Posted by Zeyno
A gasp came from one of my close friends as she realised that I had closed my account on one of the most desired and used social networking sites on the planet. Her tone of voice made me realise that in her eyes, I had committed a crime.  I had gone against what seemed socially acceptable and took a step into becoming socially unaware.

But the truth was, I was tired of trying to capture the picture perfect life my followers expected of me, not only that, but also tired of streaming through endless pictures of other people's perfect world. After time, I came to the conclusion that it was all too pretentious for me, and not always as real as it set out to be. 
"Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family."
This is how Instagram chooses to explain itself. Unfortunately, for me it doesn't seem to explain the endless hashtags of thousands in "desperate need" of likes and followers, or the multiple fake accounts for almost every celebrity one can name. 

Nevertheless, it doesn't fail to become a great source of distraction for many and often manages to put a smile on its users faces through the fascinating and never ending variety of photos it offers. And that in my eyes is something to be proud of. 

However, not being a part of this massive circle by choice is nothing to be embarrassed of, and it certainly is not something that people should be looking down on one for. So taking a step away from social media is not becoming socially aware, it's simply meeting your own request.

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