Remember when social media was a way to escape the all-seeing eye of your parents? Sorry, that’s ancient history. The requests have started rolling in: Facebook, Instagram, even—what is going on here??—Snapchat. It’s gotten so bad that you’re contemplating going off the grid entirely. Siobhan Rosen says slow down, take a deep breath, and follow these tips for staying sane when your parents are all up in your feed.
In an era in which we are accosted by the meals, vacations, parties, and sheer awesomeness of most everyone we know—thanks, Instagram and everyone else in Silicon Valley!—we’ve never been more aware of what we’re not doing. Which can occasionally lead to an anxiety disorder known as #FOMO—Fear of Missing Out. Will Welch identifies the symptoms and recommends a simple course of treatment.
Your life is cooler than everyone else’s, and when you go on an island vacation, that’s your time to shove it down people’s throats. If you don’t take a picture of your feet while on a beautiful beach somewhere, you may as well walk out into the ocean and keep walking.
Our pal Jenny Johnson came up with some helpful tips to getting mad popular on some software on your phone. Following these simple instructions guarantees your life will appear much better than those of everyone who follows you—and isn’t that what life is all about? Of course it is.
Instagram video has only been out a day now, but unlike with Vine, everyone is on Instagram, and our feeds are already clogged with crap; it already feels like it’s time for a correction course. An etiquette guide of sorts. Here’s some rules to follow so you won’t be, ahem, unfollowed.
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When it comes to social media, share too much and you’re boring everyone with Instagrammed appetizers. But the opposite’s just as bad: Share too little and, as Mark Byrne found out, it’s really easy to look like a shallow, self-aggrandizing jerk.