The “quarter-life crisis” is a phenomenon characterized by insecurities, disappointments, loneliness, and depression during the transition into adulthood. Technology and social networks spur these feelings by providing a constant stream of “success stories” for individuals to compare themselves to.
There are many ways to use Instagram. From mini-portfolios to online scrapbooks, the way one chooses to use Instagram reflects how they see the world and how they want the world to see them.
Social networks provide us with a psychologically dangerous and consistent stream of visual reminders of how we could be spending our time. This fear of missing out results in feelings of inadequacy, jealousy, and anger.