It’s undeniable that I have a love-hate relationship with Instagram. I adore it as a way to be visually inspired, see what some of my favourite bloggers are up to and connect with brands that mean a lot to me, but it’s also easy to spend hours endlessly scrolling through utter rubbish in the hope you’ll find that one square that makes it all worth it. It’s addictive, but it can also leave us feeling a bit crap if we’re not careful enough to peel ourselves away from the screen. If, like me, you get a bit happy on the ‘follow’ button and your feed is full of stuff you’d rather not see (or Instagram isn’t the inspirational, motivational and dreamy place you keep hearing others talk about,) then there are six main types of account you really need to get rid of, stat.
THE SERIAL POSTER
You know who I’m talking about. The one that insists on posting ten pictures up all at once every time they step outside, jamming up your feed with grainy/blurry/boring shots that are better placed elsewhere. Some people don’t grasp the fact that Instagram should be an edited feed, not a flurry of pictures that aren’t even captioned – and most of the time these people are your mates (or even your mum.) Take my advice and unfollow them, keeping in touch via other platforms where the spamming isn’t so prevalent.
THE CLEAN EATING MAFIA
I get it. You eat all the green food, whizz up a smoothie for breakfast and boss your steamed chicken dinner every night – but I’m over here munching on a biscuit and wondering what’s even in that gloopy green mess. We all need a little inspo, but sometimes it’s just too much and ends up making us feel bad about our own decisions; if those super clean food accounts are making you whimper, rather than keeping you motivated, click unfollow and get yourself a bacon sarnie.
THE ‘WHO ARE YOU’-ER
Ever connected with someone at an event or birthday party, clicked on a suggested account or followed an old work colleague who you’ll probably never see again? If you can barely remember who they are or why you followed them, you don’t need that in your life.
THE CHEESE-FEST MOTIVATOR
A good quote or motivational post can set you up for the day ahead, there’s no doubting it, but if it becomes a cheese-fest of verbal diarrhea then it’s time to back away slowly. Nobody is *that* upbeat or feels like their #girlbossing every moment of every day; if the ‘motivational’ posts are making your eyes roll so hard that you’re giving yourself a headache, maybe that account is not for you.
THE IRONIC ANIMAL ACCOUNT
At one time you may have thought a talking goat was hilarious, it bringing an undeniable amount of joy into your life, but that time has passed and you’ve seen more goat gifs than one person could ever need. I’ve followed people that post fifteen pictures of their hamster every day, or those that are obsessed with dressing their dog in the latest fashions, but that gets real tired real quick. And when a dog is more stylish than you, there’s a problem…
THE ONE THAT MAKES YOU FEEL SH*T
We all compare ourselves to other people; it doesn’t matter if you’re a superstar or a mum of three living in Leeds, looking at aspirational and overly curated pictures all the time can make us feel a bit ‘meh’. Comparison really is the thief of joy, so if there’s an account you look at that just makes you feel a bit sh*t (about your looks, weight, lifestyle, home, belongings, life choices, career and so on,) just unfollow that crap and get on with your life. Whether it’s the blogger that gets all the opportunities you want, the friend from school that’s had some kind of ‘She’s All That’ makeover or that super lean fitness guru who makes you ashamed to even look at your stomach, pass go and collect that £200.
Have we all unfollowed? Is our feed now renewed with tonnes of great content we never knew was there? Well, you’re SO welcome!