Hi Julia, thanks for taking part in Real Users Club! Can you introduce yourself?
“I am Julia Clark, I’m 29 years old, and I currently work in retail. I like spiders, and drawing+
What does a typical week look like for you?
“Work, house work, and mostly gaming and picture taking.”
The personal side of social media
Julia doesn’t really use Instagram to share photos with other people, instead it’s a way for her to capture things for herself. “I know a lot of people use it as a platform to show off, get followers, but I use it as a mental catalogue of instances and moments that are linked to how I was feeling, so I can go back through it and say ‘Oh, that was a time when something was happening’, learning from the past.” Preserving her artwork in Instagram also provides a source of encouragement for her drawing. “It’s nice when people tap a like, but usually I just upload my drawings so I can say 'Yeah, I liked this’, so next time I feel like I suck at drawing I can just go 'Well I put that one up here, I’m not so bad’. It’s a bit of personal therapy I guess.”
I found this really interesting, because I think a lot of social apps are designed heavily around sharing our content with other people, and consuming other people’s content, rather than as a way for us to catalogue our own experiences. Julia’s approach is that most photos don’t need to be private-by-default, and although Instagram is designed to be social, it works well for her as a personal tool to augment her memory.
Julia does follow a few people and uses Instagram also as a source of artistic inspiration for her drawings.