Ok, so let’s talk Instagram.
How do you hell do people do it?
I’ve never been a person who enjoys being in photos. If there’s a camera around I’m either behind it, someone else or walking out of the room. As a consequence, I’ve obviously never been into “selfies”. I don’t do them, and at the risk of insulting a lot of people, I think they’re ridiculous. I mean, why?
I get it if you’re on vacation and want a picture of yourself in front of the Pyramids. Or if you’re taking a profile picture or you know, there’s a reason why you need a picture of yourself. Then I understand. I wouldn’t personally do it, but I acknowledge that my dislike of being photographed is not the way most people feel about it. But this thing about documenting everything you do, while making silly, fake facial expressions while drinking your morning coffee.
Call me a cynic, but do you really expect me to believe that oversized shirt you’re wearing is what you slept in? I’m sorry, but if you sleep in a man’s shirt, it’ll get wrinkly. So it doesn’t matter how cute you look wearing it while leaning gainst your kitchen counter, which curiously enough is spotless despite the freshly brewed coffee you’re drinking and the artfully put together bagel next to you. If you had really slept in it, it wouldn’t be perfectly ironed, now would it?
And, that “messy” bun on top of your head, honey anyone who’s ever had long hair will know that if you go to sleep with a bun on the top of your head it won’t look like that when you wake up. It’ll be smooshed at one side of your head while the strands of hair that have come loose will be sticking out from all angles. We all know that “messy bun” look, took fifteen minutes and a lot of hair product to achieve.
I feel I’m getting off track… my point with this is that because I’m not a selfie person, I’ve never gotten used to taking photos with my phone in public places. I have a camera and I like taking photos but it’s usually of landscapes and such, not while browsing a store or in a restaurant. I feel so stupid when I do. I know it’s common, I see people doing it all the time. They pose in stores with things the just bought, take pictures of their food or pose in front of a poster of the movie they are about to watch. I have such a hard time doing it.
I know I’m probably making a big deal out of it and that it’s something most people don’t even think about. But this is how my brain works, this is the kind of stuff I think about.
So, how do I Instagram without feeling like an idiot? How do you approach it? Do you have any places you won’t take pictures?
I mean, I’ve come across people taking pictures at funerals and publishing pictures of the casket on Facebook and Instagram. I find that extremely disrespectful. When I had my mother’s funeral I forbade people from taking pictures. It was a time of mourning and reflection, not an opportunity for comments and likes.
But, without making this post too long or too serious, what is the etiquette when taking pictures for Instagram or social media in general? Do you do it, how do you do it? When do you not do it?
Please give me some pointers or tips. Am I overthinking this?
(I probably am, I tend to do that.)