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Error 404: Happiness Not Found on Instagram from Mohammad Daniyal's blog

Holidays have become a conquest for having the most likes on Instagram. It starts out by stopping everything that we're doing, pulling out our phones and taking a dozen pictures from Instagram followers angles possible. We then spend another ten minutes contemplating a caption. Should I go with lyrics from Beyonce's new album or should I stick to emojis? Now it's time for a filter and God knows how long that will take.


An hour later, we put our phones down only to pick them up again and check how many likes our last post received. By then, that beautiful sunset which we should have been watching is long gone and the thunder clouds are rolling in.


We had the perfect moment but we didn't savor it because we felt the need to show it to others.


Most of us social media users have a slight obsession with sharing everything; our brunch squad, the surprise dinners our partners make for us, the view from our hotel rooms. We have all been this person at some point in our lives or we have been sitting across from one. And it's frustrating as hell. Aren't we here to talk and catch up? Then why are we ignoring each other and hunching over our phones instead?


Do our followers really care about where we are and the hashtags that come with it? Ask yourself this: do you care for these things when you see them on your feed? Sure, some pictures are great but they don't make you contemplate about them on a deeper level - after all, isn't that the purpose of the scrolling feature?


We don't need Instagram to validate our happiness; the increased number of likes do not equal to increased levels of happiness. Sure, some people look ecstatic in their photos and their holidays look like something taken out of luxury magazines, but are they as happy as they look? Or did they just get into a huge argument with their family? Was the food that good or was it super bland? These are things that pictures don't convey to us.


Worst of all, our Instagram feed has become a battleground, a field of major competition. We become intimidated by other peoples' pictures and we feel the need to 'up our game'. A sudden sense of insecurity begins to develop as we feel urged to validate our happiness with others.


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