Instagram is one of the hottest and most well known social media networks. According to the Hootssuite blog, nearly "one billion" people use Instagram every month. But lets admit it: Instagram is popular and there's no need to ponder to hardly about why that is. For one, the social media site has gained popularity because of its platform. Most celebrities use it, and it allows people to stay in touch and fulfill their personal wants to post pictures, and tell their stories. But little do people know that Instagram in particular is taking over our lives.
It all starts with creating an account, having few followers starting out. To get over this problem, we perform the give and take by following several people and unfollowing them once we get what we wanted. The followers. You see this is one composite about Instagram that can hav people hooked. It draws you in, and makes you think that the more followers you have, the more loved you are. The more people are interested in you. Thats just how it is. Now for the ones struggling to get more followers, in their mind, followers is the key to success, love, and fulfillment. If the goal of having more followers isn't met, we get frustrated, or lose hope, and unfortunately let ourselves down and allow ourselves to be defined by numbers. We think that in our mind the more likes the better we feel.
Nowadays if people were asked which sex is pressured on Instagram, im positive the results would come back very close in numbers. But i feel like females are pressured more. I say this because not only do we convince ourselves that we sometimes aren't good enough, we take pictures and compare ourselves to others. We spend minutes if not ours taking photos, in particular thirty maybe forty photos, flipping through them just to find the perfect one; filtering them and preparing ourselves to look top-notch for the gram. In reality, we become addicted to peoples approval of our appearance. I can admit i have experienced this, and experience it everytime i post a photo. It's a problem, and i couldn't imagine people not feeling this way. As humans, we want approval. We want that surge of endorphins.
Now you may be asking what is Instagram disease. Since there's no websters or google definition, i will explain it for you. Instagram disease is a figurative disease that has also been further researched to be qualified to possibly be added as a mental disorder. It is a drive to feelthe utmost approval of users on IG, with the amount of likes and followers. Instagram disease is so commonly popular, and for the people that use it, were oblivious to the problem. It keeps us hooked pretty much, coming back everyday for more. If we dont aware ourselves about the problem it is causing us, it could lead to anxiety, depression, and a breakdown of our own acceptance.