Don’t lie. You are probably guilty of arranging your food on your plate to translate nicely on your iPhone camera. You have probably changed your outfit after scrolling on Instagram, realizing that you’re not just dressing for the people around you, but also the people that follow you on social media. Our sense of community has extended beyond our real-world perceptions and now simultaneously takes place on the internet.  

It’s not news that we are constantly being warned about the health effects caused by our screen addictions. A multitude of studies have been published about Instagram and mental health or scrolling and insomnia—and that’s just skimming the top.

Living inside our phones has altered our reality to become an extension of our social media feeds, begging the question: is this a good or a bad thing for our society?

Overall, we have curated our real, every day lives to be camera-ready at any moment. From our morning coffee and perfectly messy bun, to our gym routine, and even the notebook we use at work–everything must translate to the “Instagram aesthetic.”

It can be argued that this gives off a false sense of reality, blurring the lines between social media and the gritty truth we all experience #IRL.

At the same time, if Instagram is the venue that pushes you out of bed in the morning to document your walk through the park or a trip to a museum—isn’t that a good thing?

Instagram has inspired ages across different generations to travel a little bit more outside of their comfort zones. In a sense, the “Instagram aesthetic” has given way to a whole new perspective on the world.

Through this wonderful photo sharing app, we are able to learn about new destinations that we never would’ve dreamt of visiting. It exposes us to bits and pieces of culture from emerging artists that we wouldn’t have found without access to hashtags. A stream of constant motivation comes through from fitness influencers who can personally train us through their Insta Stories.

And let’s not forget the community that Instagram has brought together. A plethora of strong figures continue to encourage us to live our best lives, support each other, and speak our truths. It’s through this app that we are able to connect with like minded souls that we would’ve never crossed paths with #IRL. Is the differentiating factor whether or not these virtual connections transition to in-person experiences?

So, we’ll leave it up to you: Is Instagram enriching our society through exponentially increasing the rate of connections we make on a daily basis or is it forcing us to uphold a fundamentally flawed aesthetic when we honestly all know better?

Don’t lie. You are probably guilty of arranging your food on your plate to translate nicely on your iPhone camera. You have probably changed your outfit after scrolling on Instagram, realizing that you’re not just dressing for the people around you, but also the people that follow you on social media. Our sense of community has extended beyond our real-world perceptions and now simultaneously takes place on the internet.  

It’s not news that we are constantly being warned about the health effects caused by our screen addictions. A multitude of studies have been published about Instagram and mental health or scrolling and insomnia—and that’s just skimming the top.

Living inside our phones has altered our reality to become an extension of our social media feeds, begging the question: is this a good or a bad thing for our society?

Overall, we have curated our real, every day lives to be camera-ready at any moment. From our morning coffee and perfectly messy bun, to our gym routine, and even the notebook we use at work–everything must translate to the “Instagram aesthetic.”

It can be argued that this gives off a false sense of reality, blurring the lines between social media and the gritty truth we all experience #IRL.

At the same time, if Instagram is the venue that pushes you out of bed in the morning to document your walk through the park or a trip to a museum—isn’t that a good thing?

Instagram has inspired ages across different generations to travel a little bit more outside of their comfort zones. In a sense, the “Instagram aesthetic” has given way to a whole new perspective on the world.

Through this wonderful photo sharing app, we are able to learn about new destinations that we never would’ve dreamt of visiting. It exposes us to bits and pieces of culture from emerging artists that we wouldn’t have found without access to hashtags. A stream of constant motivation comes through from fitness influencers who can personally train us through their Insta Stories.

And let’s not forget the community that Instagram has brought together. A plethora of strong figures continue to encourage us to live our best lives, support each other, and speak our truths. It’s through this app that we are able to connect with like minded souls that we would’ve never crossed paths with #IRL. Is the differentiating factor whether or not these virtual connections transition to in-person experiences?

So, we’ll leave it up to you: Is Instagram enriching our society through exponentially increasing the rate of connections we make on a daily basis or is it forcing us to uphold a fundamentally flawed aesthetic when we honestly all know better?