Maintaining friendships with people you don’t see regularly by reply to their insta stories is underrated.
Many criticise social media as a sort of Truman show - always on - performative element to it.
I think it becomes that when you have an audience of faceless / weak ties that follow you.
But used correctly, have only family/friends follow you - and then you can step into part of their life.
Similarly, they can glimpse views of your life.
Overall, I’m not huge on social media, but I’ve found the ephemerality of instagram stories, combined with sharing with people you know irl - has been really fun!
I love replying to people’s stories.