Today, I deleted my Instagram account. I’ve thought about doing it multiple times before. But this time was different. What was I really holding onto?
My feed started to fill with people I don’t even know. Mostly because I wanted to be polite and return the favor if they followed me first.
Another thing I realized is the ridiculous amount of time I spent on the app. Not just looking at my own timeline, but the popular page. And for what? It’s just pictures! Anytime I picked up my phone, I couldn’t put it back down without checking Instagram. I’m already noticing that I’m less attached to my phone and it hasn’t even been 24 hours.
Social media allows us to constantly compare ourselves to others. Especially on Instagram. Longing for what other people have. Wishing your hair was as perfect as hers. I didn’t want to live like that anymore.
I love this quote by Zen Shin that says, “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” The time you spent comparing yourself with someone else could’ve been spent getting you one step closer to your own goals. In short, Instagram redirected my focus to be counterproductive.