We’ve all done it: We’ve spewed long-winded rants complaining about the nuisance and burden of social media, and yet, perhaps in the same breath, our thumbs habitually flicked upward, scrolling through endless photos, stories, and comments from Instagram, the wellness clan's chosen social media platform.
As Facebook has grown into a place for community updates and a forum for discussion of larger social, political, and even personal issues, Instagram has become one of the most popular platforms through which users connect to friends and gather all kinds of inspiration. Whether you’re just trying to get through #mondaze or crave some life-changing wisdom, Instagram has your back—especially when you need a distraction. But like most coping mechanisms, it often ends up sapping more precious time and attention than intended. Yes, indeed: Instagram is a steadfast frenemy.
How we use the ‘gram proves to be a polarizing topic. The future of wellness as it relates to social media looks wildly different depending on who you ask. Perhaps most interestingly, Instagram is and will remain a journal of sorts, marking trends and immortalizing moments big and small. The 'gram reveals our changing values, lifestyles, and routines over time, and it’s downright fascinating to take a look back in time.