Instagram is an American photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010 on iOS and later on Android. The popular photo sharing app negatively impacts body image and sleep, increases bullying and “FOMO” (fear of missing out), and leads to greater feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Instagram was found to have the most negative overall effect on young people’s mental health.

Instagram has become a drug, a virtual drug which is much too harmful for us (for most of us who are not there for marketing nor influencing) but we can’t leave it or avoid it, because it has become an addiction. What do you do there? You post a “modified” or highly selective picture of yourself, you show that you are the happiest person in the world but inside you are dead, hollow, depressed and unhappy. When you are not posting your content you are watching others’ and specially of those who are superior to you. You watch celebrities, admire influencers, want to be like millionaires and it’s okay, admiring someone isn’t a bad thing in fact it’s good, but the problem is you compare. You always watch your superiors and compare them with yourself and then you feel sad because you are not like them or you just can’t be like them. This makes you unhappy, sad, or depressed, not instantly but gradually. Every day you watch it, you become less happy than you were yesterday.

The world is a large place which doesn’t matter what you achieve. There will always be someone who is doing better than you do, who is living a better life than you do, stop comparing them with yourself, don’t let them make you unhappy.

There are people in remote areas who have never been to any place farther than 50 miles from their home, they have never even used internet let alone leave the question of Instagram or Facebook or any other social media platform, they are not rich, some of them are not even middle class but they are happy. They are way happier than most of us. The main reason is that they have not seen the “marketed lavishness” on these social media platforms.

So stop comparing and start living.

Your friendly writer, Sire Aii.