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My Five Least Favorite Instagram Trends

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1.  Reposting Instagram Birthday Shoutouts

We get it. It’s your birthday. But believe it or not, there’s a funny thing about birthdays: everyone on earth has one. I’m not a huge fan of the “birthday shoutout” to begin with, but I’ve accepted the fact that it’s going to happen, and that’s fine. What we don’t need, though, is you reposting every single person who gives you one on your story. It’s annoying. It’s dumb. It’s something that, when I see it, makes me want to hop on a Greyhound Arizona so that I can hurl myself into the Grand Canyon. That way, even if I somehow manage to survive such a massive fall, I’ll be stuck there for the rest of my life, which will prevent me from being able to murder the people that do this. Seriously, I’d rather get the same treatment Will Ferrell did in Austin Powersfrom Dr. Evil and get thrown in a burning fire pit than have to tap through fifteen reposts of someone wishing you a happy birthday. Just say thank you and move the fuck on.

2. Meaningless Anniversary Posts

If you’re in a loving and committed relationship, I’m happy for you. And if you feel like you need to post something when you and your sex buddy have spent another year together, go for it. But guess what: dating for two months? Not an accomplishment. Neither is three, neither is four, neither is eleven. No one needs to hear about the fact that you’ve spent seven weeks and three days with the same person. It’s not significant. I don’t update anyone when I take a regular poop. It’s got to be a ghost poop or a ridiculously massive log for me to feel like it’s important enough to update the world, and I think if people considered that line of logic before spamming my feed with a relationship that is still young enough to be aborted.

3. Putting Your Post on Your Instagram Story

Unless you’re running some kind of business or something like that, you have to stop this. Instagram has this weird way of working where if you scroll down through your feed, you’ll see the posts of anyone you follow. So, since it works that way, there’s really no need for you to put your own post on your story. We’re going to see it anyway. It’s bad enough that I have to see people’s posts that I don’t really care about once because there’s some kind of social construct that if I know you, I should follow you on Instagram, but if you’re one of the assholes that forces it into my feed twice, there’s a special place in hell just for you.

4. Having an Instagram for Your Dog

I mean, come the fuck on. Why in God’s name would anyone do this? It’s just one of the stupidest things someone can do, and it makes me irrationally angry when I see it.

5. Posts for Someone who Doesn’t Have Instagram

If someone doesn’t have Instagram, there’s a very strong probability that they aren’t scrolling through their feed wondering why no one has posted for their birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or some other event of the sort. So stop posting for them! Shoutouts are annoying enough as they are, but when the person won’t even see them, it makes it a fuck of a lot worse.

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