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Real Life vs. Instagram Playgrounds February 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Life Balance, People.

It used to be that, as we were experiencing “real life,” a photo op would present itself.

We would *PAUSE* the action, smile for the camera, say cheese, and move forward with our day.

Now, chasing photo ops IS the experience.

Entrepreneurs are setting the stage by creating Instagram Playgrounds . . . where folks head to shoot themselves enjoying a sequence of photo ops that may (or may not) go viral on social media.

If you try hard and believe in your selfies, any surface can be the backdrop for the Instagram feed that is your life. The whole world is an Instagram playground, and all of us merely users.

To read more:  Can Real Life Compete with an Instagram Playground?


Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Rainee - February 21, 2018

I haven’t got into Instagram. Not entirely true – I have an account and then wondered why I bothered!

nrhatch - February 21, 2018

I’m not on Instagram, or Twitter, or Facebook, or Pinterest, or Linkdin, or . . . you name it.

But I’m still aware of people who are more interested in sharing a photo op on social media (to prove they are having a blast!) than they are in enjoying the experience itself. 😀

2. Val Boyko - February 21, 2018

Good point Nancy!
Its the difference between “Look at me I am having this experience” and “This experience is so enjoyable”

nrhatch - February 21, 2018


3. Tippy Gnu - February 21, 2018

Nice selfies, Nancy!

nrhatch - February 21, 2018

I love them too! But the camera adds at least 10 pounds . . . and makes me look “hairy.” Plus, I was having a bad hair day so the hat was a necessity, not an accessory. 😀

4. Ally Bean - February 21, 2018

An IG playground? Oh you know I’m not going to like that idea at all. I experience life first, if it ends up on IG so be it, but it’s probably not going to end up there. Because I’m too busy living life.

nrhatch - February 21, 2018

You’ve got the right approach, Ally:

1. Live life.
2. Time permitting, share snippets on social media.

In contrast, making a date to go someplace “fake” to shoot shots & selfies to promote a sense of “my life is better than yours” on social media seems more than a tidbit silly to me. 😀

Ally Bean - February 21, 2018

In my estimation it’s beyond silly. I’d say it’s nuts, on the way to “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.” 😟

5. Jill Weatherholt - February 21, 2018

I don’t want any part of Instagram. I’ve heard where the “in thing” for teenagers is to set up two accounts. One is their real account, the other a fake where they pretend to be someone else…or some kind of nonsense like that. Lately, I have enjoyed Twitter, mainly because I come across a lot of helpful articles on writing and I have picked up some new blog followers from re-Tweets. As for Facebook…I could definitely do without it.

nrhatch - February 21, 2018

Social media can be a terrific communication tool. It can also be a great big time suck.

I’m sure you are putting your time on Twitter to good use, Jill.

Jill Weatherholt - February 21, 2018

A HUGE time suck! 🙂

6. Kate Crimmins - February 21, 2018

Guess I’m out of touch.

nrhatch - February 22, 2018

That’s what happens when you fall down rabbit holes, Kate! 😀

7. Joanne Sisco - February 21, 2018

I’m confused. They are creating Instagram playgrounds? What’s in these playgrounds that’s supposed to be so engaging?

nrhatch - February 22, 2018

Some of them are nothing more than . . . bright colors to stand in front of while shooting selfies.

From the article:

Spaces like the Museum of Ice Cream and the Paul Smith Pink Wall offer a perfect setting for a highly shareable image—and that’s it. What happens to art, or travel, or the outside world in general when taking a photograph becomes an experience itself?

Joanne Sisco - February 23, 2018

Good grief – now I’ve heard of everything.

nrhatch - February 23, 2018

By George, I think you’ve got it! 😀

It’s inane behavior by people who want to be perceived on social media in a predetermined way, rather than “being who they are” and letting people think what they think.

E.g., instead of going to the rock climbing place to get some exercise and challenge themselves by actually climbing rock walls, they climb up just far enough to get the shot and then move on to the next photo op.

Silly rabbits!

8. Behind the Story - February 23, 2018

An interesting article. I liked this quote: “If you try hard and believe in your selfies, any surface can be the backdrop for the Instagram feed that is your life.”

A few years ago, before everyone had a cell phone camera, I traveled to Sicily and southern Italy with three other women. I had a camera, but I seldom carried it with me. I wanted to experience what I was seeing not concentrate on getting a good shot. Even before cell phone cameras, I’d noticed people focusing on posing for the camera rather than seeing the sights. The downside, though, was that later when I tried to remember some of my favorite spots, I didn’t have anything to refer back to. My takeaway: You can’t have it all.

nrhatch - February 23, 2018

Good point, Nicki. I aim for moderation:

(1) I try to “be present” and enjoy the experience (instead of viewing everything through the filter of a camera lens).

(2) But . . . “a picture tells a 1000 words” ~> so I snap a few shots for later viewing to remind me of the mindful moments.

(3) Once I upload the shots to my computer, I delete about 50% of them and keep the “cream of the crop.”

9. William D'Andrea - February 23, 2018

I remember back in the 1970’s and early 80’s, I was a world traveler. I often visited Puerto Rico, and Mexico. I took one group tour of Portugal and Spain. I also once visited the Dominican Republic. Another time I went to Caracas, Venezuela (The only place I didn’t like.) I was also in Guatemala in February (I think it was 1976) when a major earthquake took place.
In this Country I visited Washington DC. (I think that was 1970.) I also once visited Walt Disney World in Florida (1974), and then Miami Beach. (Where they’d paved Paradise and put in a parking lot, back in the 1920s.) I also visited Scranton Pennsylvania. That’s where my father grew up. I was visiting relatives.
During all those visits I always carried my Kodak Instamatic camera, with which I must have taken a few hundred photos. Most of them are now inside a few old albums, which I hardly ever look at.
The most outstanding photo is one I took while in Guadalajara, Mexico, in February 1979. I happened to be there when newly elected Pope John Paul II was also visiting, on his first overseas visit. I have a picture I took of him riding by, standing in the back of an open convertible, waving at the cheering crowd.
Now I’m not sure, but is there a way to make copies of many of those old pictures, so I can post then on the internet, without having to spend who knows how many hundreds of dollars?

nrhatch - February 24, 2018

To post then on the internet, you can scan them (to create digital files) and then post them on FB (or other sites that accept photos) using digital links.

Good luck!

10. L. Marie - February 26, 2018

I never joined Instagram. I don’t want to have to stare at my phone any longer than I already do!

nrhatch - February 26, 2018

Same here, LM. The less time I spend “on line,” the happier I be.

11. Debra - March 2, 2018

What a fascinating article, Nancy! I am a little unsure of how I feel about it all. Part of me enjoys the potential of interaction and even the ability to explore a little creativity, but so often even a simple social media exchange ends up being over-the-top excessive. When it becomes competitive–I’m out!

nrhatch - March 2, 2018

I’m right where you are, Debra. It’s fun to share shots of us doing fun stuff, but it’s silly to be competitive about it ~> “my life is better than your life” shots turn me off. 😀

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