Social media is currently bubbling with misinformation, mild panic and COVID memes. The overwhelming nature of social media i probably the last thing people need right now. It’s a perfect time for a mobile phone break, a time for family, focus and health. If, however, you can’t part with your apps why not take a look at some alternative pages that can take your mind off what’s going on in the outside world.
The following list features some art pages, some places to get information without the hysteria, and some human pages to bring a bit of the outside, in.
All will be tagged in my original post on Instagram. (@hinnaaamanijourno)
Being inside can feel disconnecting. @humansofny explores individual stories within New York City one post at a time. Each image posted may not look particularly interesting or special at first glance but the caption tells another story. It’s a really refreshing take on the way we share information and stories on social media.
Susan Spungen is a cook, author, recipe developer but also a very renowned food stylist. Yep, food stylists exist, it essentially is a branch of photography used by food magazines and shows to make recipes look irresistible. Susan’s instagram page consists of food, food and more food. Sweet treats, to healthy snacks and everything inbetween but what makes it more interesting is the level of creativity she takes in presenting her bites. It’s no wonder she’s featured in some of the biggest and best food publications!
Weird one this. There’s no real set audience for this page, there’s also no real set explanation for what sort of posts they share. Some images consist of magnificent landscapes, some that look real and some potentially fiction with videos that twist the eye and the brain. It’s the Instagramm verion of falling down a YouTube hole. Definitely worth checking out!
This page is just a really great make-up artist who transforms herself into countless cartoon characters. From old scoobydoo monsters and Disney characters to princesses and famous game faces. If you like vintage characters, cosplay or art, this is a page for you.
You all (should) know Ashley Graham. She’s an American model and TV presenter best known for her advocacy for plus size representation in the fashion industry. Graham started her own podcast show ‘Pretty Big Deal Pod’ in 2018, interviewing and getting to know celebrities such as reality star Kim Kardashian, model, Halima Aden and actress Shay Mitchell. It’s a sofa chat-show revamped, taking on classic Oprah like topics with a chatty sisterhood tone.
Given that we’re preparing to spend a lot of time at home now, it’s possible that a lot of you are looking at the same four walls all day thinking ‘i could redecorate you know’. If you are feeling that way there are many pages on Instagram to get the creative ball rolling. One favourite of mine is @my.bdrm. It’s a non stop surge of aesthetics, plants, and cool colours for those who like a relaxed bedroom vibe.
Doesn’t seem particularly exciting, it’s the publication that most people pass by but in actual fact it’s one of the most interesting. It has no sensationalism, no controversial headlines, just straight, simple, fact-checked journalism. Their Instagram site provides occasional nuggets of fun bite sized information in the form of data graphics.
More straight taking journalism comes from Global News Anchor, TV personality and Author Katie Couric. She has been on the screen for years, known and loved by many. If you want to keep up with the news but want to receive it from a trusted individual rather than an unknown writer sitting behind a newspapers Instagram page then this is the account to follow.
At such a distressing time for many, you might want to implement some new mantras into your life. Admittedly there are many quote pages out there, Instagram for one is saturated. But there’s always a few that stick out from the crowd, whether it be for their whimsical ways of wording or their pretty pictures. This is just one that my eye enjoyed, it’s wort checking out for some fresh affirmations to get you through.
Finally, Earth Pix. This one seemed fitting purely because we are all missing nature a little bit. Not because of self distancing and isolation but the fact we’ve all so suddenly forgotten about – Climate Change. It was on everybody’s lips until COVID19 came along and suddenly the earth didn’t seem as important. However, amid the havoc, we’ve been leaving the planet somewhat undisturbed and it’s been sighted that wildlife are starting to reappear in places they once couldn’t tolerate.
There’s so many more interesting Instagram accounts to follow but there isn’t enough time. I’ll do a part two but for now I hope these will freshen up your feed for a while because we really don’t know just how long we’re going to be stuck indoors!
As I said, all will be tagged in my original post on Instagram. (@hinnaaamanijourno), enjoy!!
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