"Let's be honest, 100 years ago, this would have been WITCH CRAFT!" So said Drew, while holding up his iPhone, exasperatedly talking about people who have been (ahem) bitching about the adds Instagram has been rolling out over the last few months.
First, let us address the heart of the matter- Adds on Instagram.
Dear people who are obsessed with their phones, people who will have carpal tunnel from using their thumbs to type and swipe photos across the screen, to those with neck problems from continually staring down at a small rectangle of glass (checking to be sure they aren't missing out on anything in cyberspace)...
I'm not sure if you know this but... INSTAGRAM IS FREE!
So stop your complaining and scroll past the add. Does it hurt you? NO. Does it take more time to scroll past than other photos? NO. Are they really that intrusive... NO! Do they annoy you? Sure...
Here's the deal, if you don't like it, don't subscribe to their service. You would no longer experience FOMO from your friends/people who you wish to be your friends photos. You would be more present in your daily life. Your neck problems would be quickly resolved... and the rest of us wouldn't have to see the copious amount of pointless curses you slurred under the photos of the new Lexus IS. (Full disclosure, I worked on the campaign... so maybe I am bias... but seriously the best humans on the planet were involved, so stop hurting their feelings!)
I get it... it is inconvenient and taking away from your stream of closely curated images smattered with your friends kid photos and the weird images from that guy you can't unfollow, but you guys, this isn't the end of the world. I realize I am overly simplifying things... however, I promise you, Instagram has your best, photo obsessed interests at heart (so quit your griping and get back to gramming!)
Now if you will excuse me, something amazing is happening and I must capture and share it before the moment has passed.