Thursday, 26 October 2017

Thoughts on Instagram

I sent a couple of tweets out recently (probably not recently, time flies by) about how I find it funny that people curate their feeds.

I talk about it all of the time but this is the final year of my masters which means another dissertation. For my undergraduate degree, I was limited as to what I could write about as it had to fit with tutor's interests but this time, I have an open playing field.

You may roll your eyes but I'm sticking with mental health and eating disorders. My number one piece of advice for writing a dissertation is to pick a topic that you're passionate about because otherwise, you are really going to struggle. So, I'm exploring clean eating, Orthorexia, Anorexia and 'healthy eating' and how Instagram is playing a role in this.

I was just scrolling through the other day, and I found it amazing how so many people post pictures of food (mostly unhealthy), knowing full well they won't eat it. Hands up - I'm guilty as well. It's so easy to walk into a shop full of beautiful cakes, take a picture, upload and the world thinks you've had one.

I don't class myself as a 'good' Instagrammer but I was recently approached by a young girl who asked how I make my Instagram so aesthetically pleasing and I immediately had to tell her that it's not real. It's edited, curated and enhanced to make my feed just look pretty. I know this and I fully accept that Instagram isn't real but not everyone does. And, I'm not sure how I feel about being a role model for people knowing I filter the sh*t out of everything.

But then, if I want to keep up with Instagram as a social network, I have to curate my content. If you're like me, you don't go on there to see dull, dark and miserable photos. You want to see something beautiful and that's what I aspire to produce.

I'm essentially writing this to remind myself and everyone that Instagram is not always real. People don't necessarily do what they've photographed and everything is edited. If you're aspiring to live a filtered life, then know you're kind of setting yourself up for failure because it generally doesn't exist.

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