Why you shouldn't take social media very seriously.

From being an active Instagram influencer with 25k followers to completely deleting all my social media account. Taking a year break and calling it social media detox.

This is what happened.

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When started, Instagram was an excellent platform for people to show their photography skills. We loved those crazy filters and that square format limitation was a way to challenge everyone.

Like everything, even Instagram started evolving. Now it was not only limited to a particular niche but to everything else. Whether you love fashion, traveling, tiled floors, or DIY ideas, Instagram has a hashtag and a community for you to indulge in.

It’s a great place to be, it brings people who share the same interests together, it doesn’t matter how many miles apart they are. It makes them feel known, heard, and accepted.

However, all this good stuff on Instagram or social media in general does comes with a great deal of pointlessness, nastiness, and comparison. Social media as a platform is currently a place where business happens.

The dose of dopamine after seeing likes and comments is addictive. When I started growing my social media presence, I started focusing only and only on ways to get more likes and followers. If you know me, then you know I love traveling. But the whole meaning of traveling and photography changed. I was more focused on perfecting that Instagram shot. Worrying about captions and hashtags. Constantly worrying about my social media image.

I was visiting some of the most exotic locations of the world, but I wasn’t able to grasp and live by the moment. All I was worried about was if this is “Insta Worthy”. How was this spot captured by another Instagram user?

Of course with all the above efforts, I was getting projects, was called for photoshoots. My photos were bought and featured by big brands.

Keeping a track of the analytics, ensuring that the post is published at a particular time, engaging,, and just trying to keep the ratings higher. All this and that but deep down I was getting more and more exhausted.

The entire process was making me exhausted. I was so focused on the likes and comments, that I started worrying, felt low and even got depressed after seeing the reduced engagement.

This and some other personal events happening at the same time were too much for me to handle. I knew I wanted help and I knew I had to do it right away.

The first thing that I did was I completely deleted all my social media accounts.

I decided I will take a complete year off from social media.

Here is what I learned and understood about social media, and I want you to know it too

1. Instagram Is Stopping You From Living Your Best Life

Have you ever spent time doing, seeing, or photographing something solely to post on Instagram? If you answered yes, you should know that you aren't alone. There are more than thousands of articles and videos on the web that tells people how they should use Instagram successfully. Such content creators are promoting what's called performative behavior. They are also encouraging the use or overuse of social media to the exclusion of everything else in life.

If you are running a business online, then following this advice makes sense. But if you are an individual who uses Instagram to share and surf through photos, then executing all those techniques and using the app as a tool is truly unnecessary. Businesses have to be careful when using Instagram to ensure they represent their brand right. But for the rest of you should never think that your worth is dependent on how you use social media or how many followers you have on Instagram.

Focus on living your lives to yourselves and not falling prey to the trap of planning activities so you can get attention online.

2. Comparison Is Stealing Your Happiness

Though social media channels like Instagram were developed to facilitate people from around the world to connect with each other, the reverse of it is actually happening. Instead of feeling the connection with old friends and new people, Instagram is indeed leading to loneliness, anxiety, and disconnection, especially among young people.

Loneliness happens to also leads to social anxiety—excessive and unreasonable fear of social situations. Social anxiety further leads to loneliness. However, loneliness can also lead to social anxiety and feelings of paranoia. To put it short, all of these can be thought of as a cyclical process that the young are more susceptible to, especially during the time of social media.

Additionally, Instagram also makes you fall victim to the 'Social Comparison Theory'—the human tendency to always compare ourselves with others across a variety of aspects like attractiveness, success, wealth, intelligence, etc. Instagram fuels this tendency of yours by enabling you to compare yourself with hundreds of others at the same point in time.

Constant comparison steals your joy and makes you feel insecure about who you are and what you do. During such situations, you should know that Instagram isn't real, and it isn't showing us the entire picture. In fact, you are comparing yourselves to the perfectly filtered and heavily edited lives of other individuals. And by doing so, you are setting yourself up for failure.

3. Instagram Is An Addiction That’s Bad For Your Health

Try asking people on the street to define addiction, and they would tell you something or all of the following.

· Powerful cravings

· Obsession or obsessive behavior

· Inability to control a specific substance despite knowing that it’s harmful

· Secrecy and denial of doing something that’s harmful

When we hear the word addiction, we often relate it to substances like alcohol or drugs and fail to notice the patterns of addictive behavior elsewhere. Surprisingly, experts state that using social media activates the same areas of your brain as addictive drugs like cocaine. This means that it is inevitable that social media channels like Instagram can ultimately become an addiction, at least for some people.

As stated earlier, social media triggers the feelings of social anxiety and the need for social reassurance. Hence, once it becomes an addiction, it poses a threat to both your physical and psychological well-being by interfering with your performance at work or school.

Putting It All Together

While you don’t have to quit Instagram or any other social media channels altogether as I did, but I just want to tell u to not take it seriously. Control your scrolling and double-tapping ways and make your life all about spending time and doing things with the people you love rather than taking photos to share with people whom you have never met and you probably never will.

Know that your physical and mental health is more important than your follower base. Switch off, and take time to live your best life. If your Instagram friends can't understand that, then they are perhaps not your real friends.

Remember Instagram or any social media platform was designed to be fun, to bring people together. Use it the way it was initially meant for. Learn new skills, share positivity, and spread important messages.

I hope you found this article interesting, do let me know what you think about social media and it's importance in our life.

Do you agree that we all deserve social media detox?

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