When a great meal was served to you in 1916, you would praise it, kiss the chef, pray, and then indulge. When a great meal is served to you in 2016, you take a picture of it because it’s aesthetically pleasing and a shoo-in for a boomin’ Instagram post. But then you take it from a different angle to make it more boomin’, then another angle, then you move the fork to the north side of the plate and play with the lettuce while your date sits across the table looking at you like you’re a lunatic…and then you indulge.
Instagram is great for capturing life’s precious moments, as well as invading many other ones that shouldn’t be documented. I’ll admit that a delicious meal is well worth the picture especially if you paid a lot of money, or even better, made it yourself. As time goes on, your photo count racks up and eventually that picture gets shifted into the “load more” section. A section unseen by everybody, except your new crush, looking for evidence of past relationships, along with any other red flags such as horses or mirror selfies.
Social media baggage is a legitimate burden we throw under the rug because social media doesn’t really matter, right?
Our future lineage will have gigabytes of visual data on who you were and how you acted as a teen, while all the data you have of your upbringing are a dusty picture and a few hand-picked stories.
It’s always a good idea to tidy up your account here and there, delete pictures of past relationships, delete anything of you with braces, delete most things from the past, because what you said probably made you tilt your head and go, “Why would/did I post that?” But now, for the sake of helping others, you should delete any old posts of food. Why food? Because it’s a real problem in the country you live in.
The process is quite simple. Head on over to deletetofeed.com and log in to your Instagram account. Once logged in, go through your timeline and delete photos of a meal you shared in the past. For each photo you delete, Land O’Lakes will donate 11 meals to one of the more than 200 food banks partnered with Feeding America.
It does not appear as though the program is capable of recognizing what the photo is that is being deleted, so Land O’Lakes is trusting Instagram users to delete photos of your food. Technically, if you finally need an excuse to delete all the pictures you have of your ex, you can do in the name of charitable work (and definitely not pity).
Now comes the real question: That cheesecake picture you took that amassed over 200 likes, can you do delete it? Can you part with that slice of the internet which has become a part of your ego? That’s why people like you, because of that photo, right? Will you ever get that many likes again?
Now think about it this way: Will a hungry kid ever get to eat again? By deleting that photo you won’t make you any less cool, but the kid you feed will sure think you’re cooler than all the likes in the world.
Good job, America, and Land O’Lakes.