Let’s face it — it can definitely be said that social media is at the center of everyone’s lives these days. But as much as we love and rely on social media for not only entertainment, but communication and even professional purposes, there are things people post on social media that make us want to reach through the computer and thump them on the head.
To honor the most annoying people on social media and maybe bring to some of the offenders’ attention their annoying social media traits, here’s a compiled list of posts you should avoid if you don’t want everyone to secretly (or maybe openly) think you’re off your hinges.
The “No Make-up” picture post:
Every Instagram user has seen it — the girl who posts a picture in which she is supposedly wearing zero make-up with the caption “No make-up today! #Rough #BumStatus #Gross #Ugly.”
Everyone knows that, for most girls, posting a self-photo to Instagram is a sacred process. It involves snapping several pictures, deciding which one you look best in and then choosing which filter tops it off perfectly.
It is a rare occasion when a female willingly posts a picture to social media in which she thinks she looks bad. The no make-up picture is a classic case of “The Compliment Fisher.”
You don’t think you look bad and you’re simply fishing for a flow of comments saying, “You look so beautiful without make-up,” “I don’t know why you wear make-up, you look great without it,” etc. Next time, we’ll be sure to leave a comment telling you how gross you actually look.
The super sappy, overly emotional boyfriend/girlfriend shout-out:
I was 16-years-old once, so even I can’t pretend I didn’t make one or two very public, pathetic displays of affection for an old boyfriend via social media. I’m sure everyone hated it, and I know I want to dropkick my 16-year-old self for doing it.
We get it: you’re “head-over-heels” in love, you’re happy, you’re blissful, all that awesome lovey-dovey stuff. We’re glad you’re happy, but really the only person that gives a rat’s bottom about the three paragraph confession of eternal love you just wrote on Facebook is you and the person it’s about — actually, they’re so annoying, I don’t even know if that person cares. To sum it up: keep the loving private.
The self-loathing post:
In a similar category to “The Compliment Fishers” we have those who are “The Sympathy Fishers.” I present to you the self-loathing post. When you thought dealing with your own problems was draining enough, you then get the pleasure of reading about others’ online.
The self-loathing post is ridiculous for a number of reasons. One, if the problem was really that personal and serious to you, would you be posting it on social media? Two, if you were really that burdened with problems, would you be wasting your time posting about them online? Three, don’t you find it a bit inappropriate and strange to post about your life problems on social media, especially the serious ones? And finally, four, do you really think that many people care? Somewhere there must be a memo floating around letting us all know that Facebook and Twitter are synonymous with “therapist.”
The ambiguous self-loathing post:
The ambiguous self-loathing post is the half-sibling of the self-loathing post. The only thing that could be worse than you pouring your problems out via social media is implying that you are distraught but not telling anybody why that is. There is no better way to describe this than by providing a few examples of what the ambiguous self-loathing post might look like:
· Can’t take this anymore. I just want life to go back to the way it used to be.
· Seriously? So fed up with everything and everybody. FML!
· It’s one thing after another. Why me?
If you’re going to annoy everyone by posting about life’s burdens on social media sites, at least let us know why you’re complaining. Instead of asking what’s wrong like I know you want us all to do, maybe I’ll start telling you to suck it up.
The ambiguous self-loathing post is like the cliffhanger ending to a poorly-written novel — you don’t really care what happens but now you have to know simply because the information is being withheld.
I’m sure we’ve all posted a thing or two online that no one really cares about but if you’re a repeat offender of making posts like the ones listed above, you may want to reevaluate the way you use social media.
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