When I hear people talking about Instagram, a lot of the time what I hear is negative. I hear people talking about how fake Instagram is. I hear people saying that when they get on Instagram, they start feeling bad about their own lives. I've been there and I've felt that way. But I also think that we all control our own experiences on Instagram.
Who we follow on Instagram makes all the difference. If we follow people who seem fake and only showcase their "perfect" lives, we are going to start to struggle with envy. And if all we do is sit around, scrolling through a sea of seemingly perfect people, of course we are going to play the comparison game.
As Christian women who strive to put good, godly things into our hearts and minds, who we follow on Instagram really does matter.
We should be following accounts that point us to Christ and help set our souls on fire. We should be following accounts that don't sneak lies in there when we are most susceptible. We should be using our social media time to enrich us, not set us two steps back.
This doesn't mean you need to only follow blatantly Christian accounts. I am not calling for you to unfollow everyone or completely redo your Instagram. I'm not saying that Christians can/should only follow other Christians, and I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with following those travel or fashion accounts that make life look perfect. But what I am saying is that we should make sure that we are guarding our minds. If our minds are always consumed with jealousy or comparison when we are scrolling, then yeah, maybe it is time to change what we are scrolling through.
My favorite account on Instagram is @WellWateredWomen
and they also have several hashtags that I like to follow.
In a recent post, I shared my top 10 different hashtags and Instagram accounts for Christian women. If you want more encouragement in your social media scrolling, you can find the link to the post in my bio.