3. Follow Friday: Instacurity
There's a reason why so many frugal living and personal finance experts encourage people to be careful while using Instagram, as it inspires FOMO like no other. In an attempt to make your life appear as exciting, well-traveled, social, and even as healthy as possible, it's too easy to overspend or get into credit card debt to essentially keep up with the Joneses'. In fact, according to a survey by LendingClub among 5,006 adults, one in four say social media posts made them spend money on things or experiences they weren't planning to buy.
I, too, have been guilty of feeling tempted to spend a little too much money (the number of times I've forced myself not to splurge on flight tickets to some exotic location after seeing a friend's photos is ridiculous), then falling into the trap of harmful self-comparison thanks to the pressure. It's something I'm working hard to battle. That's why this week, I'd like to introduce a different kind of Follow Friday social media account: Instacurity.
Defined as "an excessive concern with one's social media presence, influence, and/or likeability," Instacurity first started out as a satirical movement that I initially stumbled upon and started following because, honestly, the posts were hilarious. Since then, however, the movement has morphed into a more serious initiative battling social media's harmful effects on one's mental health, posting exclusively on Facebook. There, one can read stats, articles and more revealing the very real negative effects these platforms can inspire.
I find these posts to be refreshing and honestly a relief; it's cliche to say it, but it's nice knowing that you're not alone and that's it's not all in your head. In a sea of otherwise FOMO-inducing status updates, seeing Instacurity's posts reminds me none of it's real, and encourages me to consume social media content with critical eyes. Most importantly, it helps me stay focused on my true money-saving and wellbeing goals, and that's why I'd recommend fellow deal-hunters give it a look.
Follow Instacurity on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.