After 18 months, I have decided to put on hold my “game” with instagram.
Game of engaging, creating content and looking at growing stats (That’s the most fun!). 3 most important reasons are as these:
- 💉Addictive - They employ whole bunch of people to make this thing addictive. Instagram monetizes on ads, which means that they have a high inerest in me spending more and more time here. And I was... - ⏳Time - I have spend (lost) approximately 330 hours on instagram (40 minutes a day). That’s 41 working days. If I could move back in time I would have never allocated this much time to watching picture... The opportunity cost is WAY too high.
- 😑Self-esteem - somewhere… gently… very gently… my self-esteem got screwed up. I notice only after it was very bad. The fact that instagram is the worst social media for our psycho is already proven by science. But the changes are so subtle that is hard to notice on a daily basis.
I tried to persuade myself that by being on instagram I can stay in touch with my friends. But the trust is that I am in touch with the closes people anyway. And knowing what somebody had for lunch didn’t make the relationship deeper. Nor did the fact that they could see all the places I have visited when traveling.
Other thing is that for long time I have thought that I was playing on Instagram - making steps to gain new levels of “followers”, enjoying when friends commented on my posts etc.
It was like a game… …and I felt that I was winning!
I realized... ...that instagram was PLAYING ME.
Sucking me more and more …
That’s why I leave with this this mind:
[Joshua, an AI - after playing out all possible outcomes for Global Thermonuclear War] “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.”