I can think of lots of examples of things in our lives that we consider “free” but we don’t realize there’s often a very large hidden cost.
If you’ve ever sat in a time share sales meeting to get that free cabana for a day then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
But the example I want to discuss here is Instagram.
Instagram is completely free. None of us have ever paid a dime to use it. But I’d argue it might be one of the most expensive things in our lives.
How many things have we purchased as a result of seeing something on Instagram? Things for the house? Clothes? Health stuff?
It’s an app that constantly reminds us of how mediocre our lives are compared to everyone else’s.
Being on Instagram is like walking through the most aesthetically pleasing shopping mall full of boutique retailers every single day. How can we live a life of contentment in that situation?
Is it really free?
This is a question that we should be asking ourselves when something “free” comes along.
In economics, there’s a saying that goes “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” And it means that someone always pays. Free doesn’t exist.