I am an Insta-addict! I joined Instagram around 5-6 years back and soon started spending hours browsing through the content. Over the years, the time I spent daily on Instagram has remained constant – averaging on 1.5 hours every day! During my MBA, when we hardly had any time since classes and submissions were so hectic – I’d still find time for Instagram, browsing through it in the middle of classes. I’m not on any other social media platform other than WhatsApp which I don’t really count as social media because it is more of a necessity these days.
So why did I like the gram so much and what has changed:
- I like photography and travelling. Instagram is the perfect platform to showcase your photos and tell your travel stories. I started travelling a lot over the past three years and it was a great platform to showcase the photos I took. Everything has changed this year – over the past few months, there has obviously been no travel – I don’t have much content to post but I feel this pressure to keep generating content.
- Before Instagram was taken over by hordes of influencers, Instagram had really good travel content. It was a great platform to help you plan your travel itinerary. Now with most people trying to be influencers – it has a lot more garbage and filtering through the hordes of nonsensical posts to find good content has gotten harder. If you go through travel pages – you’ll find the same content regenerated again and again by different bloggers. Eg: In India – you will find the same 4-5 Taj Mahal shots, redone by them bloggers.
- Till about 2-3 years back, Instagram was a great place to find outfit/fashion inspirations especially for special occasions like weddings. Now there is a lot more sponsored content. Also, following all these fashion bloggers acts as a trigger for people including me to shop more.
- Fewer people were on Instagram because of Facebook’s popularity. This meant that only people serious about photography/content were on Instagram. Now most people have moved to Instagram and Tik-Tok to post content which means there’s more content and the quality of content has fallen a lot.
After reading Kae’s post on her 30 day Instagram detox and spending a lot of time in the past few months on Instagram, I have finally decided to do an Instagram detox. I’ve tried doing this over the past two weeks – I’d delete the app only to install it after a few hours. So to be serious about this, I’ve disabled my Instagram account today morning. I have done 48 hours detoxes before but this time I’m going to try to detox for atleast 7 days. The goal is anywhere between a week to two weeks of detox. Here’s hoping I am able to do it.
Are you a social media addict? How do you manage the time you spend on social media? Any tips to get through the withdrawal symptoms?
Stay safe! 🙂