“You can unfollow me 💛,” she began the caption on a new photo of herself. “My intention for that is to put it gently, please don’t follow me if you do not resonate with me — my energy or my words. The fact that they are taking away ‘likes’ here on this app has been a topic of discussion for a lot of individuals I follow and it’s confusing to me why it needs to be talked about. Likes are gone. Why does it matter? Some of my favorite people on the planet don’t even have Instagram.” Excellent point!
Isabel, 23, continued, “My poetry I share gets the least ‘engagement’ by far on my page and you can probably guess what gets the most. That doesn’t mean I’m not good at writing. But that’s just kind of what it has all come to. These platforms we have built can definitely be used for good and I witness that all the time, it’s a truly beautiful thing. That is what I intend to use mine for. To share companies and brands I enjoy, to share photos of my experiences as a human on earth, and to share words from my heart. That is really it. If you do not like it, that is more than okay. We are all seeking different things here.”
Jacob’s wife added that she used to think her “value” was connected to numbers on her social media but “thankfully, my mindset has changed.” She added, “We are definitely not obligated to follow or engage with anybody on here that makes us feel bad about ourselves or envious of the life they are living. To me, that is not the point of this. I don’t care about quantity, more so quality. So I won’t be offended if you decide I’m not your cup of tea.”
The newlywed also gave anyone reading the advice that they should share things like their art and writing offline instead. “Check up on people outside of this space,” she wrote. “Send them a text or handwritten letter if you’re old fashioned. Don’t focus so much on the people you follow — your life is full and wonderful too, even if you do not post about it. This is isn’t our entire lives, at least it shouldn’t be. It’s simply a place we can share it with others, and to connect with people from all over the world. Let’s leave it at that.”
Isabel really seems to have her head on straight. She’s written before about some of the more negative aspects of social media, like when she seemingly slammed trolls in a cryptic Instagram Story post in August.
“I used to believe the lie that I was not worthy of loving myself,” she shared then. “But I see here, on this app that it is really easy for me to slip into the habit of comparison … The people with the always good hair and beautifully toned bodies. I’m happy for them, but it has all become over-saturated to me. Like life is some big contest. Seeing that all the time makes you start to wonder … Am I doing this right?” We think you’re doing just fine, Izzy.
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