Let’s talk about Instagram. Today, not really about its metrics or reach, but this time about its impact. How we as a tech-savvy society present ourselves on it.
We tend to post regularly with updates from our lives for the “benefit” of our friends, family, and even strangers.
What we choose to share is, more often than not, well thought out; carefully taken selfies at just the right angle and with the perfect lens. We share our accomplishments, our proudest moments. Our followers can enjoy all of this in the beautiful hue of one of the several filters we can choose from, because why not.
There is no way we are sharing those bad hair day photos, those not-so-great vacation shots or our other shortcomings.
We are in control of how we want to be perceived, so we put forth this persona – a heightened sense of self.
Scrolling through Instagram, I came across an Instagram account. Basically, your typical pretty IG influencer account – filled with selfies, Fashionnova outfits, and flat tummy tea ads. My favorite was the “new necklace but really just a close up of my cleavage” one. But her tagline was what stood out. She was honest. Her tagline was “This is how I want you to think my life is like”. SLOW CLAP. Now that’s interesting, that’s real. She gets it.
But what does that mean for the rest of our popularly-unpopular generation? Is this actually going to make us be the better version of ourselves that we present to the world? Or is it just going to make us crazier and less productive with some internal struggle between our real selves and our “official” selves?
There is a certain danger of all of us losing the grasp on what is real and what is filtered, processed – make believe. We could be missing out on our own lives, as ridiculous as that sounds, prioritizing sharing above experiencing. You know what I’m talking about, taking selfies at the historical landmarks and monuments instead of just enjoying the view or recording your favorite song on your phone while you’re at a concert instead of just listening.
We’ve all been there to some extent.
I don’t know how we’ll fare as a generation. We’ve gotten our fair share of criticism recently, some of it legitimate, some not. We’ve got our strengths and weaknesses just like any other generation and despite contrary belief, we did not arrive at this reality on our own.
Just some food for thought.