The Worst Of The Worst Instagrammers
I remember when Instagram first hit the scene, it was a novelty, a refreshing concept – our life told through a lens, no words, just pictures. Back then, I sang Instagram’s praises. But then, the inevitable happened. Instagram blew up. It blew up bigger than Facebook and right now it’s seen as Facebook’s somewhat cooler sibling. The truth is, Facebook and Instagram are now owned by the same corporation, and with that, it’s not quite as kitsch as it once was. Instagram hit the mainstream, and those little niggling annoyances have now multiplied a million times over with everyone jumping on-board to get that very thing we all really want – that million dollar shot. So, as a tribute to the Instagram we all know and love, here are the worst of the worst types of Instagrammers currently making my top 5.
Well, where else could we start of course apart from the beloved selfie? Instagram spawned narcissism of a whole other dimension – taking pictures of ourselves, alone, whilst at home, and just to get likes? Yes, people, that’s what we’ve become – and it’s only getting worse with the Kylie Jenners of the world thriving off of a well-shot selfie. Interestingly, autocorrect changes selfies to selfish. A coincidence? I think not.
2. Holiday shots
In years gone by, we would take holiday shots to show our loved ones. Then came along Facebook, and we’d create albums of our holidays to share online. But these were at least real holiday shots – funny, real, and normal. Then everyone started documenting every second of their holiday on Instagram, complete with filter after filter, all to make their holiday look, well, like an advert you see on TV. Gone are the days of simply going on a holiday to relax, and instead, it’s turned into an anxiety fest of not letting a photo opportunity pass, and having to share what should be a personal break, with the rest of the world.
3. Social/friend shots
Yep, we all have friends – some great, some not so great, but on Instagram, everyone seems to have more friends than you, and they’re constantly out with these friends painting the town red. So what are you doing wrong? Nothing, of course – you just may not need to document every social outing with a picture. Nevertheless, it still leaves that insecurity deep down: the fact that people think you literally have no social life, and all because you haven’t shared it on Instagram. I mean, I could have visited Amsterdam (which I did!), but if it ain’t on Instagram, forget about it, it may as well have never happened.
4. Hashtag overload
Once upon a time, hashtags were rare, and people kept them simple. Now they go on for a page, and the more humorous, the better, right? Well, not really. It’s one thing using a hashtag to raise the profile of your picture, but we don’t need the whole #squadgoals #doinglifeinstyle #noyoucantbeinourgang group of hashtags. They’re just a little, well, cringe…
5. Foodie pics
Last but not least, it’s the coffee drinking, healthy eating-esque pictures, either taken on a wooden rustic-looking table with a book in view – maybe an Apple Mac – and of course, a rug just to show how good one is at home design. Everyone’s at it, and you can’t go for a meal without someone having to take a picture of their food to share with random people. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve taken a food pic or two before, but sometimes all it needs is a WhatsApp to your friend, not a filtered photo of that hardly life-changing risotto.