8 Obnoxious Trends on Instagram Becca Rose

Any time a new social media avenue comes along, we must ask ourselves the question: What kind of Facebook/Vine/Twitter/Tumblr/Pinterest/Kik user will we be? Will we be the person who updates ten billion times per day, announcing every step we take from our front door and back again? Or will we be the too-cool-for-school kid, the one that only posts from their super hipster hangouts and then deletes their account before it falls out of fashion?

There is perhaps nowhere on the social media landscape that lends itself to obnoxious behavior as much as Instagram. Who doesn’t love photos of babies, kittens, sunsets, lens-flared trees, groups of friends posing in front of a restaurant, oceans, outfits of the day, and did I mention kittens? Filters, as we all know, just make everything that much more exciting. Oh, Instagram, you hold so much potential for greatness. But with that potential comes…responsibility.

Have you heard of richkidsofinstagram? Perhaps you’ve seen this kid. These are egregious examples of the worst breed of Instagrammer. But there are more mundane offenses happening every day, right on your social media feeds. Presented here, in no particular order, are some of the most obnoxious trends that are happening on Instagram.

1. Injuries

While we really appreciate that you are super fit and outdoorsy and enjoy hiking on the weekends, please spare us the photo of your leg, torn in three places and flayed open in another, after you had a bad scare with a rockslide. Or the pic of when you cut yourself cutting onions and you can see the bone inside your hand. Or that gruesome view of your not-yet-healed stitches. Please. Save those moments for posterity if you must, but don’t expose us to it in our feeds. Speaking of exposing…

2. Nudity

You’d think this would go without saying, right? But no. Somehow, people get past the spam filters and reporting and every once in awhile, BAM, we’re treated to a close-up of some very private parts. Listen, I know that there are some who consider their Instagrams to be “art,” but I’m fairly certain that nude reflections in a bathroom mirror doesn’t make the cut. The only time nudity is ever allowable on Instagram? When it’s on a baby. It’s just a fact that babies in bathtubs make for the cutest photo-ops ever. Can’t be argued with–it’s science.

3. Toilets

While we’re on the subject of bathrooms… I appreciate the good mirror selfie just as much as any other red-blooded, 20-something female, but there’s nothing more distasteful than seeing an open toilet in the bottom corner of the photo. Also, you would not believe how many times I’ve had to unfollow someone because they regularly posted photos of what was IN their toilet. Just no. Just. No.

4. Selfies

No, I’m not anti-selfie. I enjoy taking them, and I like it when my friends post theirs. Usually my thought process is something like, “Oh man, I look so good today. Better post this good hair moment so that people will understand I’m cute sometimes.” As if this will stave off their reaction the next time they see me in public when I’ve pulled an allnighter and don’t look so hot. But the problem with selfies can be twofold: when the only thing you ever, ever post, is selfies, or when you are committing the crime of unironic use of duckface/pout/scoliosis pose (in case you missed it: the scoliosis pose is when girls arch their back and contort their bodies into a position that honestly makes me worried for the health of their spine). And if every single photo posted is a selfie AND those selfies are all duckface grainy mirror shots with an open toilet in the background? Yes, you can imagine the horror.

5. Kissing.

There’s a fine line between cutesy-couple photos and uncomfortable-overshare photos, and we’d like to ask that people abide by these guidelines when posting kissing pics on Instagram. Is there any tongue on display? Is one or more members of this kiss staring directly into the camera? Is anything happening that could even remotely be described as “hot-n-heavy?” If the answer to any of these is yes…then please, for everyone’s sake, refrain from posting.

6. Kelvin filter.

The moments in which the Kelvin filter can unironically be used are virtually non-existent. Tread carefully.

7. Insects

Like, some of us have a phobia of those things, and even those of us who don’t certainly do not desire to see the guts of the grasshopper you squished onto the concrete plastered into our Instagram feeds.

8. Food

If the food is gross (horse meat, frog legs, greasy pools of unidentifiable substances), it’s no fun to glimpse in an Instagram browsing sesh. And there is perhaps no greater tragedy than what you know is a great meal being photographed in weird lighting and processed through a filter that makes it look entirely unappetizing. Food photos: proceed with caution.

What about you, Gigglers? Any obnoxious Instagram trends you see in your feeds?

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  1. if you don’t like what people post, don’t follow them. No one is forcing you to look at pics of food, babies or injuries….. give me a break.

  2. Another one to add to this list: THROW BACK THURSDAY – I am so sick of seeing pictures of people from that summer when they were tanner and skinnier. I get it, you’re fat and pale now and you miss your more attractive life, enough already!

  3. All I post are selflies and food. Whoops. But I maintain desserts are always OK because they look pretty. And insects are pretty. If I find a cool butterfly or ladybug, imma gonna post it, phobics be damned. But not dead ones. That’s just sick.

  4. I think the main problematic trend is instagram itself. 93.7% (rough estimate) of people I’ve seen use instagram take pictures of the most pointless crap, put a filter on it and call themselves a photographer.

  5. I do NOT appreciate the injury photos. Not cool, bro.
    The food ones are okay with me, mostly because I do it and because it is interesting to see what people eat. I dunno.
    But one I hate is the “OOTD (Outfit of the Day)”. Like really, all you want it people to say “U r so hawt” and “i luv ur fashion, give me your clothes”; the invariable creep will say “better to have those clothes on the floor lol”. I will post an occasional picture of my outfit if it’s pretty good that day, but not EVERY day. It’s just obnoxious.
    Also, pet pictures FTW.

  6. As much as babies are cute, it can be really annoying when all someone posts is pictures of their baby. Here’s baby in the bath, here’s baby with his diaper on, here’s baby with food on her face. I think most pictures can end up being annoying if the same kind of picture is posted over and over, this goes for cats, selfies, and food too. It’s not that I don’t like seeing these things, I just don’t want 50 posts from you about your pizza.

  7. Selfies are fine, but I don’t care to see your duck faces.

  8. Thank you for not putting cats on this list, I don’t think I could refrain from posting pictures of my kitty no matter what the rest of the world thought.

  9. I agree with most of these, except, I love photos of (live) insects. Many of them are incredibly beautiful; all those lines, colors, patterns, textures – they are often more complex and interesting than flowers. <3 non-squished insect/arachnid photographs.

  10. I am so happy to know that I am not the only one who despises the Kelvin filter. I don’t think I have used it, ever…

  11. One more picture of your Starbucks drink may push me over the edge. Seriously no one cares what you are drinking. The posts that are so obtuse that force the reader to ask what you are talking about so that the poster can then talk about themselves ad nauseum. Ugh

  12. I’m really glad you didn’t put “adorable pets” on here as I am obsessed with both my dogs and have made them both their own accounts (@FinlayBeagle and @Tessisgolden if you wanna check them out).

    I also have a friend who split open his hand and instagramed the whole experience, from seconds post-accident, to emergency room, to infected/healing process… it was horrific and absolutely unnecessary.

  13. If you are doing something illegal…don’t post it on instagram.
    That’s just not smart, and your pipe really isn’t that interesting.

  14. this was all fine and good until #8. sorry, but what is so “gross” about horse meat or frogs legs? they’re no different than chicken wings or rabbit meat. why is it ok to eat chickens and cows but not horses or frogs? fuck’s sake, grow up and make the connection.

  15. I agree with many of these, but none more so than the injuries – seriously, wtf makes a person think that ANYONE wants to see that?!

  16. Henry, if you don’t like the blog don’t keep reading it. It’s that simple

  17. Haha you should search #kelvinfilter. So true that one needs to tread carefully! Way to ruin a good photo!

  18. I like seeing insect and food pics. :) When I first started using instagram I used Kelvin all the time and now have NO IDEA WHY. :/

  19. 11) Comeups. People who shoplifted and then describe their picture as having “come up” at the mall, or wherever. I’m seeing this from tons of people I would have never guessed. So much lost respect.

  20. I don’t like this particular post it’s a bit nit picky, You can’t say something like I love these pics, but i hate this, I love that, but hate this. The world doesn’t revolve around our particular tastes. I am a big fan of the grey area but there’s something to be said for making a statement not “wishy-washy” opinions.

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