Because the Internet is full of them, I thought the video was just another silly one. After going to the website, it seems the Instagram husband is actually for real!
Who would’ve ever thought?
Now there’s an expression to capture the plight of some spouses. They’re at the mercy of their spouses’ Instagram-addiction.
[Video via YouTube]
Look, the struggle is real for some men and women out there. I’m sure there are instances where the roles depicted in the video are the other way round. There are definitely Instagram wives, boyfriends, siblings and such. There’s a fine line between sharing your life and being a slave to your phone and social media. Actually, may not quite qualify as being slave to media.
It is being slave to inferiority, insecurity or some condition; a search for acceptance and approval? Perhaps. Does the world care much about what we had for breakfast? I’m not saying don’t post photos of your food, if you want to. (I have and I’m likely to do it soon.)
I’m just saying there might be a problem if you can’t help but feel the urge to do it every time. If that is the case, it is time for you to have an honest conversation with yourself. You might have a problem. Just putting it out there…
The other thing about the Instagram addicts from the video, is that their addiction affects others. Their relationship with Instagram has huge implications for those closest to them. A sobering truth: what consumes us affects those close to us too. Spouses are compelled to ‘assist’…
The way the spouses interact with the platform, not the platform per se, is the problem. Use of Instagram, in this context, seems to have become a wedge for ‘normal life’.
Would it be so bad if we just enjoyed a sunset, took it all in, without snapping it? What if we just gave an appreciation of the presentation of our food and tucked right in, no photos? If the moment never made it to Instagram did it happen? Can our lives just be great without the filter-laden photos to prove it to the world?
We can substitute Instagram for another platform or technology or, whatever.
I’m not saying we should keep our phones for texts and calls only. I’m just saying, social media, tech and such should enrich our lives. This can only happen if we’re managing it well.
The problem is never social media or tech. Unchecked, our interaction with or use of technology can damage our relationships. It can rob us of the pleasure of life. It is worth noting, also, that addiction or ‘abuse’ of tech could be the symptom of something else. Are we often aware of all of our own issues?
The Instagram husband is actually for real, people.
How would those close to us describe how we use tech or social media? How would they describe the impact it’s making on your life, theirs and your relationships? Do they have a problem? Do I have a problem? It might be uncomfortable, but, it is worth asking. We, our relationships and lives could be better for it.