Please stop it with those obviously posed ‘nap time’ selfies on Instagram
I’ll admit it, I am a huge fan of Instagram.
I’m guilty of posting a selfie or two. Frequent photos of my cats: check. And obviously if my lunch looks glorious, I’m going to stick a filter on it.
I also use the photo-sharing app to have a nose into the lives of other people. To see where they’re holidaying, how their fitness regimes are progressing (while I’m generally sat in bed stuffing my face with Oreos), and of course to take food inspiration for future filter-worthy photos.
But these are all pretty reasonable uses and pretty interesting posts. But you know what’s not reasonable nor interesting? Photos of people sleeping.
And no, I’m not talking photos of people’s other halves taking a nap or dreaming babies. I’m talking about those photos that people have actually taken of themselves with their eyes closed and their heads back resting on a pillow. Sometimes these photos will be captioned #naptime, while other times people will even go as far as to pretend they’ve been caught in the act and snapped.
But to these people, I SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU.
I see your closed eyes pointed at the camera, the tiniest bit open to check your facial expression is Instagram-worthy enough. Your chin enough in the air so as not to cause it to double-up and your hair perfectly positioned on a pillow. This was not a candid shot. This was not someone else’s snap. This was you, laying back on a bed with a camera in the air pretending to be asleep.
And I want to know WHY.
Now I know, this isn’t a first-world problem and really it shouldn’t bother me. And yes, I do have bigger problems in my life. But right now I’m focusing on the smaller issues. Today, that’s nap selfies.
I just don’t understand them. I find them infuriating. When the rest of the world is showing off their active and luxury lifestyles why would you want to fill your feed with sleeping eyes?
But the picture isn’t the worst bit – it’s the process.
I find it hard enough taking a decent photo of myself without wanting to crack up at my serious expression or inability to pose. So I just don’t know how anyone can take themselves seriously as they fall back into their beds and pretend someone has taken a photo of them sound asleep.
Especially when you can see their shoulder is at an incredibly odd angle from cutting out the arm that is holding the camera above their ‘sleepy head’.
I get it, some people look really cute when they sleep and a candid shot of ‘bae’ dreaming can always be a nice photo to look back on.
But when I scroll through and see a photo of someone actually trying to convince their followers that they somehow miraculously had this super gorgeous photo of themselves taken while they were asleep, I can’t help but wonder what the point of the photo is.
Is it to show others how beautiful they are when they sleep? I mean, if that is the case it’s working – I look like a drooling sack of potatoes during my slumber. Or is it to show off that while others are working their 9-5, they’re busy getting their beauty sleep?
Either or, both reasons are infuriating, and are enough to warrant an unfollow.
Not only do I not want liars on my feed (come on fake sleepy people, we all see right through you), but I do not want to be reminded that other people actually get to spend their days trying to find the perfect camera angle in bed while I’m here writing about how annoying it is.
But that’s not the point.
The point is, Instagram can be annoying enough as it is already, what with its ability to have a seriously detrimental affect on our self-esteem in terms of pressuring us to compare our lives to the lives of those we follow.
And so alongside scrolling through photo after photo of people living their best lives, or at least the lives they want to show on social media, the last thing I want to see is someone pretending ‘bae’ took a candid shot of them as they were looking cute, with perfect hair and makeup, head nicely posed, pretending to have been caught in the act of napping.
Not only does it make me wonder why my own boyfriend isn’t taking wonderful photos of me sleeping (which would be hard, given the drooling thing) but it’s also uncomfortable to scroll past.