Some of you look at the title of this article and think to yourselves "What is a finstagram?" The rest of you are looking at this and thinking "Why is she talking about my finsta?" So obviously there are the people who use finsta and then there are the people that I don't.
Finstagram, or finsta, is almost like a secret society on Instagram where you can create a parody of your own Instagram account, which is almost always referred to as your rinsta, or your real Instagram. Your finsta handle is normally a phrase or word that sounds very similar to your name and it is often comical. The average finsta contains posts that you would never post on your rinsta for the reason that the picture is either too embarrassing or too awful, and they are typically followed by a caption where the user talks about their day, something funny that happened, or complain about the world and those around them.
It sounds fun, right?
Well, sometimes they are humorous and fun to have, but, like any other form of social media, people ruin it.
I had a finsta because I noticed all of my friends had one and I wanted to see what the hype was about. I would post about how school was stressful and how much I loved my cat. I would even post the awful pictures of me and my friends that we would never be caught dead posting on our rinstas. It was fun for awhile, I'll admit; but then it became everyone's personal diary and a way of hating on other people and that's when I got fed up with finsta.
I understand that there are people out there who like to express their feelings through social media, and I am not demonizing them in any way; often times, I express my own feelings on Twitter or Snapchat. But when that's the only thing your finsta consists of, is it really finsta or is it your diary that you're just letting everyone read?
The primary reason I stopped going on my finsta was because of all the negativity that began filling my timeline. All I ever read and saw was people who were complaining about their lives and how much they hate other people, and it never really added up to who they acted as when they were around others.
Now, I'm not saying that everyone uses finsta negatively; for all I know, it could just be the people I follow. But if we kept finsta as the humorous and pure form of social media that it was originally thought of as, then we would be spreading positivity rather than negativity.
I'm all for seeing hilarious drunk videos and the selfies that just weren't appropriate for rinsta. I would love to read about the really weird dude you sat next to on the bus and what you did the entire day even if it was really pointless to type out. But what I don't want to see is how much you hate everyone around you or any first-world complaints about your life.
So please, find another way to get the negativity out that isn't on social media for everyone to see. Yes, your feelings are important; but there are better options to vent or let it all out. Finsta is supposed to be silly and and fun, not negative and annoying.