The False Perfection of Instagram

Instagram has topped the list as the worst social networking site for young people, according to a recent survey of nearly 1,500 people aged 14-24 in the UK.

‘Time for  selfie ‘, ‘Wait, don’t eat yet to take a photo for  Insta ‘, ‘What should I write under the photo?’, ‘Who saw my  stories  ?’, ‘How many  likes did  I get?’ … you remind something the above questions?  Who does not have an Instagram account nowadays? Even those who resist the temptation of Instagram and have not opened an account – yet – receive questions when in the now-common phrase  ‘How do they call you on  Instagram ?’  answer  ‘I do not have  Instagram .

 

 

How has social media (or social media) gained so much power and influence in our psyche and in our daily lives? Do you want the desire we feel for communication and connection but we feel uncomfortable pursuing it face to face? Do you want our longing to believe that there is a perfect life full of travel, ideal relationships, and friendships, delicious food, expensive clothes (the list never ends)? Do you want our deepest pursuit of acceptance, a sense of belonging, and affirmationWhatever the reasons, social media, and in particular Instagram, now play a leading role in our habits.

So while we ‘have fun’ through the photos we watch on Instagram and enjoy the coveted acceptance of others through the likes we gain, depending of course on how Instagram the photo we upload is, we miss how much negative influence we receive on a psychological level through engagement us with Instagram.

It is worth noting that in a recent investigation into the intimidation and the use of social media phenomena seemed young using Instagram have received intimidation ( bullying ) at some point during the use of 42%In fact, some of them later showed symptoms of depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, dropping out of school, and using drugs.

Instagram has topped the list as the worst social networking site for young people,  according to a recent survey of nearly 1,500 people aged 14-24 in the UK.

Indicatively, the following consequences are mentioned that occur as long as we believe that we just spend our time and ‘fool around’ on Instagram because, after all, everyone does it:

  • Narcissistic tendencies are encouraged as Instagram is based on the philosophy of the image, the image, influencing us to upload more and more photos with our face or trying to achieve the perfect ‘spontaneous’ pose. Have you ever wondered what would happen if we posted photos that show us sad or cry or without filters?
  • The difficulty of socializing with others up close is enhanced as we feel more comfortable meeting new people behind the ‘security of a screen and maybe encouraged to present a more ‘improved version of ourselves.
  • Our self-esteem starts to depend on how many likes our photos got, who saw the stories we uploaded and reacted with a positive icon, how many commented on what we have in our profile. This leads to our heterodetermination, that is, to building who we are based on how others see us and not to our self-determination, that is, who we are based on what the same people think of us.
  • New trends of concern are developing such as the so-called phobia that we will ‘lose’ something while we are not connected to Instagram and that various things are happening ‘there’ without us, known as  Fear  Of  Missing  Out  ( FOMO ).
  • We consume so much energy to project how perfect our life is, having taken 50 photos to choose the best one to upload, that in addition to wasting time from our real-life we end up leading to feelings of inadequacyNo matter how much we try to feel complete through how happy we look in our photos, how much we are in love with our partner, how many new clothes we buy, how many times a week we go to the gym, none of this will offer us the self-acceptance we crave as it springs from within us, not from external confirmation.
  • Phenomena of addiction in social media that are constantly increasing are observed nowadays especially in young people.
  • We get to the point of losing touch with reality as we give more and more space to the fake life of Instagram.
  • We expose ourselves and our loved ones to danger that we often do not realize by posting photos of personal information such as where we live or are on vacation and the faces of our children.

And what can we do to delete all our profiles and pretend that Instagram does not existOf course not!  Instagram is another challenge of modern life and technology as part of it. The best thing to do is to use Instagram with more awareness and prudence, to enjoy using it keeping in mind the reasons we keep an account there which are anything but an example of how we should live our lives.

 

As long as we take the time to learn what is socially acceptable and how we should live our lives through the false perfection of Instagram a real life is out there on the screens waiting to be discovered.

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