After my recent ~2.5 month break from it, I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy Instagram. Sometimes. In moderation.
I mostly enjoy keeping up with my favorite planning-related accounts, some of them brands. I like seeing new products and viewing how others use them.
I also like checking in periodically with friends and acquaintances, but honestly most of the people I really care about keeping up with do not use Instagram that much or at all.
I follow some influencers, but mostly get a very icky feeling about influencer culture. As in: once someone as ‘hit it big’ as an influencer they become entirely unrelatable to me. I don’t want to see someone raving about products they received for free.
And if I am not completely purposefully aware of the time I am spending on Instagram, it quickly spirals. I will start to fill every crevice of boredom (and there are many in my life) with a quick l’il scroll. It’s terrible.
Oh and I can’t stand Reels! It makes me livid that the ‘algorithm’ is prioritizing accounts with Reels. (For the uninitiated, Reels are these little movies with words in Insta. TikTok for millennials? There are exceptions, mostly for those who are gifted at acting/comedy, but I find most of them incredibly fake and painful to watch.
a) As above, I do enjoy some aspects. And I get some ideas and inspiration. At times.
b) I have a blog + a podcast and I would like to see these things grow (not to ridiculous unrelatable levels, but somewhat!)
c) I enjoy sharing visually some of the planning techniques I come up. It’s fun to get feedback from those who really get my obsession with making functional planning layouts!
d) I think I can reach a happy medium if I carefully regulate my consumption. I am back on the “less than 100 minutes/day of phone screen time” crusade (previously named #Operation100), because I find this is a level that works for me. As of now, I am allowing myself one Insta check in per day of no longer than 15 minutes. And I am making a specific place to track this/check it off n my planner! If I find myself regularly straying from that — well, I’m going to get off again. I do find that sustained breaks seem to take away some of the allure and pull, for what it’s worth.
So, there you go! Very curious on others’ thoughts and personal policies on social media.
(PS: I do not use any other social media platform. No Twitter, no Facebook, no Clubhouse. TikTok is tempting bu I know I could get hideously sucked in and I just feel that I do not need further temptations.)