The dark side of Instagram

Even though Instagram is considered one of the most popular apps nowadays, where most of the younger generations find joy and pleasure being on it and are able to post highlights of their life as well as follow the beautiful lives of celebrities and other influencers, Instagram is not always what it makes out to be.
Many fail for the illusions this app presents. But what is this so called dark side of Instagram and what are the consequences of it?

As soon as one opens Instagram this person is confronted with all kinds of beautiful pictures.  Flaunting with expensive articles, enjoying vacations on exclusive resorts, eating healthy, having the perfect body and much more is quite common once being on this app.

People can go there to post about their life and what they are doing, communicate with others and of course, keep up with the lives of famous people.  
Even though that may sound harmless, Instagram often projects a false image to the viewers. Under the one billion users on Instagram over 70% is considered 34 and younger.
Meaning the majority of people is still quite young.

And what may start as a nice change from your common life can quickly ease into an obsession. Overall, 40 percent of U.S. online users aged 18 to 22 years reported feeling addicted to social media, according by Statista. Having a social media addiction means having the uncontrollable urge to remain on certain apps and keeping yourself up to date. This can easily consult into getting depression, anxiety, unhappiness, isolating yourself, having rushes of euphoria while being on social media, which immediately stops once this person gets off the platform. But not only can a person get addicted to social media but also with the ideas and ideals this platform promotes, including having “the perfect body” and living an often “luxurious life”.

People, especially young girls, tend to be quite naive and this doesn’t stop at body image, more precisely it is one of the most common topics young people obsess over.

They try to become this perfect version of themselves and showing their life from the best side, like they always see on Instagram too. Failing to realize that most pictures illustrated on this app are either photoshopped or staged. Genetics and/ or a lot of effort are being included into getting the perfect body. Many unfortunately drift up into getting, like already mentioned, addicted to this beauty ideal, which has been put up by society, and sometimes even getting an eating disorder or mental illness, including depression.

So, regarding the listed arguments above, being aware of the illusion of Instagram is beyond necessary in oder to not be fooled. Even though many pictures may be staged and not a hundred percent real, one can still enjoy the app, when realizing that this illustrated perfection does in fact not exist.

Written by Milena V. Meincke