Today I’m going to be discussing Instagram and it’s benefits and hazards.
If you don’t have Instagram yet, it’s likely because your parents don’t know if they want you to have it yet (same with any platform) so if you read this, and like it for any reason then definitely ask your parents to read it!
DISCLAIMER all my opinions are honest but they are not bias. I’m objectively pointing out what I’ve noticed!
If you’re a blogger like me, then obviously Instagram would be a really good place to advertise for your blog and grow your blog’s following. It’s beneficial for sharing your hard work and connecting with your audience on a more personal level.
However if you are not a blogger don’t fret, there are some other good aspects of the platform for you.
IG is all about pictures and creating your personal aesthetic, so objectively speaking, Instagram is a really good place to be creative and express yourself.
For me it’s an exciting challenge to take pictures of completely different things then try to edit it in a way where it fits my “theme” or the overall aesthetic of my page.
IG is also really good for finding fun “how to” videos. Crafts, DIY, hair videos, whatever– Personally the 60 second clips are really cool.
In short, I would say that the pros are stacked if you’re a blogger, like gaining exposure, promoting your blog, making blogger friends etc., but for a non-blogger– besides having another way to connect with existing friends, I’d say the only real pro is the fact that Instagram allows you to challenge your artistic side and discribe yourself visually.
For bloggers and non-bloggers the cons are all the same because we are still talking about social media and a platform where anyone can be on there. Yes, IG does have guidelines, but let’s be real, there’s millions of users on Instagram and they cannot possibly catch every single person going against their rules right away, therefore we still have the “crazies” and chances that some one will try to talk to you… that is not kosher (a.k.a sane or honest and up right).
So a con is that even though you can set your account private, you are not completely safe from encountering the bad…
However, I’d say one of the biggest cons of all– even bigger than people you don’t know contacting you is the way Instagram and the users portray their lives. I’m not saying everyone is making their lives appear glossier then they actually are or making their lives seemingly perfect on purpose but IG does seem to have that problem more than all the other platforms.
Subconsciously being on Instagram if you’re not a “major influencer”, at sometime or another will start to make you feel the “why can’t I live like that?” Whether it’s brief or a deep sad feeling, you’ll feel it and you’ll have to remember that your life is enough just the way it is.
All in all, like everything else, the pros and cons aren’t the most important things. Being on Instagram and determining if it’s good or bad for you really depends on you and how responsible you are as a person. Having Instagram (or any other social media) is like driving. Anyone can be on the road and you can’t control that, but you can control what you do. And should you have an “accident” or incident, tell your parents, just like if you had an accident while driving. The best drivers are defensive drivers– which means they’re alert and when they see potential danger they steer away from it. Be a defensive Instagrammer *heh* and stay clear of inappropriate activity or chats!
I hope this has helped you whether you’re a parent or teen reading this! Don’t hesitate to tell me what you think in the comments!
Do you have Instagram yet? If so what are some things you like and don’t like about it? Was this article helpful to you?