I’ve been Instagram and Snapchat-less for about 3 months. Never had FB. I didn’t really have a reason for my deletion other than how heavily it was encouraged by some in TRP so I deactivated everything to try it.
Last week I went on Instagram.com to login to my business’s Insta which automatically reactivated my personal and when I tried to deactivate it, it said to wait 7 days. Ok.
With IG I later realized I fell into the pitfalls of validation like a woman would. I’d post a shirtless pic and scroll through all 500 people who liked the picture and see what hotties gave me that crumb of validation to get my ego through the week. Comments too - dissecting every female comment at 5827437 angles. It’s so pathetic. Snapchat - I just realized it was the orbiters version of a phone number.
Over the 3 months I realized I was going against the grain. People ask where you went, why you don’t have it. A few thought I was being bullied. It was weird. Which makes me question if those preaching to delete have any idea wtf they’re talking about. So I think I might just leave it up and stay off it. If I don’t have the app and I’m not scrolling/liking/posting, but rather just have an inactive presence there it’s probably enough to enjoy benefits and to avoid the costs. Messages will go unanswered but if someone searches my name, they’ll see a private profile with a douchebag shirtless profile pic and a few thousand followers with half I follow back. No bio. Nothing there to harm me - typical timeless college kid profile.
This seems to be the most reasonable course of action to deal with my faults. Full deletion creates more complications than it fixed. Interested to hear the reasons why you deleted - assuming they’re deeper than the typical “it’s a waste of time” etc