THOUGHTS | The Instagram Debate

Saturday, 16 January 2016
We've all seen the articles, the tweets, the 'quotes' on Facebook telling us that those people on Instagram with all the pretty pictures and the smiling pictures aren't really happy. Yes, they might have a healthy (and photogenic) breakfast every morning, they might take a workout selfie on the coldest of mornings when you're still in bed, but it's all fake. They're lying, and they're causing you to have unachievable aspirations. Some of these 'instagram vs. reality' posts are in good humour, but others are actually pretty harsh and target popular instagrammers (mainly girls). The general theme is that it's dishonest to portray your life as perfect, when that's just not possible. If that's the logic though, where does it end? Is it fake to wear make-up? You don't look like that naturally, so are you giving people 'unachievable' goals? Is it really dishonest, to take a picture at a good angle to hide your double chin? Don't we all do that?

If we all took pictures of 'real life', Instagram would be a pretty boring place and it probably wouldn't be very popular at all. I'd rather scroll through a feed of good quality, nice-looking pictures than a photo of someones messy bedroom or microwave meal. Just like a lot of other social media, instagram is the highlights. 

instagram vs reality

If you feel inferior because your breakfast doesn't look as good as the one you saw on instagram this morning, I don't think the problem lies with the person who posted the picture. It's up to those who use the site to remember that it's a photography app, that you use by choice, and where you chose who you follow. You can't expect someone to accompany their morning selfie with a disclaimer to say that they haven't showered yet and still have morning breath, just to remind you that real life still exists.

In a world where social media is every day life, we need to remember that you'll never be able to control what you see. What you can do, is control what you take from it.

What's your thoughts on 'Instagram lives'? 








17 comments on "THOUGHTS | The Instagram Debate"
  1. I couldn't agree more with some of your points. I think everyone needs to be aware that they are only portraying a portion of their life. Normally the best bits.

    Interestingly my most popular article last year was on #LifeUnfiltered - http://coffeeandconfetti.me/blogging/lifeunfiltered/

    Fiona xx

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    1. Yep totally, the best bits make the best photos! :) xox

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  2. Well said Eilidh. I love the all the pretty pictures on Instagram and some people's life's really are that fabulous. xx

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  3. this sums up my opinions on this issue exactly. i feel it's up to us individually to control what messages we take from what we see on social media. it's not the fault of the person posting the snaps to instagram, it's society's reaction to them. great post x

    www.thedressdiaries.co.uk

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  4. I totally agree with you, sometimes it all gets really negative towards Instagram, and it's not the photo it's the people looking at it and what they take from it xxx


    BlondeOfCarbs

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    1. Exactly! If these people get their way then instagram would be awful - I'd rather see lots of pretty and positive pics on my feed xox

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  5. Im SO SO please you wrote this post, literally hits the nail on the head with what ive been thinking, definitely sharing this on my Facebook wall!

    Frankiebooxo

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    1. Glad you liked it Frankie! :) xox

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  6. I could not agree more!! X

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  7. But can we just take a moment to complain about all the sudden adverts?!?! Eh! xx

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  8. I don't see why people are causing such a fuss? I would have thought that it would be obvious that people aren't showing the bad sides of their lives - you're hardly going to post the ugliest selfie of yourself or a photo of the worst day of your life. People are just wanting something new to moan about.

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  9. My instagram is probably very fake - I only share the best bits from my week or the things that photograph well! But I'm okay with that and I take everyone elses with a pinch of salt too <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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  10. I wouldn't say Instagram being 'fake' is a problem, because it should be of no concern to the audience what a person does with the rest of their 'real life' day, as you say, it's a photography app so it's intended to be about the aesthetic.
    I think the issue with insta-goals comes when people spend so much time going after the perfect Insta shot that they forget to actually live and be present in their real life.
    But then, that's a personal choice and seeing beautiful pictures of other people's lovely breakfasts or travel adventures can be quite inspirational too.

    Roisin x
    roisinfarmer.co.uk

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  11. I love this post, I feel like many people aspire to be like the instagram famous people who have amazing photography of their outfits, lunch etc but thats such an unrealistic expectation xx

    www.adaliascloset.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Yes!! I keep seeing articles bashing instagrammers and it is so ridiculous. Like you said, those pictures are the highlights of their life. For instance, if someone goes on a fancy trip to europe, what pictures are they going to share with their friends in a slideshow when they come home? The good ones! And no one is going to say their trip was fake. That would be stupid.

    Thanks for this post! Your opinion is spot on :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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