Use my camera in a museum? You bet!

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LA museums encourage use of cameras, social media sites

Instagram museums are starting to pop up across America, especially in Los Angeles, using art as a tool to increase likes and followers.

These museums look at Instagrammers’ styles to create exhibits with trendy backdrops, colorful lighting and props.

Jamie Counihan, freshman entrepreneurship major, visited an Instagram museum and said she enjoyed the experience.

“Instagram pop-ups definitely feed the obsession of a perfect Instagram feed, but social media users who try to make memories will want to visit fun places like this,” Counihan said.

Many new museums are in the Los Angeles area such as 29Rooms and Candytopia. The price of admission typically ranges from $25-$40.

Tim Klepzig, freshman undeclared major, said he understands the attraction of the museums to social media influencers but not the cost.

“A day at a museum sounds like it could be fun, but paying $30 just to get a cute picture isn’t worth it in my book,” Klepzig said.

Eimy Estrada, marriage and family trainee at the California Baptist University Counseling Center, said the negative effects of social media could increase through the obsession with these bright, colofrul museums.

“Obsession with social media can develop into a false perception of thinking, which could develop thoughts of not being good enough. This can result in feeling depressed, fears of failure and low self-esteem,” Estrada said.

As Instagram museums are built around the ideas of creative social media posts, negative effects and harmful social comparison can also be a result of an obsession of social media.

These museums encourage creativity with colorful picture possibilities that college students would enjoy.

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