I just read about Eric Kim deleting his Instagram account which I honestly think is damn brave of him… but what he talks about in his blog post about why he did it, it actually makes perfect sense.
When I went to Iceland for the first time, I had about 360 followers, and I was following half of those people. The images of the land of ice and fire gave my social media quite a boost and I went up to 900 before I went to Iceland a second time. And ever since it’s been my obsession to get to 1000… but you know what, I still can’t really do it. Even if I go 20 followers up, the next day it will be again 998 or 983. Because these days Instagram is run by bots, not by real people.
And everyone is a world nomad traveller these days, an experienced foodie, yogi and wears designer clothes from the latest collections. How can you compete with that? I bet my real-life friends are tired of seeing Iceland in their feeds, so they don’t react at all. When people meet me somewhere, they usually say – hey, when is the next trip? I wonder why they ask… so that I go, take pictures to share them with my friends and they ignore them cause they are too jealous that I travel all the time? huh, you know what also? when I am travelling and have no time to check social media – that’s when I feel the happiest. And that’s what we should probably aim for.
So I just thought, I am going to delete the Instagram app from my phone and see how it goes. I will try to go until the end of the month without checking Instagram or if I really want to, or need to, I can use the web one. I already went a couple of months without Facebook app on my phone, and so far it’s been great 🙂
And to answer the question of the people who got to know, the next trip is Italy, lake Garda.
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