Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Post More Boring Photos

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Post More Boring Photos

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Byline: Sophie Morris

INSTAGRAM is the place where people go to share their selfies and holiday snaps - and to sift through the photographic evidence of everyone else's fabulous life.

Not an Instagrammer? Well, you're missing out on a social network that's stuffed full of artily shot camera-phone photos that broadly fall into the following categories: there are the pictures of people's bronzed limbs laid out in front of them on sunloungers (aka hot-dog legs); yoga poses in front of waterfalls/lakes/seashores; muscled gym bunnies demonstrating military-grade stomach crunches; improbably coloured sunsets; superfruit smoothies (made with non-dairy soya); avocado on toast and CGI-perfect make-up tutorials.

While no doubt some people find these things inspirational, a backlash has always been building. Fed up with this digital display of perfect people having perfect lives on perfect holidays with perfect children, a new breed of Instagrammers is coming clean.

One couple has admitted their gap-year posts would have been more accurate with images of all the toilets they've cleaned and beds they've made, while another photographer is revealing what comes outside the frame of Instagram shots - often filthy flats, crappy balconies and far-from-perfect skylines. Teenagers, meanwhile, have come up with a smart way to juggle the pressures of looking on point on Instagram while keeping things real.

The psychology of envy and FOMO (fear of missing out) is fanned by the flames of Instagram, as research by Andrew Przybylski, from Oxford University's Internet Institute, has shown. He found that Instagram makes users feel 11% worse about their lives than other social media networks.

Can being more honest on Instagram save us from ourselves? Let's be frank - quitting your job to travel the world is not an unusual dream for the average desk-bound commuter. Who wouldn't rather wake up to the sound of the Indian Ocean instead of the Today program? And those who do go for it and take a grown-up gap year are much envied by those of us worrying about paying off this summer's 10 days at a local beach. …

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