’t ‘look like hell’ but we think we do because we don’t look like that selfie with the 20,000 likes. We never realize that those “domestic selfies” are probably taken with a professional camera, with the girl wearing professional makeup and with a little help of 4+ hours of hard work on Photoshop.
Also, it seems our lives revolve around it. We go out to eat and we first take a picture of our dish to upload it to Instagram instead of just tasting it because if there is a chunk missing it isn’t perfect anymore. We hang out with our friends and we pose for the camera as if we were having the best of times, instead of actually having them. We upload everything and we see the reactions: how many people saw it, how many of them liked it, etc…
Instagram is an unhealthy competition where everyone is competing to see who has it better: Who looks happier, who looks thinner, who goes to the most beautiful place and gets the perfect picture… And all of the sudden you start to think about your life as an Instagram theme. And the worst part? It doesn’t even make us happy. We are not capturing moments like in the old times when we would take a picture to cherish it in the future. Now we take a picture so we can share it with the world and let them know how happy we are and how perfect our lives are.
In an era where looks are everything, Instagram comes as a dangerous weapon in this unhealthy fight.
So tell me, what are your thoughts about Instagram? Do you feel the same? What are those Social Networks that you think are damaging us the most? Do you think I’m overreacting and it’s not that big of a deal? I would love to read what you think in the comment section below!
See you next time… bye!