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