Someone had a bunch of teenagers explain how to be “cool” on social media. Here are seven rules to follow . . . and none them are about Facebook, because teens just don’t care. Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are where it’s at.
1. Pay attention to your “following” to “followers” ratio. You should have at least twice as many followers. So if you’re following a ton of people, delete them.
2. Only use hashtags ironically. Don’t use them for any other reason. And stop saying “Throwback Thursday.” Apparently it’s lame now.
3. Make your videos short, and don’t post too many. Like if you’re at a concert, don’t post 30 photos and videos to the same Snapchat Story. It’s annoying and lame.
4. Don’t post boring photos where you’re just sitting around or lying in bed. Only post photos on Instagram and Snapchat when you’re out doing something fun.
5. Don’t end your posts with a ton of emojis. The max before you seem lame is three emojis per post.
6. Stop posting photos of food. You can do it every now and then, but not too often.
7. Don’t post a ton of selfies. It makes you look like you have no friends.
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Why do people take selfies and post them on social media? Believe it or not, it’s NOT just because they’re vain. I mean, that’s one of the MAJOR reasons, of course, but it’s not the only one.
A new study out of Brigham Young University found there are three different reasons people take lots of selfies. Check ’em out . . .
- To communicate with their friends and family and engage with them. That could be like taking a selfie with your “I Voted” sticker to try to motivate other people to also vote.
- To record key events in your life and preserve memories.
- And to publicize yourself for vain or narcissistic reasons, like having people see how AMAZING your life is.
You probably know about the DUCKFACE, even if you’ve never done it yourself. It’s that face women make in selfies to look sexy, where they pucker their lips like they’re about to kiss someone.
Well, duckface is OVER. The new sexy pose for selfies is “fingermouthing.” That’s where you gently and strategically position your fingers on and around your lips.
Maybe you’re pulling on your lips a little, maybe just brushing against them, whatever it takes to look sexy and flirtatious . . . and maybe a little shy and mysterious.
A woman named Kristen Hancher who posts style photos on Instagram says it’s definitely now a “thing.”
Quote, “It feels more natural than to just pose. There’s some seductive implication as well, considering it brings focus towards the lips, but it also helps frame your face.”
I thought, why not? I figured if his bomb was real, I had nothing to lose anyway.
This MIGHT just be the craziest selfie anyone’s ever taken, and that’s not an exaggeration.
A man named Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked an EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo yesterday morning because he wanted to see his ex-wife in Cyprus. And he had a BOMB strapped around his waist.
26-year-old Ben Innes of Leeds, England was a passenger on the flight. And when the flight landed in Cyprus and swarms of cops surrounded it . . . Ben asked Seif if they could take a picture together.
Ben says, quote, “I thought, why not? I figured if his bomb was real, I had nothing to lose anyway, so I took a chance to get a closer look at it.”
Seif was down for a photo, so Ben posed next to him with a grin on his face while a flight attendant took the picture. (Even though he didn’t take the photo himself, it’s a picture he got of himself . . . so does it qualify as a selfie?)
You get a perfect look at the bomb in the photo . . . which turned out to be fake, by the way.
Seif surrendered after a few hours and he was arrested. An Egyptian official said, quote, “He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot.”
Maybe one day you’ll get sick of taking pictures of your face . . . but probably not.
A new survey found that people who were born after 1980 will take more than 25,000 selfies in their lifetime. Here are five more stats from the survey . . .
- We now spend 54 hours a year taking selfies.
- More than half of people fix their hair before they take a selfie . . . and 47% practice their facial expression.
- People spend up to seven minutes taking and retaking selfies to try to get the perfect one.
- 47% of people think it’s okay to take a picture of themselves during CHILDBIRTH . . . and 30% think it’s okay during sex.
- And 20% think it’s okay to take one during a FUNERAL.
(Huffington Post / Zee News)