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.

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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4 Shows To Watch To Become A More Sex-Positive Person

There is almost always something to learn about sexuality, and it is always important--even when something seems strange--to listen, try to understand, and accept it.

We all know why it’s not okay to call a woman a slut or something similar, and even in jest how calling a friend a slut can be harmful. We know that it’s not okay to impose ridiculous dress codes on women and girls, as a response to men who are unable to conduct themselves professionally. We all know about the double standard that exists for the sex lives of men compared to the sex lives of women or of other humans who identify differently.

This all falls under the category of what's called sex-shaming. Sex-shaming also includes the reinforcement of harmful heteronormative stereotypes, or the intent to make a person feel shame for their sexual activities. There is almost always something to learn about sexuality, and it is always important--even when something seems strange--to listen, try to understand, and accept it regardless of whether you're able to understand it. Even if you find yourself unable to understand, that's okay, as long as you can remember that your individual experience is not universal, and just because you don't feel a certain way doesn't mean that no one else does or should.

Sex-shaming is everything that sex positivity is not. And sex-shaming is great at hiding itself in everyday conversation. It often comes in the form of heteronormativity, which is the perpetuation of traditional monogamous heterosexual relationships. Sex-shaming lives in the places where it’s assumed okay for two women to have a close friendship but not for a woman and a man to have a close friendship. It lives in the places where married men won't eat dinner alone with women, like our Vice President. It lives in the places where people cringe at the idea of open relationships, or diverse sexualities. Because of the traditional way that our society is structured, it often requires effort to think outside of the sex-shaming and heteronormative structures that are built into our daily lives.

Here are some entertaining ways to cultivate sex positivity:

1. Watch "Broad City"

"Broad City" is a show about two young women living in New York City. It provides an unfiltered perspective of what it is like to be a confident and sexually active woman.

2. Listen to "Savage Lovecast" with Dan Savage

"Savage Lovecast" is essentially a sex advice column in the form of a podcast. There is a free, new episode every week, which starts off with one of Dan's political rants. Then Dan will listen to callers and respond to their questions about sex and love in a judgement-free and sex-positive manner.

3. Watch "Bojack Horseman" on Netflix

"Bojack Horseman" is an animated Netflix original series. It pairs humor with existential dread. But the most sex-positive part of the show lies within the character Todd, who (spoiler alert), comes out as asexual at the end of Season four.

4. Watch "Big Mouth" on Netflix

"Big Mouth" is another hilarious animated Netflix original series that explores puberty so honestly that it's almost painful to watch. It leaves nothing out, which makes it relatable. At the same time, that means it consistently reminds the viewer that thinking about sex is completely normal and not something to be ashamed of.

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