I Deleted Instagram For One Week And Here's What Happened

I Deleted Instagram For One Week And Here's What Happened

It turns out I'm more addicted than I thought.
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Thinking about Instagram for too long makes me overwhelmed. An app that thrives off the indulgence of vanity doesn't seem particularly appealing, but Instagram actually has a whopping 700 billion monthly users as of April. And yes, that number is definitely growing. Occasionally, I become incredibly aware of how much I use social media apps on my phone and subsequently vow to calm down. On September 4th, I took it to a whole new level: I deleted the app off my phone.

I figured I would try and answer a simple question: Am I really addicted to Instagram? I set boundaries for myself: no Instagram for a week. It was a social experiment, and a cleanse, of sorts. Below is the documentation (kept in the Notes of my phone) of the days that followed:

Tuesday, September 5th: Day One

Here we go. I am becoming increasingly self-aware of my addiction to mindlessly scrolling. Hopefully, I will get over this quickly and I will feel good about myself in the coming days. Right now, it's not looking so good.

Wednesday, September 6th: Day Two

Okay, this is actually HARD!! Who knew? Actually, everyone knew, which is why when I asked all my friends to join me in this experiment they all vehemently opposed. My biggest problem is that all my apps moved around and now I keep clicking the Netflix app by accident because that's where Instagram used to be! Also, I just want to look at pictures of my dog on Instagram because I miss her. But I can't. What have I done to myself?

Thursday, September 7th: Day Three

The hardest part of my day: Realizing I can't finsta. Seriously, this was extremely difficult and upsetting for me. Also, I wanted to stalk a girl's page on Instagram and obviously could not. That's probably a good thing and likely saved me a lot of wasted energy and anger. Maybe I can actually last until Tuesday!

Friday, September 8th: Day Four

All I wanted to do while waiting at the nail salon was scroll through Instagram and I couldn't. Devastating, really. I took some really cute pictures of my friend with some ice cream and I really want to post it. This is called real self-control. Okay, update for the day: I am giving up. In the final minutes of my cleanse I am reflecting on these past few days by admitting that I am addicted to social media and it is honestly difficult to live without it.

Well, there you have it. I tried to delete Instagram for a week and completely failed. Like totally, utterly, completely failed. I couldn't even last four full days. I got my answer, though. Yes, I am really addicted. Are you? See how long you can last without your favorite app on your phone. If you can last more than four days, I commend you!

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Why Cheerleading Is Definitely Not A Sport

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If you've ever participated in cheerleading, you're all too familiar with how "easy" and "pointless" it is. After all, any activity where skirts, pom-poms, glitter and bows are utilized surely can't count as a sport, right? Let's take a look at all of the reasons why cheerleading is definitely not a sport.

1. Tumbling is effortless.

Tumbling is honestly so easy that you could do it in your sleep. It clearly doesn't take years and years of practice.

2. Stunting is not a skill.

Yeah, stunting takes zero talent whatsoever. I'm sure these cheerleaders don't spend hours every single day working on their flexibility.

3. Injuries never happen in cheerleading.

Because cheerleading is so easy, you really don't have to worry about potentially getting concussions, breaking bones or even becoming paralyzed.

4. Cheerleaders aren't athletes.

Cheerleaders have no reason to be strong, fast or flexible at all. You simply go out on the field, smile and twirl around.

5. There are no male cheerleaders, and it's only for females.

Men aren't able to tumble, stunt or jump. Having them on a cheerleading team would be nonsense.

6. Cheerleading doesn't create a sense of teamwork or bonding.

I mean, these people aren't actually best friends. It's not like they save each other's lives every time they toss someone up 15 feet into the air.

Based on these very true facts listed above, you really can't call cheerleading a sport. It just doesn't take as much hard work, patience, determination and teamwork as all of the real sports out there in the world. When will those crazy cheerleaders learn?

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Confidence And Help With Your Problems Go A Long Way

It's only figured out if you can make it figured out.

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No one likes to be challenged and no one likes having to face the pressure, but life is full of endeavors that will make you work. While some people have no problem with dealing with obstacles head-on, others struggle with them and refuse help when offered it to them. They tend to get lost and confused with no clear direction on how to overcome what is holding them back. Your highest self wants you to grow, change, and succeed, but that's only possible with confidence.

Most of the time, people tend to be faced with the same problem reoccurring over and over again. That results in them losing motivation and they lose sight of a potential lesson to be learned. This leads to people becoming frustrated, irritated, and depressed.

That's right: this article is another factor of depression.

What happens to those who are not confident in their challenges? They get a sense and feeling of powerlessness, like they are trapped within themselves and want to escape from reality instead of dealing with their problems head-on. More often than not, it makes them feel shameful because of all the problems that someone is dealing with.

Whether the problems one faces are drug problems, alcohol, depression, family issues, or even suicidal thoughts, there is always help available. Asking for help and recognizing you need it can make people feel ashamed and embarrassed, but sometimes they refuse to admit they need help.

That is when denial comes in and that only deepens their internal wounds even further. Sometimes, people can go too far with their reluctance of help and they believe that no one can help them. Their confidence and image of themselves eventually become so low that there is only one solution to them: ending it all.

The first step to building confidence is recognizing that you need help to begin with. By recognizing the problem right away, you are able to come out of your cycle and then can identify a way to do something about it. The cycle of depression and help refusal is something that you cannot come out of unless you help it yourself.

By getting help, your problems start to diminish and your confidence builds because now, you have advice on not only what your problem is, but ways to get out of it. People go from not being hopeful at all that they can overcome whatever it is that is holding them back, to feeling they can deal with anything. This is where the people who can overcome obstacles come into play.

These people have all the confidence and all the determination that they fear nothing. Their will to work and goals set for themselves drive them to let nothing stand in their way and will not tolerate anything less than getting a goal accomplished. If people could be more like these people, just imagine how depression can be handled today!

Maybe sometimes it's easier to run than face all the pain, but never facing the heat and getting the help will do more bad than good. After all, you need some confidence to get far in life right?

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