Maybe it’s because I’m sick, maybe it’s because I have deep surpressed anger, or maybe it’s because it’s been on my mind… Whatever the reason, I’m back with another rant in my 400 words rants series. As always, I voice my opinion on a topic of my choice in 400 words or less, so here we go!
With social media taking over, unfollowing, unfriending and blocking people have become the digital middle finger. In some situations I completely see why. However, unfollowing is not always the horrible thing people make it out to be.
A while ago, I looked through somebody’s Instagram and realised that I wasn’t really a fan. To me, it was too much of the same, and wasn’t my cup of tea. I’d followed them for about 4/5 months, never really interacted, and didn’t want their content on my feed anymore. To me, the logical response was to unfollow. Next thing I know, I received a message: “I’m blocking you for playing the follow/unfollow game”. How does unfollowing after 4/5 months mean that I’m playing a game?
Don’t get me wrong, those follow/unfollow accounts exist, and are annoying. They have 10,000 followers, follow 5 people and immediately unfollow you when you follow back, in the hopes that you won’t notice. I’ve had one particular account do it to me 3 times in one week. However, this is in no way the same thing as unfollowing someone because you no longer agree with their content.
At the end of the day, you have to look out for yourself and your own wellbeing. If you’re triggered, bored, or simply don’t like someones content, you shouldn’t be blamed for distancing yourself from it! Unfollowing/blocking/unfriending is not always done maliciously. We need to stop associating all of it with bitterness. I used to be terrified that unfollowing someone would get me labelled “fake”, but honestly, if it did, that would be so stupid. I do believe that some people unfollow for the wrong reasons, but the majority don’t and we need to back off with the blaming.
Don’t like someone? Unfollow. Don’t like their content? Unfollow. Don’t let everyone convince you it’s a mean thing to do.
What are your thoughts when it comes to unfollowing? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to discuss it!
Lots of love,
Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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