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Instagram - You're All Caught Up

How much Instagram is too much Instagram?

12 Aug 2019
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Look, we love a good gram scroll just as much as the next person, but the truth is…it’s entirely possible to have too much of a good thing.

Many of us are guilty of using our precious time to check Instagram multiple times a day, swiping through hundreds of stories that we don’t even appreciate half the time.

There’s absolutely no need to feel ashamed by this, but is there a legitimate reason that we feel compelled to check in on what others are doing constantly?

Gratification? Reassurance? All of those aspects are valid and can help explain why Instagram is so addictive - but what happens when the addiction becomes real?

All jokes aside, Instagram addiction is not something to be taken lightly and if you’re looking for some inspo to curb your daily Insta habits, you've come to the right place.

Instagram Addiction

signs you could be an insta addict

Don’t take it personally if these apply to yourself, many of us are guilty of a few if not all of these - but it’s good to acknowledge them so you can figure out a course of action.

  1. The first thing you do after waking up is check Instagram
  2. It takes more than 5 minutes to edit any photos you want to upload
  3. When you wake up in the middle of the night, a cheeky scroll is usually on the cards
  4. You take things extremely personal when someone doesn't follow you back
  5. You delete photos that flop

remove the beast

Look this is not an anti-Instagram piece by any means and there are countless opportunities and inspiration that Instagram provides. But if you find yourself aimlessly opening the app throughout the day, why not try deleting it from your phone for a week and seeing how you fare.

If you find yourself missing out the information you need to survive in your day-to-day life, then fine fire that shiz back up. But if not, then see how long you can live without the app being so accessible on your device.

Instagram Your Activity

daily limits

It’s no secret that screen time has been a huge focus for device and app developers over the past 12-18 months, with both Apple and Google recently introducing screen-time prevention. In following suit, Instagram rolled out a feature during the back end of 2018, to loosen its grip on your daily scrolling time.

The feature, aptly coined as Your Activity, allows you to monitor your Insta usage and limit the notifications you receive.

When you tap Your Activity, it will show how much time, on average, you spend on Instagram. Each bar corresponds to the time spent on a particular day. If you tap and hold on a bar, it will show you how much time you spent on Instagram on that specific day.

To limit how much time you spend on Instagram, tap Set Daily Reminder under the activity graph, select how long you want to use Instagram, and tap Set Reminder.

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give your phone a well-earned RDO

Next time you go out for food; why not leave your phone behind so you aren't tempted to check in on your instagram?

Like seriously, try enjoying a meal with loved ones, or head to the pub with a mate and leave your beloved phone behind. We guarantee you’ll find yourself living in the moment more and subsequently reduce your insta scrolling time.

avoid 24/7 documentation

It's been a contentious issue over the past few years and rightly so.

Just like over-googling can prevent your brain from retaining information, recording videos and taking photos legitimately prevents your brain from forming actual memories.

If you need proof, an entire study from Science Direct was conducted to prove that people who don't take photos during experiences such as concerts had significantly more detailed memories than those who were snap-happy during these type of events.

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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