Staying Positive in an Instagram Era
Perfect is hard to come by, right? Not on Instagram. All too often we are surrounded by edited images with unachievable looks. It’s hard not to compare the life of Instagrammers to your own but, here are some tips to change your perspectives!
Search body-positive hashtags
Instagram makes it easier than ever before to communicate and build relationships with people from every corner of the world. Spend your time seeking out body-positive hashtags and accounts. Some examples include #nofilter, #womensupportingwomen, #bodypositive, #noedit, and so much more. When you search, you’ll find that Instagram has pocket communities that are filled with real people supporting one another. It’s awesome!
Understand that celebs have a team behind most images
Kim Kardashian? Always flawless! Just keep in mind her, and the Kardashian-Jenner clan always have assistants, makeup artists, hair stylists, and more in-toe to ensure they always look their best. Imagine if you had your wedding day team on call for everyday life! In reality, we have jobs, responsibilities, and families that take a priority in our lives. Don’t get caught up in celebrity posts; they have some help making it possible!
Know how to spot filters and photoshop
Too good to be true? Almost always. Knowing when photos have been heavily edited or filtered will give you a better Instagram vs. life comparison. Edited photos sometimes are deeply saturated or unnaturally colored. Photoshopped photos tend to create distorted lines of objects in the background. While Instagram was designed to enhance modern photos, understanding that filters were used makes your whole experience a lot better!
Realize fake accounts exist, everywhere
The beauty and curse of Instagram is you can hand-select, edit, and upload images to your liking. Unfortunately, fake Instagram accounts are all over the place. Forbes outlined that thousands of fake accounts are set up every day. A good rule of thumb for detecting these accounts - account is relatively new (less than three months old) and have a high-following with almost no engagement. It’s not fair to compare yourself to a robot!
Share what you love!
The best part about Instagram is the freedom to share what you love. It could be your pets, family, job, healthy lifestyle, or anything else that makes you -- you! Your account can reflect whatever you want. Use filters, don’t use filters. Just make it your own.
Follow accounts that make you feel good
Instagram is filled with communities of users who will like and support your passion. All you need to do is find them. For starters, Instagram has massive fitness and healthy living accounts. Style and beauty, artistic design and, music fall within the other top topics. But don’t get discouraged! A lot of users are just focused on building better relationships with family and friends through images. You can do it too!
At the end of the day, Instagram is an awesome tool for sharing our lives. Don’t let fake images and unreal expectations ruin your experience. Want to learn more about our passion? Follow our blog.