Reasons to start fresh and make a new Instagram account

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Have you ever thought about throwing caution to the wind and starting anew? You could change your look, your name and even your description. That’s right — you could do all of that if you changed your Instagram account. “Why would I do that?” you ask. Well, there are a slew of benefits that come with recreating yourself on social media.

The finsta complex

For those of you with a finsta, there are two main reasons why you might want to make a new one. First, there’s a pretty high chance that unwanted followers (such as that kid down the hall) might have requested to follow you. No matter how many times you decline, they keep coming back. A new handle will clear that issue right up. Second, if you have any risqué posts, Instagram may be monitoring your account. Throw ‘em off your trail with a new account and post whatever you like.

The FBI guy

Along the same lines of throwing people off your trail, confuse the FBI guy monitoring all your social media. While a new account might not completely dumbfound him, he will have more to pay attention and thus won’t be at the top of his game when you order a piece online.

The high schoolers

No, I don’t mean current high schoolers. I’m talking about the people from high school, who you don’t even like in the first place, who are still following your Instagram account. I mean, that’s just weird. And it takes far too long to go through all of your followers and delete them. Might as well just make a new account.

The fewer likes, the better

A new account means fewer followers as you’re starting out. That means fewer likes. While that may not seem ideal at first, it actually works to your benefit because you won’t feel so bad about yourself for only getting 20 likes. Instead of people just ignoring your photo, you will know it’s because you created a new account. Plus, you can pretend that you’re just an alternative indie person who doesn’t care about social media.

The aesthetic

New photos! New photos! New photos! Not only will you leave your intensely filtered posts of the past behind, you will have the opportunity to completely revamp your aesthetic. This is important because, at the end of the day, we all know our worth as human beings is completely dependent on how well we present ourselves on social media.

The DM-ers

That one dude who keeps DMing you will have a tough time once you create your new account. His DMs will remain unseen while you reign over your inbox and are free to view all of the memes coming your way.

The bad photos

Perhaps this is more of an issue on Facebook, but don’t fool yourself — there are ugly tagged photos of you on Instagram as well. If you’ve ever stalked someone’s social media, you know this. Get rid of your bad haircuts of the past and live your best life with a new Instagram.

The choice is yours.

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