So yesterday I finally pulled the trigger on something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now – deactivating my instagram account. I’ve had a public profile on Instagram from 2010 (since the app was launched!) and it became my favourite social network right off the bat. I used to share with abandon and enjoyed the community that Instagram gave me.
Over the last few years, however, I saw some gears change – Insta, which had been my stress buster slowly started becoming a source of stress – both in terms of the content I was putting up (was it insta ‘worthy’?) and the feedback I was receiving (some nasty, some creepy, some intrusive, some downright crazy). It was like I had some invisible responsibility as a person with a public profile and a ‘large’ following and slowly, my instagram account ceased being just mine. It didn’t help that I became more private as a person either. Random photos became basis for judgement and my messages inbox became a virtual septic tank. I’ve been called an idiot, told that I was rubbish, that I am infuriating my readers (please don’t read if my blog makes you angry. You deserve happiness) and some other delightful things – normally I’d ignore this shit but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that just processing this takes up mind space and given that I already have very little, it would be criminal to waste it on the words of people I don’t even know.
Having said all of this, instagram did give me some wonderful friends, great conversations and more than a few goodie bags, and for that I will always be grateful. But for now, I am free!
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