"Time is money," they say, with the implication being that perhaps those with more money have more time. However, just like money, time is something we can make for ourselves (a bit more easily to boot.) In The Attention Economy, I poked a bit of fun at the new-agey idea particularly because it was purported by a young millennial name Trisan. However, when I was recently watching the news and heard Trump was commanding more of the attention economy based on his drawn-out news conferences, shit became increasingly real. What we devote our attention to matters, however, when it comes to social media (particularly Instagram), one might ask the perennial question of the Joker: "why so serious." Indeed, if you're like me, Instagram is a place where you can take a metal break and look at the world's beauty (even if it does make you a little jealous). But I find that when we "overstock" our feed, the platform can have the opposite effect: crowding our space with elements that are interesting but unneeded and distracting. So during quarantine, I've come to pare down my followings to a few essentials. Some of my favorites lie below. Enjoy!
Comedy: I begin with comedy because it has surprisingly become one of my favorite things on "the gram." While the platform burgeons with pictures of beautiful homes and people, there's nothing quite like something that can make you laugh.
Fuck Jerry: Obviously. Shows us that life is funnier than fiction.
The Onion: Seems to have become a "pump and dump" for content but every now and then, you come across a gem as seen below.
Violet Gray: Features beautiful (and badass) women.
CAP Beauty: Sells expensive products and dispenses free advice as to how to (legitimately) make your life more streamlined and healthy.
Into the Gloss: Beauty advice for the millennial that's the least annoying.
Art and Design: Pretty much why I'm on Instagram. While I love art and design, some accounts can be annoying by trying to engage with you (The Met, MFA Boston... I'm looking at you). No one needs to see dog-related paintings in your collection for National Puppy Day. The following accounts allow you to do your own thing and get lost in beauty (and sometimes rage... you'll see.)
Uffizi Galleries: Not annoying 'cause you can't read the Italian captions.
National Gallery: Like the Brits... straight and to the point.
Elle Decor: Pretty much my favorite Insta-account.
T Magazine: Like Elle Decor but more European and weird. Click the link in bio with caution. People who can buy $12,000 chaise lounges can also go f*&! themselves.
Vogue Weddings: Wedding porn.
Cooking: I love cooking but I need some help. The following accounts lend a hand (or just look nice).
Martha Stewart: While I don't plan on making Baked Alaska, I'll watch people do it.
NYT Cooking: You sometimes need a registered account to open their recipes but when you don't, it's well worth it.
Tasty: Love, love, love. Instructions I can see instead of read... what's not to like? In my experience, the videos seem to come on my feed at night which lulls me into a gentle, delicious sleep. Highly recommended.
Celebrity: Who are we kidding? Social media is big because it allow us to delve into the lives of the rich and famous. I guess it can be used for news too. While I'm not really big on personal accounts, there are a few below I don't mind.
Hailey Beiber: Shutup.
Kourtney Kardshian: Whatever.
Katherine Schwartzenegger: She's pretty and saves puppies.
Page Six: For when you want to laugh at celebrities and cleanse your palate of their pages.
So there you have it: a few key accounts to brighten your day. What are some of you favorite accounts? Leave them in the comments section. Kidding.