The first word that comes to my mind when I hear the word Instagram likes is VALIDATION. I don’t remember how many times I’ve seen my friends crying about how they didn’t get enough likes on their pictures. I’m sure all of you must be familiar with it. Like Facebook wasn’t already leading to people especially the young generation feeling unworthy and having low self-esteem, Instagram was added to our lives in 2010. No, I’m not at all against social media. Don’t get me wrong. I’m against how some social media features are affecting our mental health.
The pros and cons
Like every coin has two sides, Instagram has its own assets and liabilities. On one side, where Instagram helps people boost their morale, helps in community building, making a self-identity, the other side includes FOMO. Yes. Fear of missing out. Which then eventually leads to anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
Ninety-nine percent of the people have a fake persona online. While browsing through the internet, I have seen actors and Instagram influencers who buy instagram followers bitcoin, falling prey to the online hosh posh and showing off their thin figure and abs while on the other side, they are having panic and anxiety attacks.