Kendall Jenner “quit” Instagram this week, explaining she wanted a detox and a bit of a break.
Where did I hear the news? On Twitter.
It got me thinking about the dependence on the internet, on social media.
More and more you hear of people wanting to do a “digital detox”. Many a time I’ve deactivated Facebook only to come crawling back less than 24 hours later.
I’m guessing 90% of you wake up and the first thing you do is scroll through Instagram or check your emails.
Technology has developed and we’ve become so immersed in the online world that it’s starting to take its toll.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the internet. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to do my job for a start.
But there’s days when I find myself comparing my life to everyone else’s.
Our minds can become so clouded with the apparent flashy lives of other people we start to think negatively of our own.
We mask these feelings by posting our own photos of the amazing weekend we had with our amazing group of friends. When in reality, it was a mediocre weekend and you felt a bit left out with the group of so-called friends you haven’t seen since high school.
We feel the pressure to keep up an immaculate Instagram theme full of crisp, white backgrounds and perfectly positioned flatlays.
I found myself feeling stressed trying to keep up a theme and if a picture didn’t have the exact same tone as the others, that was it. It was the end of the world.
We are getting consumed by these pressures and the desire to feel “accepted” due to the perfect white theme or the oh-so-spectacular crystal clear waters in the background of your candid on the beach.
I’m not saying completely delete all traces of the 435 photos on our feeds, but I do feel we all need to just take a day off every so often. Wake up one day and instead of reaching straight for our phones, go for a morning stroll or read a book and think about the day ahead.
Maybe it is time to take a leaf out of Kendall Jenner’s book and take a step back.