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“It has to be a personal decision, right?” she told Grazia. “So, my opinion has nothing to do with what anyone else does or doesn’t do with it.” 

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She momentarily dabbled with the app while filming the 2017 comedy Ingrid Goes West, co-starring Aubrey Plaza, which centered on a young woman who moves to Los Angeles in an effort to befriend her Instagram idol. 

Up until that time, said she had never touched it before. 

“I thought, ‘This is an interesting social experiment for myself, to see if it is a good source to talk about charities or a good source to talk about small projects, or to share something goofier about myself,’” she recalled. “But I think at the end of the day, what I discovered was one, I’m really bad at creating a perceived identity.

“I didn’t find it very organic to who I am as a person,” she continued. “I found some joy in putting up silly videos, but I think the main reason I stopped – not I think, I know the main reason why I stopped – was because of the organization in my brain.”

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The 32-year-old often found herself second guessing what she should or shouldn’t post, particularly when serious issues in the world would arise.

“Lots of horrible things happen all the time,” she said. “Or, lots of great things happen all the time. Whether it’s something terrifying, like a natural disaster or a school shooting or a death, there are so many things that happen, and I love processing information. I love reading articles. I love listening to podcasts. I love communicating about things that are happening in the world to people around me. And what I don’t love is that my brain organization was saying, ‘Should I post about this?’ That seemed very unhealthy….

“And to then contribute to these platitudes that I don’t really love, you have to subscribe to two different ways of thinking,” she continued. “So, I didn’t like that, and there was a lot of it that was just bothering me for my own sake of what value systems I have.”

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But just because Olsen — younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley — doesn’t use the app anymore, that doesn’t mean she is an Instagram hater. Like any other method of expression, she sees it as up to the individual to use it as they see fit.

“I do see a use of it and how you can use it well for work,” she says. “But I don’t think that I would like to use that tool to promote myself.”