Soo… For those of you who don’t know, I have deactivated Instagram. Its been over 2 months now.
At first my friends weren’t aware about this. As soon as they found out they bombarded me with questions like – Why? What’s wrong? Why? Are you okay? What is the problem? Why? Do you have exams? Whyyyyy?
So I thought maybe I’ll write it here once and share this post with everyone. So that they will know once and for all – why I did it. (Also my post will get lot of views :p)
Here’s the why – because I wanted to. Because it didn’t make me happy anymore. Because it was becoming addictive. Okay quick question – does it sound like something someone says while breaking up? Oh my!! Did I break up with Instagram? Nah! We will get back together when I want. 😉
After deactivating my account from Instagram, I had following realisations –
1. I don’t need to stay updated about what everyone is eating and where they are going and what they are doing. Surprise! I can still survive without knowing that everyone has an amazing life than me. (Okay I’m being mean.. towards myself).
But seriously, I feel at peace now. No need to constantly check my phone. No need to be updated with unnecessary updates. I know people are doing fine. And for the people that really matter to me, I can just call them and catch up anytime. So even this is a new way of living – calling people to get updates. I mean who calls these days? Me.
If my friends phone rings these days, its me. Calling them to remind them I’m alive and we can have a chat. So 1990s. But guess what? Its better. MUCH better.
It actually feels good not knowing the little details. They just used to take up too much space in my mind. Now it feels really peaceful to not know stuff. Which is ironic because most of the people (including me) don’t want to leave instagram because of FOMO.
Here’s a little secret – FOMO disappears within a week or two. What follows is peace.
2. You get wayyyy less notifications. You get so less notifications that you need to check and double check if you’ve carried your phone because it doesn’t remind you of its existence anymore. For real with me it happened that I was working on something for few hours. And suddenly I wondered where my phone was and then after searching for a while here and there, I realised it has been beside me all this time. And it didn’t buzz. Not even once! Oh my! What is this newfound peace!
Now if you’re anything like me after a point you will start wondering if your friends don’t want to talk to you or miss you anymore. But no. That’s not the truth. It’s not that they don’t want to talk to you… The fact is… They have forgotten that you exist.
I am kidding!!!
But seriously, not getting enough attention can be a side effect of deactivating instagram. But sometimes it’s also good to not be in the limelight. Sometimes it’s also good to have some time on your own.
3. Productivity increases. Now I know many people will disagree with me with this point. But it’s true in my case. I know some people can stay productive and still be on Instagram, I recently found out that I am not one of these people. I can carry on with my daily activities and still be on Instagram, that’s true. But when responsibilities increase, its hard to stay focused and still be able to operate instagram.
Let’s just be real okay? Instagram is addictive. And I don’t know about you but my selective attention is unable to cope up with that and my other important tasks.
So it’s better I am off instagram. It does actually feel like I am living a whole different life.
It feels like I’m going back to 1990s or something. But the reality is it works for me. I don’t know when and if I will be back on Instagram. But I like being away as of now.
Living in the moment, watching a sunset without taking a snap, living peacefully without any unnecessary updates, writing more and feeling more, peaceful sleep at night are just a few side effects of logging out from Instagram. (or any social media platform for that matter.)