I joined Instagram during college. I remember being so excited to get an iPhone so that I could get the app. My first photo was from a hike that I went on with my parents, but, pretty quickly, my relationship with Instagram became more growth-oriented. I was an aspiring lifestyle blogger who dreamed of getting as many followers as the bigger bloggers.
Over time, being on Instagram felt less dreamy. I talked with friends and hosted events about creating Instagram boundaries, but I still hadn't created sustainable boundaries for myself.
I decided to take an Instagram break for the better part of two weeks at the end of 2020. It was the longest I'd ever been off the app. The end of the year felt like a safe time because I wouldn't really be missing much.
The first few days were the hardest. I'd pick up my phone, forgetting that the app was no longer there. I still approached moments as potential pieces of content. Then, I started feeling less and less attached to the app. It was a relief to be away, and I wasn't in a hurry to get back.
Instead, I started experimenting with a new set of Instagram boundaries. They're still a work in progress, but I'm happy to share this iteration:
I'm about a month into these new boundaries, and I don't think I'll ever go fully back.
In sharing my story, I've found that so many others want to scroll less, too. That's why Inner Workout created Instead : A card deck for scrolling less. It's launching on Kickstarter on February 16. Be the first to know.