The title of this post could refer to many things. Our lives are filled with such problems, and like so many, I often waste my time complaining about them. However, this isn’t about any superficial life problem, this is about the newest one I’ve faced. After all, nothing gets more superficial than hating on a social media website for changing the most inconsequential part of the app…aka the logo.
Now, before I continue, I’m not ashamed to say that I really dislike the new logo, and have wasted part of my life telling other people about my dislike for it too. Nevertheless, I know that like so many others, I’ve also seemed to forget what Instagram actually is, and how unimportant such a change should be.
Say goodbye to the classic camera and hello to a multi-coloured, overly photoshopped, and futuristic version of itself. Basically, your phone will never be subjected to such a dull colour scheme again. Does this matter? The answer should be no. Does our society think this matters? The answer is most likely yes.
Instagram is an incredibly popular social media website that enables us to share snapshots of our lives. It’s the kind of easy to use app that has soon become my favourite, surpassing even Twitter and Facebook. Yet, for some reason, even I forget that it’s a social media app in it’s own right. The kind of app that enables people to impose their happiest moments on anyone willing to click the follow button.
The truth is, like so many others, I enjoy posting photos and videos of the good days. The days where I went somewhere new, met up with friends, or could be bothered to actually do my makeup. It’s fun to post photos, share memories and dare I say, receive likes in return. Does that make me self-centred? Maybe a little, but aren’t we all?
Now before I lose track of my thoughts, I wanted to make sure that I expressed the very reason I started this post. Instagram is a social media site. It thrives upon sunny days, perfect moments, and quite often, unrealistic expectations. Selfies are filtered. Sunsets are staged. The great day out with friends was spent taking pictures of your meal before you ate it, or capturing a group photo that one person probably ended up hating. It’s all carefully selected or changed so that it neither represents the spontaneity of life, or the fact that we are all flawed beings.
The old camera logo represented what Instagram used to be. In a time when people weren’t as bothered about creating a theme but were more concerned with sharing their favourite photos. We live in a world that promises rainbows but gives us rain. The new logo represents a fresh start for Instagram, and if anything, shows how far it has come.
What do you think of the logo, or even this post? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time keep dreaming x