IRI (In Real Life) is the cure. Don’t get me wrong. I am an Instagram fan. How else would I get instant pictorial updates on my grandkids, and how my daughter and son-in-law are faring in the their family adventures in coastal New England. It seems like the trick to all of this is not to become so envious of the lives of others as depicted on their Instagram accounts that you don’t enjoy your own.. The obvious appeal of vicariously sharing in the good times of the jet set as they party around the world is undeniable. The downside, however, is that it also seems to make most people feel worse over all.
As in most things, there in a happy medium if you really want to live in the Instagram moments of others and still have terrific moments of your own. Looking for a sense of well being over passively using Instagram to see what “real” fun everyone is having? Then try this: experts advise that making time to interact face-to-face with other people, or talking to someone on the phone, will lead to a more enhanced sense of well being.
So have a real vacation of your own. It’s still summer and Labor Day is still over two weeks away. Have some real fun with real people. “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Baby!” IRI.