Instagram: do your photos represent your life?
I’m working on an assignment about Instagram and I’d be delighted if you’d spare a few minutes of your time to help me out.
My research question is: How accurately do the images that users share on Instagram represent their ‘real lives’?
To get me started, I was hoping that a few of you (those that use Instagram, ideally) would post some thoughts about the following issues:
Why do you post on Instagram?
Do you follow people you know offline, online? People you don’t know? How do you choose who to follow?
Are the photos that you post on Instagram different from those you post on Facebook or elsewhere? Are there some photos that you won’t share?
Is your profile private? Why/why not?
Do your photos represent your life? Some parts of your life?
I might not be asking the right questions here, so any other thoughts about Instagram and what you get out of it are also very welcome.
I’m hoping to conduct some interviews in the coming weeks, either face-to-face or online. If you’re interested in being involved, please let me know.
(More background: I’m working on an assignment for my Fieldwork & Interpretation module; the main aim of the assignment is to critically analyse my choice of fieldwork methods to answer the research question. My MA is in Research Methods in Education, and the main element of the projects I work on is large scale quantitative analysis. The obvious choice might have been to do a survey about a topic in education, turning opinions into numbers and looking for some unambiguous facts. But I do enough of that in my day job (and my other modules), and I don’t like to always do the obvious. Besides, being taught by a ‘proper anthropologist’ has made me think that maybe the subjective, constructivist approach makes perfect sense after all.)