Choosing To Live More Authentically: Why I Deleted My Instagram Account
The Problem with Social Media
Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. We use it to connect, share, and stay informed. However, it’s worth acknowledging that there are also negative aspects to social media, including the pressure to present a flawless life, the constant need for validation through likes and comments, and the potential for cyberbullying and other negative social behaviors.
My Personal Experience with Instagram
As someone who has struggled with anxiety and self-esteem issues, I found myself constantly comparing myself to others on Instagram. I would scroll through my feed and see people living seemingly perfect lives – traveling to exotic locations, working dream jobs, attending glamorous events – and feel discouraged about my own life.
I also found myself constantly seeking validation through likes and comments, and I would feel disappointed if a post didn’t get as much engagement as I’d hoped. It became a vicious cycle of seeking validation, feeling disappointed, and comparing myself to others.
Choosing to Live More Authentically
After months of feeling unhappy with myself and my relationship with social media, I made the decision to delete my Instagram account. It was a difficult decision at first – I was worried about losing touch with friends and missing out on important updates and events – but ultimately, it was the best decision for my mental health and wellbeing.
Since deleting my account, I’ve found that I have more time and energy to focus on things that truly matter to me, like spending time with loved ones and pursuing my hobbies and interests. I no longer feel the pressure to present a perfect life, and I’m able to appreciate the small moments and joys in my life without seeking outside validation.
The Benefits of Living Authentically
Living more authentically has had a profound impact on my life. I feel more confident and self-assured, and I’m able to appreciate myself and my accomplishments without constantly comparing myself to others. I’ve also found that my relationships with others have deepened – without the constant need for validation through social media, I’m able to focus on building meaningful connections with the people in my life.
In our increasingly digital world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and disconnected from our true selves. Choosing to live more authentically – whether that means deleting your social media accounts or just being more mindful about your relationship with technology – can have a profound positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Take the time to prioritize yourself and your relationships, and remember that it’s okay to take a step back from social media if it isn’t serving you in a positive way.
Social media can have negative effects on our mental health, such as presenting a perfect life, seeking validation, and cyberbullying. The writer deleted their Instagram account after feeling unhappy for several months, constantly comparing themselves to others and seeking validation through likes and comments. Living authentically has allowed the writer to focus on things that matter, without the need for validation through social media. The benefits of living authentically include feeling self-assured and appreciating oneself and one’s accomplishments without comparing oneself to others, and building deeper connections with people. The writer encourages prioritizing oneself and relationships and taking a step back from social media if it isn’t serving in a positive way.