7 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Obsession With Instagram
In the crowded world of social media, one platform stands above the rest.
While Twitter is the ultimate place to find quick worldwide updates, and Facebook is the perfect way to stay in touch with family and friends, we're pretty confident that a social media battle royale would ultimately result in Instagram as the final champion.
Insta allows for easy life updates through stories, aesthetically pleasing selfies and the ability to find all your favorite memes in one easy place—what more could you want out of a social media platform?
But is it possible that you might love this photo-centric app a little too much? Keep scrolling for seven signs you have an unhealthy obsession with Instagram:
"Do It For the Insta" Is Your Life Motto
"Do it for the Insta" basically means that any ridiculous act is worth it if it results in a like-friendly Instagram post. We're not saying that living your life with Instagram on the brain is necessarily bad, but if you're dangling off the edge of a cliff just to up your Instagram likes, you might need to rethink your priorities.
You Close the App, Only to Re-Open It Immediately
We've all done it before—you're absentmindedly checking your social media accounts, you've seen everything new there is to see, you close out of the app… only to immediately click to re-open it again. You can blame it on the fact that you're not really thinking about what you're doing, but honestly if it's a muscle-memory reaction to reach for the Instagram button, you're probably spending way too much time on the app.
You've Spent Literal Hours Scrolling Through the Discover Page
The Discover page of the Instagram app is a black hole where motivations and priorities go to die. You just want to check if there are any funny memes you can send to your pals, and suddenly it's been three hours and you haven't moved from your couch. If you can't stop yourself from losing track of all time and space when scrolling through the Discover page, your Insta-obsession might be entering the danger zone.
You Prefer Insta Updates to Real-Life Conversations
Instagram is such a convenient way to keep track of friends, both old and new. Clicking through stories and dropping comments on posts are good ways to stay in touch with people you don't see every day, but they should never be a substitute for real-life conversations. Insta only shows bits and pieces of everyone's life, so it just can't be an adequate replacement for catching up with a friend. If you find that you start to prefer Insta updates to in-person conversations, it might be time to rethink your relationship with the app.
You Feel Anxiety If You Don't View Every Single Story
While we initially rejected the implementation of Instagram stories in favor of Snapchat, we have to admit the feature has definitely grown on us. It's nice to have all your photo content all in one place, but it also adds a whole new level of updates that you have to check every time you open the app.
Depending on how many followers you have, watching every single story can be a time-consuming task. However, even if you have 100 unwatched stories, Instagram is still just an app that shouldn't really have an effect on your real-life stress levels. If you have a growing sense of anxiety over your unwatched stories, it's probably a sign that you're a little too attached to the Insta app.
You've Spent Longer Than an Hour Trying to Caption Your Pic
Coming up with the perfect caption is essential to the success of your Insta. We totally get it, which is why we've set a pretty massive time limit before your behavior becomes obsessive. An hour is a lot of time to spend thinking about any one thing, especially a trivial little caption. Just think about all the things you could do with that time you're wasting on your Insta caption! Even if you come up with a perfect caption that racks in all the likes, you have to admit that over an hour to think of it is definitely obsessive behavior.
Getting the Perfect Insta-Worthy Pic Is Your Main Concern in All Social Situations
We have to admit, seeing those likes pop up on your Insta notifications is a pretty great feeling. It also feels pretty good to post a pic that you just know is fire. But if you're spending more time obsessing over your next Instagram post than you are enjoying your real-life activities, your behavior is starting to blur the lines of obsession. Not every event needs the perfect accompanying Insta. Sometimes it's better to set the phone aside and enjoy what's happening beyond the screen.
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