Instagram Worthy

Olivia Czarniecki, Staff

Instagram; a place where one can fully express, capture and shares one’s life with others. This is just part of the details given for what Instagram has put into the description for their app. Although the app is great for self-expression and self-identity, is our generation today feeling that they have to live up to the standards of an “Instagram worthy life”?

Losing the true meaning of self-expression and self identity or has it inspired and still been a key role for self-expression in many teens lives today. Senior Aislin Marban goes into detail about how Instagram has impacted her life “ Instagram has been a great outlet for me to share my love of makeup and to connect with people who have the same passion as me. It has also help my start up a small makeup business! But as the years have gone on with this app there has been times where I feel  pressured to post more or to live up to the standard of an “Instagram model” or “influencer”. I have to remind myself not to fall for that image because being unique in what i’m doing is what makes me stand out,” said Marban.

According to Royal Society for Public Health  eight-in-ten teens ages 13 to 17 say social media makes them feel more connected to those around them and although Instagram ranks as number four as the top social media app it still shows high numbers of mental illness such as anxiety, depression, bullying and the “fear of missing out.” Either way Instagram has it’s up and downs on how it affects people’s mental health. As seen with Marban Instagram has a positive way for self expression but can still affect how we view ourselves or compare our lives to others. Social media isn’t going away anytime soon but how we use it and how it affects us is all up to us.