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Why Old Uni Friends Following You On Instagram Is The Worst

Amongst all the people you follow on Instagram; your real friends, that model you think is hot, overly artsy amateur photographers, food bloggers and exotic places, there are the forgotten Facebook friends, the ones that pop-up now and then with the tag line ‘your Facebook friend has joined Instagram’.

Normally they are people you never really knew well in the first place; a member of a society you joined, went to a few meetings of before deciding that checkers is more your game; that quiet girl from the other side of your halls in first year, or that really obnoxious guy from that 9 o’clock seminar.

They follow you and you them, it’s just polite. But it isn’t long before you regret it. 

They sneakily watch everything you do. 

There are the odd-balls who upload no photos what so ever but insist on liking every last one of yours. They’ll make you feel insecure and just a little bit scared.

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Some are serial posters.

The ones that saturate your feed with photos of their breakfasts, coffees, pets, pillows, friends, drinks and any other detritus they can drag up. But you can’t unfollow them because there is a secret part of you who really likes judging their hashtag choices.

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Others are just there to brag.

Always suit and booted. “We hate it when our friends become successful. And if they’re Northern, that makes it even worse” You have no idea what they do, but judging by instagram they’re being paid a lot for it. It’s okay, you tell yourself, they can’t have much of a social life.

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And the worst? The travellers.

Posting pictures of themselves with baby elephants in Phuket, doing hot yoga in Bali and surfing in Australia. This makes you really want leave your desk and board a plane.

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These forgotten uni-friends can be a blessing and a curse. Mostly a curse.

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