Lion of the Blogosphere

Things that Instagram is ruining

Female friendship
Backpacker culture
Our brains
Our lives

And some people think Instagram isn’t worth blogging about. Instagram is worse the global warming!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 20, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Posted in Technology

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  1. What is Instagram ruining for grown-ass men who don’t use it?


    March 20, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    • women. it’s making them more narcissistic

      grey enlightenment

      March 20, 2018 at 4:31 PM

      • I am attracted to narcissist women.

        Jay Fink

        March 20, 2018 at 8:21 PM

      • I agree there’s a problem with women who have wildly over-inflated self images due to incessant praise on social media. On the other hand, there are apparently a lot of women who suffer from social media-induced insecurity.

        I think the bigger problem for men is dating apps like Tinder, which make it extremely easy for girls to hook up with Chad and make it extremely easy for Chad to date multiple girls at the same time without the girls being forced to confront it. This makes life difficult for men who are not in the top 10-20% of desirability since more of the girls they want are either dating Chad or have unrealistic expectations due to having dated Chad in the past.


        March 21, 2018 at 4:53 AM

  2. It seems like Trump is having a really bad couple of weeks.


    March 20, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    • the media has been running that narrative since jan 2017. trump is doing fine

      grey enlightenment

      March 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    • Doesn’t matter how many whores they bring up to testify against Trump. He will just deny, obfuscate, parry, dismiss. He has been dealing with a hostile press for 40 years. Cucks like Graham and McCain would love to have him impeached and removed, but it isn’t going to happen.


      March 20, 2018 at 4:37 PM

      • Seems weird to refer to a homo as a cuck.


        March 20, 2018 at 9:00 PM

    • Only if you have no clue as to what is happening behind the scenes.


      March 20, 2018 at 7:05 PM

      • Like how mueller is secretly winding down despite every outward appearance? And how Trump has actually been a super secret really great president who plays the sellout gullible buffoon for some reason?


        March 21, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    • McCabe fired for wrongdoing, popular tariffs shore up support in Rust Belt, and North Korea agrees to negotiate denuclearization. Really highlights Scott Adams’ point about people watching different movies that you could characterize the past few weeks as “bad” for the President.


      March 21, 2018 at 7:47 AM

      • The north korea thing was before the start of the bad news. The tariffs haven’t been instituted yet and failed to swing the PA house race for the republican there, which everyone thinks was the reason for the whole proposal. And, we’ll have to see what happens with McCabe but it’s quite clear Trump has terrible regarding firing people in the FBI. Hopefully it does blow up so he’s less likely to fire Mueller and really create a shit storm for himself.


        March 21, 2018 at 4:28 PM

  3. Social media in general is (on the whole) toxic. It’s made people who partake in it less sociable.

    Oswald Spengler

    March 20, 2018 at 2:59 PM

  4. This is hilarious. This is one of your better posts.


    March 20, 2018 at 3:03 PM

  5. There will be a major social media backlash in the next few years. Facebook is awful at this point. I am too connected into it at this point. I also like the messenger so there’s that.

    S Marta Ss

    March 20, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    • Ppl predicted that 3 years ago and yet Facebook and Instagram are more popular than ever. Everyone is on it and ppl use it to eavesdrop on their friends and family.

      grey enlightenment

      March 20, 2018 at 4:41 PM

      • Zuck has an established monopoly on social media, hard for anyone else to compete. Even Google couldn’t compete against it.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 20, 2018 at 4:44 PM

      • We’ll see what happens in the next few years–the news of the last few days suggests Democrats may cripple Facebook to scapegoat them for crooked Hillary’s defeat and to make it harder for future GOP candidates to amass useful demographic and marketing data. This could include legislation and shunning by “influencers.”


        March 20, 2018 at 4:55 PM

      • “Everyone is on it and ppl use it to eavesdrop on their friends and family.”

        that’s why my account is under a false name, marked private and restricted to immediate family.


        March 20, 2018 at 6:10 PM

      • Most people I know have fb accounts but check it very rarely (3x month maybe). When I have checked up on ‘friends’ pages I note many haven’t been updated in years. During dinner convo recently friends speaking of another couple, also friends, noted disparagingly that ‘they’ve been posting on Facebook.’

        Seems to me the bloom is off the fb rose.


        March 20, 2018 at 9:06 PM

      • Facebook started out as exclusively for college students (you actually had to have a .edu email address to sign up for it) but the kids abandoned it once everybody and their grandma joined it and Mom and Dad could see your keg stand/slutty Halloween costume photos. Oh, sure, many young people still make Facebook accounts, but they don’t actively use them. Nowadays the kids are more active on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.


        March 21, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    • Allow me to nerd out. Pervasive IPV6 will obviate all these internet giants. It will happen over the next eight years. IPV4 is slowly failing for lack of addresses, and systems will be forced to migrate forward.

      When every device on the internet can talk to every other device, Facebook and Twitter et al. are obviated. Distributed and P2P protocols will retake control of the internet, as was the case back in the 90s. There will be no need for billion dollar companies. Something like Facebook will be an opensource application with a dozen variations talking a protocol.

      This is going to happen way sooner than people blathering on about regulation policy anticipate. Youtube will be a Myspace style ghost-yard within eight years.

      Another impending development is ubiquitous and super cheap availability of the internet via satellite. The wheels are clearly rolling on this now with a bunch of swarm satellite startups. You will not need an expensive local ISP or cell provider subscription pretty soon, and your devices will be able to talk to every other device in the world pretty soon. Facebook, and every similar centralized intermediary, are doomed.


      March 21, 2018 at 7:29 PM

  6. Why?

    I thought Instagram was an improvement over Twitter.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    March 20, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    • Do you think that Instagram is a good way to market a product TuJ? For all the reasons Lion thinks it’s bad, I think it would be a good way to get around the PTB.


      March 21, 2018 at 2:03 PM

  7. They said video would end movie theaters [it did end porn theaters].

    That ebooks would make people stop buying books.

    The only prediction like this that came true (that I can think of) is the fall of subscription news media.


    March 20, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    • Both of those things are in decline.


      March 20, 2018 at 5:37 PM

      • There’s nothing in movie theaters any more besides superhero movies.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM

      • I agree box office movies have been getting worse and worse.

        Did you know hispanics buy the most movie tickets of any group in the US?


        March 21, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    • That’s not such a bad thing.

      Rudy Carrera

      March 20, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    • I thought the book publishing industry was a mere shell of its former self.


      March 20, 2018 at 9:09 PM

      • Given how many bookstores have closed, there have to be fewer physical books being moved.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 21, 2018 at 10:11 AM

      • Book revenue has not gone down, but physical book sales have.

        I’ve bought 4 ebooks so far this year and one physical book.


        March 21, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    • The internet irony has allowed people to become anonymous and narcissistic at the same time, and it also open to all sorts of trouble. Crossed someone or rub someone the wrong way? And you’re plastered on facebook and instagram, and that’s just asking for trouble.

      Too bad social media didn’t exist during the Godfather movies. This would have been a hit man’s wonder to pump bullets into someone who just told the world where’s he’s with Twitter.


      March 20, 2018 at 10:33 PM

      • JS, I’m pretty sure that any wiseguy who went on social media would have been fitted for cement loafers.


        March 21, 2018 at 10:20 AM

      • Most people who are on facebook and instagram are idiots.

        The mere presence on social media allows law enforcement and avengers to find their targets.

        A word of wise is to be careful of your bad behavior offline — yet most online narcissist are just morons.


        March 21, 2018 at 10:53 AM

  8. Instagram is harmless, while I’d never post anything there in a million years, I do enjoy skimming over random accounts. I can’t my interest exactly, it’s kind of like rummaging through a strangers’ photo albums and finding bits of it interesting. Seriously, what exactly is prompting this lashing out by you, you seem obsessed.


    March 20, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    • Instagram is just another form of prole drifting like tattoos. Incessant non-sense via photography. Do we call this prole? I would.


      March 21, 2018 at 1:06 PM

  9. I find it hilarious when married women comment or like some other guy’s photo. I just wonder what their husband must be thinking. It seems normal for a married woman to post photos of herself and a bunch of guys leave comments and likes. It just seems a little odd when the woman likes photos of other guys.

    Ronald McDonald

    March 20, 2018 at 5:11 PM

  10. I know everyone under 30 abandoned Fakebook for Instagram and Snapcrap, but they seem no worse than Fakebook. They’re both vehicles for (mostly) solipsistic female attention-seeking. Instagram doesn’t “ruin” things any more than Fakebook did.


    March 20, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    • Facebook is based on your social circle. Your feed consists simply of stuff your “friends,” who are almost entirely people you know from real life, have posted. Whereas Instagram is more about discovering new accounts based on “hash tags” that interest you, plus your search page displays random photos their AI thinks will interest you based on what you’ve viewed in the past, so if you view a bunch of fitness babes, Instagram will start showing you more fitness babes. So on Facebook, a hot chick could post a bikini photo and a bunch of betas would “like” it and fawn over it in the comments, but the effect would be limited to guys she already knew, while on Intsagram, a hot chick can post a bikini photo, log in the next day, and find she has 50,000 followers.


      March 21, 2018 at 1:41 PM

      • “plus your search page displays random photos their AI thinks will interest you based on what you’ve viewed in the past, so if you view a bunch of fitness babes, Instagram will start showing you more fitness babes. ”

        So it’s NOT random, it’s a very non-random algorithm.

        “So on Facebook, a hot chick could post a bikini photo and a bunch of betas would “like” it and fawn over it in the comments, but the effect would be limited to guys she already knew, while on Intsagram, a hot chick can post a bikini photo, log in the next day, and find she has 50,000 followers.”

        Which is why Instagram is so much more important for marketing. No one can become Facebook famous the way they can become “Insta-famous.”

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 21, 2018 at 1:45 PM

      • Yes, “random” was a poor choice of words; I meant “from strangers, not based on people you’re already connected to.”


        March 21, 2018 at 1:53 PM

  11. What is instagram?


    March 20, 2018 at 6:50 PM

  12. Since the end of Western Elite culture c.1914-1945, we’ve seen the ascendancy of middle-class culture and in the digital era prole culture. I see no end in sight, so I guess enjoy the thirst traps, gentlemen, although I refuse to imbibe and go back to reading Milton and listening to Saint-Saens. At least the digital world offers comforts to semi-hermits as well.

    Jack Cade

    March 20, 2018 at 8:44 PM

    • Jack Cade, you’re absolutely right. No one has to let the tawdriness of our times drag them down. I tell people, use a library card to read Milton, borrow Saint-Saens CDs, or check out DVDs of Hitchcock, John Ford, etc.


      March 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    • The elites are trying to find ways to separate from the commoners, because most tangibles are affordable to the average person.

      Knowledge acquisition seems to be the neo-elite consumption.


      March 21, 2018 at 11:14 AM

  13. I think youtube is causing more people to go to certain places because people put up their videos of their vacation. I think Zion Nat Park has increased their attendance a lot the last several years and it might have to do with people posting their videos of Angels Landing on youtube.

    What is ruining travel is that more people are traveling because more people can afford it so places get more crowded. The world population has increased too so there are more people who want to go Rome or Paris or the Grand Canyon and a larger percent of the population who can afford it.


    March 20, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    • Meh, there are still plenty of wild places. I could post Instagram pictures of where I was yesterday (remote Joshua Tree), and no one would follow because it takes too much effort to get there for your average adventuring hipster. Rugged landscape protects itself. The minute you put roads/trails up, yeah, it’s only a matter of time before an area gets popular, whether via Instagram posts or old fashioned word of mouth.

      Seth Largo (@SethLargo)

      March 21, 2018 at 12:22 PM

  14. From Horseshoe Bend to the nearest Walmart is…two miles. I wouldn’t call that remote.


    March 20, 2018 at 9:23 PM

    • Exactly. Maybe if there were thousands of Instagram kids suddenly making trips to Lava River Cave in winter, I’d be concerned about this phenomenon. But nothing listed in the article counts as “remote” “nature.”

      Seth Largo (@SethLargo)

      March 21, 2018 at 12:27 PM

  15. “Instagram” have been an incredible boon to AI and VR.

    Only the Logos is more instant -gram.


    March 20, 2018 at 11:30 PM

  16. People are only beginning to realize how much social media will eventually cost them.

    I predict business models like Facebook and Google will eventually be illegal.


    March 21, 2018 at 3:36 AM

  17. I read the article on Instagram ruining fitness. The thrust of the article is that people doctor their pictures to make themselves seem fitter than they really are; put those pictures on Instagram; and then use them to sell snake oil type fitness programs. Making life difficult for honest trainers.

    I am kind of skeptical about this, there have always been snake oil salesmen in the fitness industry and it’s hard to believe that Instagram has made things that much worse. The kind of person who would buy fitness products based on doctored Instagram photos probably would have bought the Ab-Blaster back in the 80s based on those cheesy commercials which showed super-fit people using the product.


    March 21, 2018 at 5:01 AM

    • And when it comes to weights, either you lifted it or you didn’t. Instagram won’t help.



      March 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM

  18. I just read the article about backpacking, I’m skeptical of that too. For a long time now, travel — for most people — has always been about signalling. Instagram provides an efficient way to show the world that you should be accorded more social status by having visited some exotic locale.


    March 21, 2018 at 8:04 AM

  19. As far as fitness is concerned, at age 71 Sylvester Stallone almost certainly is stronger and more muscular than 99% of the chix who post their fitness photos on Instagram:



    March 21, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    • he uses steroids and HGH. Musculature and fitness based on artificial hormones is not impressive.

      Otis the Sweaty

      March 21, 2018 at 7:29 PM

  20. There are basically 3 mediums, Insta where women advertise their beauty, youtube where man advertise their skills and opinions and the various messaging apps where people communicate and exchange information, women probably more than men. This is normal human activities which happened since the dawn of civilisation, only the medium changed, that’s all. Facebook control the feminine side of those mediums with Instagram, messenger and Whatsup, Google controls the masculine side which is youtube because Facebook DNA is social while Google DNA is engineering. Facebook itself is just the new phone index book.


    March 21, 2018 at 4:45 PM

  21. Control for IQ, and individuals who lean the far right of the bell curve are less likely to have a facebook or instagram account.


    March 21, 2018 at 5:43 PM

  22. True, most people going to the Grand Canyon are not going to hike to the bottom, but they will make it crowded at the top just like the main valley at Yosemite. Although now they have to give permits for Half Dome and the JMT southbound so it doesn’t get too crowded.

    Horshoe Bend mentioned in the story is right off 89 and it looks like it is an easy walk for most to people to get to it. It says it’s only 1.5 round trip. Make it an 8-mile round trip with a 2000 ft elevation gain and that would deter most people and probably even less than that.


    March 21, 2018 at 6:51 PM

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