It Promotes Jealousy
Social networks promote jealousy. No matter how much people try not to compare themselves to others, they still do it, and as a result, they feel bad when they check the news of the people they follow. (See Why do people become jealous of others?)
It deceives you
Instagram filters make people look much more attractive than they truly are. Even if you know how someone looks in real life, your subconscious mind will still be fooled by the pictures. You can start getting attracted to a person as a result of this deception.
Your followers get to know fine details about your life
Because Instagram pictures usually provide more sensitive information about you than Facebook pictures, your followers can get to know fine details about you, and your stalkers can easily get the information they are looking for.
You realize how unpopular you are
Even if you have loving and caring friends, you can shortly feel unpopular after checking Instagram. When your pictures get 5 likes, and someone else’s gets 200 likes, you will unconsciously compare yourself to that person and feel bad.
It can make you feel miserable
On Instagram, everyone pretends to be living an awesome life. The fact that you won’t tell whether people are pretending or not can make you feel miserable since you will always compare your life to the wonderful lives those people are living.
Because it’s easily accessible (one tap and you are in), Instagram can be very addictive since many people turn to it when they are bored. The fact that a social network that promotes bad moods is also addictive makes it very bad.
You will see lots of irrelevant posts
Studies have shown that irrelevant data can be very annoying to the brain. If you hate sushi or are not interested in food and you saw someone posting his sushi plate on Instagram, there is a huge possibility that your mood will change for the worse.
It’s harder to get followers
On Facebook, most of your friends will add you, but because of the word ‘follower,’ people’s Egos can prevent many of them from following you. As a result, you might have a small number of followers and, in turn, a small number of likes.
It’s easy to unfollow a person
At any point, a person can easily unfollow you, leaving you to your self-doubts. While on Facebook, it’s very rare for someone to delete a friend; on Instagram, people unfollow others a lot.
You are not photogenic
Instagram is all about people showing off their looks. If you don’t look good in pictures, there is a great possibility that Instagram will ruin your self-esteem as you compare your looks to others.
It can turn you into a narcissist
If you were lucky to get many fans, there is a high chance that Instagram can turn you into a narcissist. (See What Makes a Person a Narcissist?)
It can be inappropriate for kids
Instagram can contain inappropriate pictures that kids shouldn’t see. Because people share more intimate pictures on Instagram, it might not be a good idea to let a kid have an Instagram account.
Many people use Instagram to broadcast a fake lifestyle that they are not living or show that they are always happy, whereas this could be very incorrect.
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