Is Instagram Really Just An App?

jan-kahanek-184675-unsplashWhen the founders of Instagram first introduced the app, I would imagine they wanted something that would be a positive contribution in the tech world that would stand the test of time. But, what are your thoughts on instagram now? I’ll start. One of the things that many people always say is’ ‘It’s just an app.’ But, is it really?

Here are some of my thoughts. This app has helped some people to build a platform that they may not have had without it. This app has helped some dreams get recognized, this app has allowed some to showcase their talents in ways that they may not have been able to utilize offline. Instagram has started businesses, help grow businesses and is still be used by many to start businesses.

Instagram is an app. But, it’s an app that I feel should be used with purpose . . . harmless purpose. To communicate with family and friends, to enjoy building and growing your business(es), to share your love of photography and the list goes on. It’s an app that should be taken seriously and not taken seriously at the same time. I’ll explain.

Let’s be honest. There are so many unnecessary arguments on social media. This is a matter of taking it too serious. On your page, you have the absolute right to express yourself how you choose to and hopefully not at anyone else’s expense. That’s the perspective that in my opinion, should be taken more serious. At another person’s expense. Whoever said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt”, must not have ever been hurt . . . and I doubt that. We all know what it’s like to experience the sting of words. Every thing said doesn’t hurt, but the truth is some things can. Whether that sting fades or lingers, we should be responsible for what we posts. We don’t want to contribute to someone’s pain. We all have posted things on social media that we would more than likely take back if we could. That’s totally different than someone intentionally using an app as a vehicle to carry hateful words. Some people call it ‘being petty’, but there’s a fine line between being petty and being miserable. We have to know the difference so we can prevent the question, ‘What did I say?’ or the comment, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong.’ It’s not about YOU. It’s the perception of the other person. People can think you’re posting about them and have you confused to why they would think such a thing.

We have to understand that our posts can be like text messages. The intention may be good, but someone may misconstrue the message. I’ve seen a lot of negative behavior on Instagram. I said if I am going to take up a space online, it’s going to be uplifting. When people come to my page, I want them to leave feeling better. I am very intentional about that. Any misunderstandings about me have come from people that have never met me a day in their lives. They don’t know me. If you know me, you don’t get offended by anything that I post because you know my character. I’m not a judgmental person and my beliefs are not an attack on your own. More times than not, misunderstandings on Instagram is from prejudgement and/or failure to know exactly what a message means.

So, in conclusion of this letter, I want to encourage you to think about this: many say that instagram is just an app. It’s an app, but people have built a lot of business on this app, so it’s not as easy for everyone to just delete it. I think it’s super important anyway, to build outside of social media whether it’s email lists, subscription on websites. Those things are good business decisions after social media is used to maybe launch it. So, the bottom line is: let’s be responsible for our words. Stop taking the wrong things too serious and please don’t contribute to negativity. If I had it my way, I would suspend accounts when used for a malicious or hurtful way to talk at or about someone. However, we can’t control what people say, but we can control how we react. So, the goal should really be to master controlling what we give our attention to. It’s natural to what to defend yourself when you feel its necessary, but sometimes the easiest thing which can also be a challenging thing is to dusk your shoulders off and keep going. As mama always said, “Being who you truly are is all the proof you’ll ever need.”

What are your thoughts about Instagram or social media in general?


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