When Instagram Enters Your Private Space

Rajen Garabadu

Do you feel that social media – especially Instagram – has entered your private space?

From your birthday, anniversary, family vacation, or dinner date, moments like these find their way into the digital world through social platforms.

Well, you’re not the only one paddling this boat.

Picture this: your partner is all about ‘gramming’ every moment, but you? You’d rather live those moments than post them. You get it, though – it makes them happy. So, you play along, sometimes seamlessly, other times… well, let’s say not so well.

Striking a Balance Between Posts and Privacy

You’re probably thinking, “Can’t we just enjoy life without broadcasting it? Why should key moments of our life show up on a public platform?”

I hear you.

You believe in the motto “live and let live” as long as it doesn’t encroach on your peace. Sounds reasonable. But when the script flips, and it’s your hobbies or preferences, suddenly it’s a whole different ball game.

That’s been the rhythm of my life, too. Over the years, I’ve found my coping mechanism.

Here’s my secret: I don’t despise Instagram as much as my wife likes it. So, I bear it, hoping to return to our offline world swiftly. But sometimes, her enthusiasm overshoots my tolerance threshold, and that’s when the sparks fly.

The Unspoken Bond Of Social Media Weary

I know I’m not alone. There’s a silent tribe of us, exchanging knowing glances at parties and other occasions, sharing survival tips in hushed tones. We bolster each other’s spirits, whether bracing for a social media storm or just weathering the tail end of one.

This isn’t just about Instagram. It’s about how we share our lives. It’s about understanding that sometimes, what brings joy to one can be a source of annoyance for the other. It’s a delicate dance of give and take.

How Do You Cope?

You might wonder, “How do I strike a balance?”

It starts with communication. Sitting down and having that heart-to-heart where you lay it all out – your likes, dislikes, boundaries and expectations. It’s about finding a middle ground where you feel heard and respected.

My success in finding balance has been moderate. I have a long distance to go on this journey and am trying to get there. But, you may reach faster.

And it’s not all doom and gloom. Sometimes, joining in on ‘the gram’ can lead to unexpected joys. You discover aspects of your partner you never knew – their eye for beauty, sense of humour and knack for capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary. It can be a window into their world, a bridge to understanding them better. It’s all about looking at the half-full glass.

Survival Tips For The Instagram-Averse

Remember, it’s about finding balance in your relationship, not winning a social media battle. Next time you feel overwhelmed by your partner’s Instagram fervour, take a deep breath. Communicate. Negotiate.

Find your shared offline oasis.

After all, the best moments are often those that go unposted.

Rajen Garabadu

Chief Executive Producer, News18 Network. He blogs @ rajenreflects.com

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