I find Instagram to be an interesting societal phenomenon. A possible reflection of a younger generation. A generation who has become used to immediate gratification. A generation who uses abbreviations, emoticons, and hashtags to express their lives.
Don't get me wrong. I happen to love Instagram. It is purely visual and I am a visual person. A visual learner. I could drown myself in beautiful photography, but I also like finding the depths contained within people. I like hearing their stories. I like learning.
Maybe as a trained counselor I see things differently. Maybe my love of exploring the human psyche, of looking into the real person, is not the norm for older generations, and yet I hear on a daily basis a need to connect on a deeper level.
Instagram can be a quick way for a young person to make a six or even seven figure income. A place to quickly amass a large following through short snippets of their lives. To attract advertisers, clamoring for young people's business. I believe in free enterprise, and this seems to be indicative of a new world of free enterprise, but I wonder if it is also indicative of a world of the quick fix. What happens when, like much of social media, Instagram becomes passe. Will these young entrepreneurs be able to quickly jump onto the newest platform or will they find that they too are left behind without the current skills?
We live in a rapidly changing world, but I hope that the need to connect with others at a deeper level is not something that will be lost. Because I believe, that without that deeper connection, that personal knowing, we will lose so much of what makes us human.
I hear on an almost daily basis that blogging is a dying platform, that it is being replaced by Instagram. I for one hope not, because I would miss the connections that are made through blogging. But then again, I miss the practice of neighbors connecting on hot summer nights on their front porches. Maybe, it is just progress or maybe it is part of a trend towards impersonalization, towards becoming a more insular society.