If social networks were people, Facebook would be your embarrassing mom, Twitter would be your annoying brother, Snapchat would be your best friend, and Instagram would be your shamelessly basic friend who you love to hate. For better or worse, those are facts.
I don’t care what anyone says – you go through a thought process when posting a photograph and you sit on the edge of your seat waiting for likes to come in. Doing something “for the ‘gram” is frowned upon on the surface, but you’re lying to yourself if you think people aren’t traveling with likes in mind.
Case in point – the top-Instagrammed design destinations in the United States.
L.A.’s Angel Wings
Miami’s Wynwood Walls
Seattle’s Pike Place Market
New Orleans’ French Quarter
New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge
Las Vegas’s Bellagio Fountain
Niland’s Salvation Mountain
S.F.’s Golden Gate Bridge
New York City’s Grand Central Station
Austin’s HOPE Outdoor Gallery
L.A.’s Urban Lights At LACMA
New York City’s High Line
San Diego’s Balboa Park
Chicago’s Cloud Gate
NYC’s Times Square
L.A.’s The Broad Museum
NYC’s Guggenheim Museum
San Diego’s Geisel Library
M.I.T.’s Stata Center
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art
New York City’s Cooper Union
Millennial scum. That’s the only way to describe the people we are, because each of us can pinpoint one of our friends who have posted from one of these locations in the last calendar year. While they do need to replace Austin’s HOPE Outdoor Gallery with Austin’s “I Love You So Much” graffiti, the list is truly spot on.
As self-proclaimed basic scum myself, I’ve been to the following in the age of Instagram: Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Grand Central Station, HOPE Outdoor Gallery, High Line, Times Square, Cloud Gate, The Guggenheim, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and Cooper Union. While you won’t find them on my Instagram feed because I’m self-aware enough not to post them, you could scroll through my Photos app on my laptop and find photos from all of the above.
But hey, you have to do what you have to do for the likes, am I right? Just kidding, I hate myself. .