Social media. Our use of it can affect how authentic and how honest and true to ourselves we really are. I have written about this topic before on my blog and I’m going to write about it again.
I have been ‘instagramming’ for four months now. It’s been exciting, fun, hard work and really difficult all at once. I have been so lucky to work with brands and companies receiving gifted items and creating content has been so enjoyable. For the most part, my social media experience has been positive so far.
Two mornings ago I woke up and logged onto Instagram. For the first time I had a feeling of dread. I knew I was going to spend the next fifteen to thirty minutes scrolling through my feed, engaging on pages and in comments and I just didn’t want to do it. It felt like a chore. But I just carried on as normal and posted my daily photos and engaged with my feed. Mistake.
It took me a couple of days to really decide that actually I wasn’t happy with doing that anymore. I wanted to engage with content I truly loved and creators who I know by name and who I can chat with in the comments section. Queue the cull.
There are so many reasons to create content and lots of people use the platform in a positive way. However, there is such a dark side that no one seems to really chat about that openly. If people on Instagram tell you they don’t watch their followers count like a hawk, they are lying. I have had numerous chats on Instagram with lovely ladies about how it has affected their mood, their mental health and actually what is all that for? Honestly the feeling of your follower count increasing is great but not at the expense of your day-to-day reality and your happiness.
So what’s my point? My point is that we should be doing less scrolling and more living. ♥️