Life of an Instagram Husband

Are you the designated photographer for your Instagram Wife?

Do you take more pictures with your Instagram Wife than you would take on your own?

Is your photo thumb calloused and/or blackened with wear?

Have you ever been yelled at for presuming you should only take one, maybe two, pictures of a particular pose?

Do you suffer from uncontrollable bodily twitches when you hear any mention of the words: selfie, brick wall, cat/puppy, the food has arrived, shoe, I don’t look good in this one, one more, sunset, latte?

Have you ever taken pictures of your Instagram Wife while she pretended to sleep peacefully? 

According to the website (2015), if you have answered Yes to all the questions above, then you are officially an Instagram Husband. The term Instagram Husband does not necessarily refer to marital status, relationship status, gender, or age. Anyone can be an Instagram Husband, including wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, or sons and daughters.

“Instagram Husband is a term to describe any person thrust into the role of the photographer for the sake of their loved one who is obsessed with pictures, regardless of relationship status, gender or age. Basically, you don’t have to be a husband, per se, in the common definition.” (Tech Insider)

A video from Missouri-based comedy group The Mystery Hour went viral a few days ago that highlights “the plight of the “Instagram Husband,” a title claimed by reluctant spouses who seem only to exist in the pursuit of taking the perfect Instagram photo. While a parody video, many watchers say it speaks to the document-everything, overexposed world social media has created” (Labelle, 2015)

Behind every cute girl on Instagram there is an Instagram Husband. This person automatically knows that you like a full body shot, light on the left side and a right camera angle to capture your “OOTD” or “OOTN”. They know when to tell you to suck in your belly to get that perfect toned look. Their job is to make sure you look good in the photo, no matter what happens and they are prepared (although unwillingly) to go to any lengths you might want them to achieve this. They are the poor souls that are used as the human selfie-sticks, those who can never get to any party on time because they are expected to take a million and one photos of the glam you have put on for the night and then to help you decide whether you look prettiest in Willow, Valencia or Lo-Fi.  They are the ones who can’t eat a hot meal once it arrives until you are done taking that perfect shot to share on your Instagram with the hashtag #foodporn

The Instagram Husbands know that they can and will never say no to you. They will not stop clicking until you are satisfied with the photo they have taken of you. They will be the first ones to like your photo on Instagram even when you don’t give them any photo credits. They will delete apps on their phones just to make space for all your photos. Their camera rolls will be filled with 100s of your ‘duck faces’, ‘sparrow faces’, ‘skinny arm ootd’, ‘practicing the smize Tyra Banks taught me’, ‘hand in hair’, crossed-legs’, ‘candid laugh’, ‘I woke up like this’, ‘oh you caught me off-guard’ and a million other poses.

If you are reading this and you think you are an Instagram Husband, then know that you are not alone. There are people who care for you and can relate to what you’re going through. Put down your Instagram obsessed partner’s/friend’s phone, and go to to find hope, healing, and a way through.

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