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People Confess Why They Unfollowed Their Friends On Instagram

#Stop #Abusing #Hashtags
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When it comes to social media, we all have mixed feelings. Sure, you tell your friend, “You do you, boo,” but at the same time, how many #blessed-captioned photos should a person be allowed to post in this lifetime?

So we asked around: What led you to finally *unfollow* someone on IG?

The Extreme Curators

“One of my friends became super into only using a nine-square grid for EACH photo. I’d scroll through my feed and see either empty white squares or photos that just didn’t make ANY sense because they were cropped. Do people not care that that shit is only pretty when someone actually goes to your profile?” —Nick

“Having a curated Instagram is okay. I admit, I care about making sure everything’s perfect, too. But my friend is extreme in that when she ends up no longer liking the filter of a photo she already uploaded an hour ago, she deletes the photo, and then nags our barkada to ‘like’ and leave the exact same comments as if we’re seeing it for the first time. Ain’t nobody got time for that.” —Ellen

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The Foodies

“I love food. I love pretty food. I follow a ton of Instagram accounts dedicated to food flatlays. I don’t know if this makes me a snob, but I have a friend who literally posts a photo of every meal she has on a daily basis. And it’s hard not to compare and be irritated when one minute, I’m looking at a gorgeous multicolored acai bowl, and then I scroll down and see a depressing salad captioned, ‘Health is wealth.’ No.” —Kat

“My kabarkada wants to be a food blogger, so he’s been taking shots of every dish we order when we all hang out. The annoying thing is I know he doesn’t eat or even like some of the photos he posts on Insta. He’s so obnoxious with his captions pa, as if he isn’t a picky eater. LIES.” —Ben

The Popular Kids

“I automatically unfollow any person who uses any of the following hashtags: #F4F, #LFL, #S4S. It screams desperation. #Stop #Abusing #Hashtags” —Tim

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“I have a friend who captions every photo with the most random, generic hashtags like, ‘girl,’ ‘love,’ ‘pretty,’ or ‘breakfast.’ I know people do this to gain followers, but I’m not even sure why this would work?! It’s so broad, and millions of people are probably using those exact hashtags, so your post is instantly buried. But what really got to me was just the sheer desperation to be Instafamous.”

The Sleeping Beauties


“Why do girls take photos of themselves pretending to sleep? I don’t know if this is a trend or what the intention behind this is, but it looks ridiculous. Are you proud of your eyelids? What’s happening?!” —Kevin

The New Parents

“At the risk of sounding like a complete bitch, I just want to clarify that I like babies. Babies are cute, and most of the time, they smell fantastic. But I don’t want them. I am 100 percent sure about that. I also understand that a lot of women don’t feel the same way I do, and I can’t control that. But what I can control is my Instagram feed. I’m a proud ninang, but I’ve actively unfollowed every new mom in my life because I don’t want to only see posts of newborn babies all day long. And new moms are very active on social.” —Suzy

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“I support my bro and I love him and his family, but I don’t care to see his new baby in every animal onesie they buy. It’s too much. IRL na lang.” —Benji

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