Would You Rather Be Heard Or Seen?
The Problem With Instagram
That was the question I posed to some of my bloggy friends. I’m troubled over the proliferation of social media and its emphasis on pleasant images rather than authentic commentary. Blogging is on the downturn and Instagram is booming.
More people simply want to look at you than hear you.
As a blogger this is discouraging. The platform is meant for expressing your thoughts and connecting with people. Sure, we can have pretty photos but if the blogger has no valuable information or commentary to offer me other than where they bought their latest pair of shoes, honestly I won’t bother visiting them again. There needs to be some kind of connection whether it be humour, activism, life stories, creative ideas or simple opinions. I need more substance than just pretty pictures.
Yes, of course there are exceptions to the rule, bloggers that are creative geniuses or those that take spectacular photos in exotic places are a source of visual inspiration however I can count those on one hand.
I’ll be honest, I’m not successful on Instagram, possibly because I feel it is mostly devoid of meaningful content. Instagram is filled to the brim with pretty images and quotes. I suppose the quotes are there to make us somehow feel that the time we’ve wasted scrolling through two hundred and fifty images in ten minutes is time well spent.
Am I “connecting” with anyone like that?
To me, Instagram is based on photos without meaning and moments without truth.
I’ve never felt any kind of bond with anyone that I “met” and followed on Instagram. In comparison, I feel a certain kinship with the readers of my blog, especially if they comment. We know a bit about each other, we’ve invested some time getting to know how the other person thinks and what is important to them. Also, I’ve met some great real life friends via my blog. On Instagram I’m just scrolling as fast as my thumb will take me.
How does social media enhance my life?
The take away I get from social media is that it is simply a marketing strategy encouraging shameless self promotion and mindless consumption.
Am I missing something important and worthwhile Instagram offers that I haven’t figured out yet?
As far as Facebook and Twitter goes I stopped visiting those ages ago. As an Etsy seller and blogger I continue to have operating pages only because it is expected of me. I post automatically to them via Etsy or Instagram but I don’t frequent those sites more than once every few months. The value of them eludes me.
On Instagram you can leave a heart or hand clapping emojis in a fraction of a second.
It’s faster than reading a blog. People feel they’ve interacted on a much larger scale without investing the time. Is that truly a way of connecting? Are the hearts we receive meant to fill our heart with joy and acceptance? Does it make you feel that way?
I know I cannot force people to connect with me on the platform I prefer.
It’s such a shame because I’d drop all of my social media accounts in a heartbeat.
Blogging is where I can most fully express myself.
Many other bloggers I know feel the same way as myself while others dropped blogging altogether and are now only using Instagram. Certainly the amount of time and effort that goes into a blog is greater than that of an Instagram account.
All of the bloggers I asked said they would prefer to be heard rather than seen.
What about you? Would you rather been seen than heard? Does social media enhance your life and if so, how?
Linking up with Jess over at Turning Heads Tuesdays.