Instagram, seems to be growing in popularity every single day, and there are studies that indicate that Instagram posts are seeing a higher interaction rate than Facebook which in itself is all the more telling. Instagram, like every other social media site out there, comes with its own negative effects. Here’s to taking a closer look at some of them.
Addiction: Some users find it hard to refrain from checking their Instagram every half hour; Instagram sites like every other social media site is equally, if not more addictive. If you happen to be one of those who cannot go more than a few minutes without logging into Instagram, then chances are high that you are indeed addicted to the same. You may need to consult a specialist to overcome this addiction.
Self-esteem: If you happen to use Instagram on a daily basis and the main event of the day happens to be when you react to Instagram posts, then you know you have a problem. As with all social media sites, it’s all about peer validation; if you find yourself reacting more to others posts than remain aware of what’s happening around you, then chances are high that you have a low self-esteem. This is why you need to make sure that all your online interaction is limited to the bare minimum and no more than necessary.
Depression: Social media sites like Instagram can make you aware of the fact that others lead a fulfilled life than you do at the moment. This realization can make you feel depressed and if you do not take effective measures, then you may develop chronic depression along with its associated health issues.
Loss of productive hours: Being addicted to sites like Instagram can lead to a loss of productive hours when you could have better utilized the same and put it to good use. Sure, you may get a few likes, may even have followers but at the end of the day, all of that does not matter in the real B&M world. For example, you could have picked up some new skill and beefed up your CV in all the time you were busy being engrossed by Instagram posts.
Sleep deprivation: If you are addicted to Instagram, then chances are that it has been a while since you had slept soundly. Sleep deprivation is one of the symptoms of addiction and if the same situation continues unchecked, then this could well lead to your health being impacted in the long run.
These are some of the negative effects associated with Instagram, and while no one is claiming that Instagram is bad, being addicted to it can even impact your health permanently. One of the effective methods for cutting back on Instagram is to develop a hobby or take part in a strenuous physical activity. That should do the trick and in a matter of a few weeks these should help wean you away from using Instagram all the time.