To Be Instagram Free

To Be Instagram Free

The causes and effects of my Insta-hiatus.

Allison Pericles

So, if you follow my Instagram (or, followed), you may have noticed that it doesn't exist anymore. Like many things, I deleted Instagram on a whim. Well, not exactly a whim. I decided to delete it on the Sunday morning before my EOC tests that week.

Instagram is a magical black hole filled with stuff to get you distracted and keep you distracted for hours. Whenever I went to study for something, I found myself on Instagram for 30 minutes to an hour before actually hunkering down and retreating to the less magical black hole of homework. Even still, I would find myself taking Insta-breaks that lasted longer than the time it would actually have taken to finish my homework.

Since middle school, Instagram was THE place to see what others were doing- your friends, favorite celebrities, and a fair share of dogs who had more followers than you. It's very easy to rank popularity based on an Instagram account. The most popular kids at school had 1,500+ followers and hundreds of likes on their photos. Of course, that planted the seed of worry in some people.

"What if my photos aren't good enough?"

"That didn't get enough likes. I have to delete it."

"Is my ratio of followers to likes uneven?"

I am certainly not suggesting that Instagram is a competitive social media platform and that we must be concerned about these things, but in my point of view, social media apps like Instagram are supposed to be fun. Don't get me wrong, I know there are people who still have fun connecting with the world on Instagram! However, people get so caught up in likes and comments and followers and timing their next post perfectly that they sometimes don't have fun.

I deleted my entire account almost two weeks ago. Will I ever make another one? Who knows. I will say that since it's been only two weeks, I haven't really noticed any change in my academic performance. But, as a result of not letting myself get sucked down the Insta-hole, I start my homework earlier and get to sleep earlier. Plus, I feel less pressure to lay my life out ever-so-perfectly in front of other people.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

I was never really big on cocktails. Tequila soda is always a go-to drink for me because of its simplicity and, to be honest, lack of extra calories from mixers chock-full of sugar, chemicals, and other unknown ingredients. I like tequila, and like to be able to really savor it.

This all changed when, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine made me a margarita from scratch — no funky mixers involved — and it tasted incredible. It was light, refreshing, and complemented the tequila without overpowering it.

Keep Reading... Show less

I was blessed with thick, full hair up until my late teens. At the time, I cursed my hairiness — this was before full eyebrows became trendy or cool, and were instead a point of bullying many of my fellow full-browed teens can relate to.

Later in my 20s, hormonal stability was something I was thankful for, though a major side effect ended up being hair loss — on my head, lashes, and brows. I now find my filling in my brows on an almost daily basis. As much as I enjoy toying with and testing out different brow-filling products, it'll never be quite the same as being able to have "I woke up like this" full, Gigi Hadid-esque brows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month, A Reminder We Need Even More In Quarantine

You're going through something brand new — that's worth talking about.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This isn't new to 2020, but oh man, if we ever needed a reminder about the importance of mental health, now is the time. With different states all over the place in regard to stay-at-home orders, phased reopenings, and a "new normal," we're experiencing conflict, fear, changes, and unknowns that can easily trigger mental struggles we already have or spark feelings we've never had before. Yes, May is always Mental Health Awareness Month, but in quarantine, that need for positive mental health is taken to a whole new level.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone is LOVING "Outer Banks," as you've probably heard. And if you haven't caught the hype for the show yet, these articles will definitely give you a taste of what you're missing.

If you already have seen and fallen in love with the teen heartthrob crew, you need to get on board with some of these theories for season two!

Keep Reading... Show less

These 11 Face Masks On Etsy Support Small Businesses While Fighting The Spread Of Coronavirus

We're staying safe as states start lifting lockdown guidelines.

I, like most people who have had the luxury of being able to stay at home during this time, haven't spent much time outdoors at all. But when I do brave the great outdoors for a walk or to get to the grocery store, you won't find me without a mask.

My family and I were lucky enough to have family friends who were sewing some and had extras to give to us, but most of my friends and loved ones outside my immediate family have had to order some (or make a makeshift one out of scarves or bandanas).

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Reasons We're Using Quarantine As The Ultimate Excuse For Online Shopping This Month

The one thing we haven't distanced from is our bank account.

Throughout quarantine, I've been FaceTiming most of my friends in a full turtleneck or the go-to cozy sweater I keep wrapped around the chair in my room. Either way, I always have tea in my hands to keep myself warm — till this past week.

For most of the country who hasn't had the luck of quarantining in 90-degree weather on their family's lake house or with a backyard pool, things began to change this month. Our favorite shows came out with summer seasons, the sun came out, and we started spending more time outside.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments