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Instagram is my haven from rage-filled social media | Rebecca Nicholson7 Mar 2017, 11:24am

Instagram is my haven from rage-filled social media | Rebecca Nicholson

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The photo-sharing site still offers moments of kindness – and we all need a slice of rainbow cake once in a while Like many people, I have had the moment where I have turned my back on Facebook. I’ve given up on being so connected, frustrated at how difficult it is to sit through anything without the unthinking reflex of a diversionary scroll through what people I have met at parties or old jobs are up to. But in the past, my freedom from Facebook has only ever lasted for a few weeks. I’ve always been back, digital tail between my legs, tentatively liking a status update about something funny my nephew has done. This time, however, I’ve cracked it. It was almost inadvertent. Tired of my phone constantly running out of space for very important photos of my dog, I read a memory-saving recommendation that suggested deleting the hefty Facebook app. It was the clean break that I needed. Now, I check it, on my laptop, once or twice a day. I no longer get notifications. I don’t spend hours scrolling all the way down, because on the browser, it’s too easy to accidentally like a holiday snap from a schoolfriend you haven’t spoken to since 2001, and that is as creepy as it is mortifying.
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