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12:00 AM, February 08, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 08, 2018

What your Instagram says about you

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple decades, you know very well about the phenomenal takeover by various forms of social media. Now, of these number of online platforms, this article sheds light on Instagram and its way of revealing more than just your pictures. Instagram accounts tell us more about someone's personality AND their mental health than you thought. All you have to do, is just look closely.

First-off, let's start with the gym freaks. These usually consist of neverending stream of videos of the person doing pushups, lifting weights and the like, often accompanied by triggering hashtags like “#doyouevenliftbro” seeing which, motivates you to join the gym even less. These people often try to spice things up by bringing variation to their stream with food pictures of their “healthy” diet. All the while highlighting the fact that they are most often narcissists.

Some of the more poetic kind strive to share their deep thoughts through pictures of the sky, coupled with even deeper captions that have nothing to do with the picture itself. Now, being quite the admirer of nature, I don't really mind. However, there comes a tipping point when the pictures start looking all the same and a mere glance at the sky gives you PTSD as a result of flashbacks of their Instagram feeds.

Speaking of depth, here comes the book-grammers. These consist of photos of books placed aesthetically, often beside an even more aesthetic cup of coffee accompanied by an even more aesthetic caption. I admire the accounts which pull this off well mostly because of their informative nature, as I refer to them for my reading-list. However this is a given, as it only applies if the account owners are indeed as intellectual and bookish as they seem on social media.

Focusing on the mental states now, some Instagrammers post blurry and grainy pictures of themselves which I believe is supposed to leave us as oblivious as they are with their ownlives. On a serious note however, people who use B&W filters the most are often found to be more depressed than people who don't.

Here's one I'm particularly annoyed by. These accounts consist of people posting pictures of their significant others to such an uncontrollable extent that you often start getting confused as to who the account really belongs to. If this wasn't enough to highlight possible insecurities in their relationships, the pictures are often coupled with overpossesive captions which further confirm the notion.

Last but not the least, we have the Instagram models, people who are basically only famous on Instagram. Their minimal 10K followers and Instagram feeds filled with pictures of them posing with various kinds of tea are indicators of their kind. They are often well-dressed and flood their feed with singles and often look older than their actual age.

All in all, these predictions arent applicable for all accounts of the aforementioned kinds, rather stand true for the few that overdo it, except for doggo accounts which can never be overdone. In conclusion, to avoid any of this drama go to your Instagram account and delete it.

Veronica Gomes is a devout Coldplayer and Sherlockian who is convinced her dog has secret pet parties at her place when she's not around. Email her at gomesveronica1997@gmail.com

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