How & Why I’m Tapering Off Instagram

Instagram, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

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Why I’m Tapering Off Instagram

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Nothing against Maren — she has a delightful account

How I’ve Been Tapering Off Instagram

1. Turn off notifications on my phone.

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2. Delete the Instagram app from my phone.

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No autoplaying video = harder to get sucked into mindless scrolling and story spectating

3. Find something else to fill your time.

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I’ve recently transitioned from Medium to Hard Sudoku puzzles and boy they are not f-ing around!!

4. Re-download and re-delete as needed.

The CONS of Limiting My Time on Insta

1. Becoming the kind of jerk who brags about spending less time on social media

2. Losing a bit of relationship connective tissue

3. Diminished creative juices

4. Less self-documentation

The PROS of Limiting My Time on Insta

1. Greater self-control.

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Before I deleted Instagram, I used to use my phone 7–8 hours/day, with IG always being the app that consumed most of my time. That’s a pretty significant decrease. And I swear I’m not kidding about being a Sudoku Queen.

2. Less self-judgement.

3. More privacy.

We come to see what we do as always a potential document, imploding the present with the past, and ultimately making us nostalgic for the here and now.

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