It’s that time of year again when everyone and everything you follow on Facebook and Instagram seems hell-bent on transforming you into a sour Scrooge. Of course, you could just unfollow them. You know who the culprits are by now, so you’re one click away from keeping your temper. But where’s the fun in that? Christmas isn’t Christmas without hating on someone’s digital avatar. To steel your nerves, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the irritating posts you’ll see between now and Christmas Day…

The ‘too many parties’ post

I’ll let you in on a universal secret: nobody is going to as many Christmas parties as the magazines, adverts and internet would have you believe. No, not even Charlene. Like the Emperor’s new party outfit, we conspire in this myth that everyone is back-to-back Christmas bashes from now until Christmas Eve when in truth most of us have a handful of events, mostly with family. Charlene is the worst perpetrator of this myth, posting selfie after selfie of herself, surrounded by huge groups of people, for you to stare at over some leftover pizza. Don’t be fooled: Charlene hasn’t got any more parties than you do. She’s just maximising her social media return on the few she does have by telling Instagram about them. Endlessly.

The festive bakes post

There are very few festive treats you can bake that a bakery can’t bake better – so those peeps showing off their flawless gingerbread, giving you the impression that you’ll never ‘qualify’ in the kitchen can do one. Sure, we all like looking at food photos, and if you’ve knocked your mince pies out the park, by all means share them – but please think before you caption it with a blatant #humblebrag.

The Instathankyou

WHY. Why does ANYONE feel the need to publicly thank their boyfriend or girlfriend for their mug/necklace/bike (delete as appropriate)? It’s as close as you can get to saying LOOK HOW MUCH MY PARTNER LOVES ME without being socially unacceptable. It’s not a competition. Your partner is, I assume, either with you or a Whatsapp away if you’re opening it without them. Thank them instead.

The happy families post

Look. You might have the perfect 2.4 fam who get along like a house on fire, but some of us have a sliiiiightly more complicated home life. Delighted as we are that you’re making merry with mum and dad, a smiling set of siblings and both sets of grandparents, those of us whose Christmases involve simmering silences, outright arguments, burnt sprouts and endless car journeys between estranged relatives don’t particularly want it in our faces when we turn to our phones for some much-needed escape.

The blow-by-blow Christmas updates

You know the ones. It’s like every year Christmas is a newborn baby, and they are the proud parents remarking on every single step of the process. ‘Day one of advent calendar!’ they’ll write (interesting only if they’re in a different time zone – and even then, only very briefly) ‘Presents DONE!’ they’ll declare (from the same person, on the same early day in December, every year). ‘Feeling festive while writing Christmas cards’ they’ll ho ho ho, forcing their own mother to contemplate hitting the ‘unfollow’ tab.

Then there are the Scrooge posts (ahem)

…because despite my humbugging above, it’s the most wonderful time of year.

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Whether you have a soft spot for Snapchat, a fondness for Facebook or you’re infatuated with Instagram, we all know that we can have a love/hate relationship with social media.

One minute we can’t get enough of sending selfies, chatting to our friends and day-dreaming about the holidays our favourite influencers are on right now. The next, social media envy, wasting time scrolling and scrolling, not to mention screen-induced headaches can leave us feeling frustrated, tired and just plain sad.

So what’s the answer? We can’t possibly give up social media or apps, can we? CAN WE? Don’t worry, we’re not saying you should give anything up. But there’s a way to be much smarter about how we act online, which includes muting people who you don’t like seeing lots, limiting your time on apps and reporting any bullying straight away.

Mute or unfollow anything or anyone that really gets on your nerves

If you don’t like what someone’s posting online, you have so so many options as to what to do about it. If it’s something offensive, you can report it. If it’s something that just bugs you, you can unfollow them. It sounds simple, but lots of us forget that we see what we choose to see online – if you keep feeling rubbish about the holidays Instagram influencers are going on, unfollow a few of them!

Sometimes unfollowing can cause people to feel sad, and who knows, maybe you’ll want to follow them again soon and that’ll be awkward. That’s why it’s great that a lot of your favourite apps and social media platforms have options to ‘mute’ or ‘hide’ instead of unfollowing. For example, if you’re sick of seeing someone’s Instagram Stories, just press and hold on their face on your homescreen and then select ‘Mute’.

…Or make it harder for people to see what you’re doing

We’ve all seen that someone we know (but don’t like that much) has followed us or added us as a friend. Maybe it’s someone you don’t get on with or a relative who wants to check up on you. You don’t have to add them back – you can always just ignore the request! But if someone does start following you or adding you as a friend, there are ways to stop them from seeing everything you’re doing. For example, you can limit who sees your Instagram Stories by clicking on someone’s profile, clicking on the three dots in the top right-hand corner and selecting ‘Hide Your Story.’

If you really don’t want some people to see what you’re doing, consider making more of your profiles private, this is really easy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – just have a look at the settings. That way only the people you agree to will see what you’re posting or saying – this is a really good option for a lot of people.

Report harassment or bullying straight away

People bugging you online is one thing, but if someone is bullying you or being really offensive, then there are tons of tools to help you report their behaviour. And don’t waste any time, flag things as offensive or inappropriate as soon as they come up.

There are lots of ways to do this depending on which app you’re using. For example, the way this works on Facebook is if someone posts a status update you find offensive, just click on the three little dots in the top right-hand corner of their post and scroll to ‘Report Post’. You’ll then be asked a few questions about why you’re reporting and Facebook will figure out what’s going on.

Set an alarm to limit your time online

Maybe you love everyone you follow online and everything you do, but you’ve realised it’s sucking up waaay too much of your spare time. It’s normal. You think you’ll have a quick look at Instagram and next thing you know an hour has passed and you’ve been scrolling until your thumb has gone numb. How did that happen?!

There are lots of apps designed to help you keep tabs on what you’re doing so you can better understand where your time goes. But we like to use our simple timers and alarms already built-in to our phones. Just set an alarm for ten minutes next time you want to look at Instagram or Facebook, when the alarm is up, move on. Simple!

Change your settings to avoid screen headaches

Lots of research has been done into the way the light within our screens could be giving us headaches and disturbing our sleep. Luckily, a lot of phones now have settings built-in, which allow you to change the colour of your screen slightly before bed.

Experts believe these settings, which make your screen look warmer rather than cooler, will lead to a much better night’s sleep for us all. For example, if you have an iPhone go to ‘Settings’, click ‘Display & Brightness’ and then hit ‘Night Shift’ where you can make changes and decide when your screen should start protecting your eyes and how much it should change.


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It was May half-term and I was really struggling with a worksheet about probability. My mum and I were having the standard holiday homework row; she was determined I’d finish it, I wanted to leave it to ask the teacher (i.e. not do any more under the classic guise of ‘I didn’t get it’).

My mum insisted I ring Alan. He was my auntie-who-isn’t-really-my-auntie’s boyfriend. He was good at maths. But it was 11am. Alan was at work. Being a big boss at work. A big boss at the end of an extension I’d have to go through the receptionist to reach.

Girls, my mum made me do this. She made me ring an international company, navigate its switchboard and then ask my fake uncle to stop, you know, managing hundreds of people and a computer system so that he could help me with my probability worksheet.

I am so glad that young people no longer have to face the same humiliation. Today you don’t have to ring a pretend family member or other random adults to get advice on your homework. Instead you turn to the great all-knowing resource that is the internet!

Even better, you can use social media platforms for help. Yes, really! Here are some tips on making the most of Instagram and co. for school work.

Ask your teacher

Some teachers are totally down with how great social media can be for education and use special hashtags or Google hangouts for discussions. I know a maths teacher who tweeted tips about homework he’d set (I could have done with him for my probability worksheet!).

Ask your teachers if they are doing anything that you can follow or join in with. If they don’t, your question might inspire them to start!

Search for and save useful information

You can use Pinterest for so much more than just craft projects and fashion inspo (although you should totally carry on doing that too).

Create boards for different subjects and save useful information to them – you can easily add any website or picture by clicking the ‘Create your own pin’ option. Put all your research and revision together in one place!

There’s also lots of brilliant educational info available for you to repin on Pinterest. Search for any subject or topic and you’ll find cool posters and visual explanations.

Don’t forget to actually read the stuff – pinning alone won’t mean you learn it!

Get another explanation

For ages I couldn’t get my head around gradients (I wasn’t totally rubbish at maths, honest). No matter how many times my teacher explained it, the concept just didn’t go in. I happened to mention this mental block to another maths teacher and within a couple of minutes of corridor chat, she had run through the whole topic and it was all clear!

This isn’t to say that my usual teacher wasn’t very good, just that sometimes we need a different explanation – YouTube is brilliant for this. Among the cute cats and product reviews, there are loads of videos discussing facts and ideas that we learn about in school. Check them out if you want to go over something.

I’m off to revise gradients through memes.

Find an expert

Obviously some of the people you encounter in lessons aren’t around anymore. Shakespeare doesn’t have his own verified Twitter account, Emmeline Pankhurst doesn’t create IG stories on suffragette demos (wouldn’t it be awesome if she could have?!).

But many important figures are current. You can’t follow Shakespeare but you probably can find the Shakespeare expert who wrote the introduction to the play you’re studying.  Many experts have social media profiles. Follow some and see what they’re saying, if you don’t understand a particular point you’ve read in their work, maybe send them a tweet asking a question about it.

As well as individuals, most institutions are now on Twitter or Facebook. Look up who or what you’re interested in and you’ll get a broader view than it’s possible to get in class. Instagram is a great platform for art galleries and museums and you get to see their collections close up without having to wait for a school trip!

Follow a service

There are services dedicated to helping GCSE students (BBC Bitesize is the best for this). They aren’t just relevant during exam revision; throughout the year they offer support and engaging content.  Follow them on Facebook to get all the good stuff in your feed.

Follow relevant hashtags on Twitter too, such as #GCSEmaths or #GCSEphysics. You’ll find useful material, including fun recreations of experiments, and questions to challenge your knowledge (just watch out for accounts designed to lure you to pay for their tutoring services).

Consider following the accounts of a magazine, celebrity or even an individual who posts in a foreign language that you’re learning. You get a fun insight into life abroad along with a test of your understanding.

‘Bon début de semaine tout le monde!’ my Québécoise friend recently put in an Instagram caption.  If you’re learning French, can you translate this? The fact she posted this on a Monday helped me!

Ask a friend

Finally, if you get stuck with a particular piece of homework, remember that you can always put out a cry for help on Facebook or Snapchat! Maybe someone from your class could talk it through with you, or maybe an older friend or relative could offer advice – without the embarrassment of having to ring them at work #grateful.

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Can we all agree now that Instagram is the best social media app? Spoken like a true addict, I know, but Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat just don’t do it for me like Insta does. I can leave them untouched for days on end, but an hour without the ’gram and I’m struggling.

In full agreeance with me? Thanks! Now here are all the things you definitely know, because you too are obsessed with Instagram…

Every day starts and ends with a scroll

And every time you scroll you absolutely MUST reach the photo you left off at last time. Otherwise you might miss a really important update from your good friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, right?

Posting before bed and waking up to loads of likes is the most fun

You’ve had your key posting times down for years; on weekdays you hit your fans – sorry, followers – first thing in the morning, at lunchtime or last thing at night. Sunday evenings are good, while Saturdays are best avoided altogether, unless you want zero likes on that carefully crafted selfie.

You’re always the first of your friends to capture a moment

Whether it’s at a concert, birthday party or on the way home from school, you have your phone handy at all times and an eye for the perfect ’gram.

And, of course, you know the ideal filter for every occasion

Rainy day? We’re going to need Clarendon to clear this up. Not feeling the colours? Moon to the rescue. And, seriously, when are they going to get rid of Hefe?!

You find out all your best gossip on the ’gram

Whether it’s a new celeb couple or someone you ACTUALLY know breaking up with their boyf, your addiction means you always know when someone makes it Insta official.

Though you still kind of hate the new algorithm

Why doesn’t your feed just show you every post from everyone you follow?! Many a nugget of information could be missed because of this silly flaw.

There’s nothing worse than when a great picture doesn’t fit with the rest of your grid

It’s like the 2017 equivalent of not being able to solve a Rubik’s Cube.

But, despite its faults, you’ll never give up on your beloved Insta

Please let it live forever, technology.

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Ah, love. It’s a tricky bastard. Love means a million different things to a million different people, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if what you’re feeling is true love, intense like, a raging crush or just the first twinges of indigestion.

But sometimes, you just know. Shakespeare had his summer’s day, Jane Austen had her country dances… and we have the moment you decide to share your Netflix password. Here are some 2017 signs that you’re probably, definitely, in love.

1. You let them take the stamp for your coffee on their loyalty card.

2. You actually put your phone down when they talk to you.

3. You offer them the last slice of pizza.

4. …then they say, ‘No, you have it.’

5. You agree to see La La Land for a second time, even though musicals make you want to punch things.

6. Even Snapchat knows you’re together and puts two pink hearts next to their name.

7. You can share a tent at a festival in August for a whole four days and still be speaking to them at the end.

8. They let you practice everything you learned from Dr Pimple Popper on their chin.

9. You’ve felt a strange and overwhelming urge to give them your wifi code.

10. There are more strips of adorable photobooth pictures in your purse than actual cards or money.

11. Every meme they tag you in actually makes you laugh, not just like to be polite.

12. You have Instagram notifications turned on for them, even if they’re a six-nearly-identical-blurry-selfies-at-once person. Even then.

13. They are the very first person you WhatsApp “SNOW!!!!! ❄️☃️❄️☃️” to when it snows.

14. And sad faces to when it turns to rain three minutes later.

15. You know their exact Starbucks order, and recite it faithfully even when it’s embarrassingly long.

16. You look at them the way everyone looks at Beyoncé.

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I’ve got a real love-hate relationship with group chats.

On the one hand, no one really has the time or patience to manually copy and paste the same sentence into a gazillion separate messages. We’re not about that. It’s way easier to moan on mass and gather important outfit info in a single shared conversation where, in theory, everyone reads and responds to texts with an suitably lol emoji at the drop of a notification.

But, we all know that’s not quite how it goes, is it?

Group chats are brilliantly chaotic at the best of times. If you’re anything like me and have roughly 19 on the go (and by that I mean 19 that exist but two that are actually ever in use), you might have noticed that they all follow pretty much the same pattern before fizzling out.

If they were all boiled down to seven stages, this would be it. Sound familiar?

1. The name game

What’s in a name, you ask? So. Much. Pressure. I’m pretty sure when Shakespeare threw that line into Romeo and Juliet, he wasn’t thinking about the stress of inviting a bunch of people into a convo and then having to decide whether to name it or not. But it’s about as stressful as what the star-crossed lovers were dealing with*. Kind of.

Obvs, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t name your group chat. But for the sake of knowing which chat is which and avoiding that tragically awkward thing of sending the wrong message to the wrong group, a named chat can be the saving grace you didn’t see coming.

*maybe don’t cite this in your English homework.

2. Who’s missing?

Working out who to include in a group chat is normally straight forward enough. But when it comes to those irregular chats, the ones with a specific purpose outside of your day-to-day gab, there’s always that minor panic of not including someone. After all, no one likes to be left out.


Saying that though, once I panicked a bit too much about not inviting every single person I knew to a conversation and accidentally added the friend whose surprise birthday we were planning. Safe to say it didn’t remain a surprise.

3. Awkward side commentary

There comes a time in every group chat when someone goes rogue. They’ll say something that you’re not happy about, that doesn’t make sense or that really needs some thought.

So you end up having separate conversation with your BFF to talk about what’s been said, which then becomes a live commentary on what is (or isn’t) spoken about.  Then you end up chatting about a load of completely unrelated things and forget about the group chat you were originally meant to be paying attention to.  Which leads us swiftly on to…

4. The dreaded ‘delivered, read, no response’ fiasco

On a scale from one to annoying, this HAS to be at the top of everyone’s list of blood-boiling, forehead-vein-popping pet hates.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally get it. Sometimes we’re on our phones and then it rings/dinner’s ready/Netflix crashes/you fall asleep. The messages we were meant to reply to are then forgotten, leaving our friends with nothing more than two blue ticks and zero idea whether we’re okay with going as the Seven Dwarf to that fancy dress party. But still, it drives everyone crazy.

5. ‘Oh. Okay. Bye then’

You unlock your phone and open your app. You check into the group conversation to see how many people read your last message because as we mentioned earlier, people forget/get busy/don’t respond. Then you see the five words no group chatter is ever emotionally ready to read…

‘Jessie has left the conversation’.


They’ve left. Like, gone. Without so much of a ‘bye guys’.

Sometimes it’s an accident and they have to awkwardly ask to be re-invited. But it never looks like an accident, does it? Oh, no. The rest of you are left scratching your heads wondering what on earth you might’ve done to annoy Jessie so much. 

6. Get a room

Ok, this might be what annoyed Jessie so much. There’s a time and a place to talk about the things that only really relate to a single person, my friends, and that’s in one of those old school one-to-one ‘conversations’.


But eventually, inevitably, someone in every group chat will direct a question an individual rather than the whole group. Next thing you know they’re 58 notifications deep into a conversation that no one else can jump into. Take it outside, people.

7. Stalemate

If you’re lucky, by this time the whole reason for starting a group chat in the first place will have been resolved. You’ll all know what you’re wearing to that fancy dress party, the surprise birthday will be planned and that thing you needed to moan about will have received a hearty amount of support.

But then everyone runs out of things to say because questions have been answered and you’re left in GCL (group chat limbo). As other conversations overtake, it’s no longer at the top of your screen and your pocket pals are left in the wilderness.

At least, that’s until the next group chat is created. See number 1.


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You know your Valencia from your Juno, you know how to keep your mates entertained with the funniest Instagram Stories and you know the best selfie angles to get the most likes. But what if we told you there are some Instagram secrets you don’t know?

Okay, okay, you’ll probably know some of them. But we’d bet your next super Instagrammable unicorn cupcake that we know some tips you don’t.

We’ve collected together some of our top Insta secrets and cool hacks to make using your favourite app more fun than ever. Whether you’re just starting out, like to use Instagram for silly selfies and keeping your friends updated about what you’re up to or you’re an aspiring Instagram superstar, we’ve got some goodies for you.

And if we’ve missed out your favourite trick or tip, please share it with us in the comments below!

1. Do you have a favourite Instagrammer? Get notified when they post photos

Have you got one or two favourite Instagram influencers that you just can’t get enough of? Or maybe your best mate is on holiday and you want to see everything she posts as she posts it? Well, you can set up notifications for specific people – so you’re the first to know what they’re doing.

Here’s how to do it: Visit your favourite person’s profile and click the three dots in the upper right-hand corner. A menu will pop-up and the bottom option is ‘Turn on Post Notifications’. Just click that and you’ll be notified when they post. If you get sick of seeing everything they do after a while, just do the same thing to turn them off. Simple!

2. Do you have a favourite filter? Put it to the top of the class

There are plenty of great Instagram filters, but most of us have one or two that we use more often than the others. To save yourself a bit of time, you can re-order your filters so your faves always come first.

Here’s how to do it: Next time you’re editing a photo, head to ‘Filter’ but instead of choosing one, scroll right to the end and tap ‘Manage’. Here’s where you can press and hold the list icon next to your filters to shake up their order – just press, hold and drag. You can switch filters on or off here too with the tick on the right-hand side. This is good if there are some you just never ever use. We’re looking at you, Inkwell.

3. Keep it real and change the intensity of your filters

When Instagram first launched, you picked a filter and had to live with how it looked. Now you have way more freedom and can add just a little hint of a filter instead. This is really good if you like your photos to be slighty edited, but to look quite natural too.

Here’s how to do it: You can tap a filter once to apply it to your photo, but tap it again and a little slider appears, which lets you change the filter’s intensity from 0 to 100.

4. Bored of your Instagram feed? Then use the ‘Explore’ tab waaaay more

This one isn’t a secret. Your Explore tab is right there, after all. But this is just a reminder to check it more often. Instagram uses its smart tech to fish out new people and photos and videos and stories you might like to follow and puts them all in this tab. If you love your Instagram feed just the way it is, ignore this. If you’re on the hunt for new stuff, then don’t forget to check it out once in a while.

Here’s how to do it: Click the little magnifying glass in the bottom menu bar within the Instagram app. Stories you might like are at the top, a video is usually displayed in the middle and then there are photos from people you don’t already follow at the bottom.

5. Want more likes? Then think about when you post

If you’re using Instagram for fun and don’t care whether you get 1 or 100 likes, then post photos whenever you want. But if you want to get more likes and become a bit more Insta-famous, then social media experts tend to suggest that posting photos at lunchtime – that’s between 11am and 2pm – or in the evening – that’s between 6pm and 9pm – tend to get you the most likes and comments. Now that won’t always be the case, but it’s a simple rule to remember if you want to think a bit smarter about when you post.

6. Want more freedom? Use Instagram’s other apps

If you’re tired of just sharing static photos, then you should check out Instagram’s other apps. Hyperlapse lets you create fancy timelapse videos, Boomerang lets you make GIF-like looping videos and Layout lets you combine images into a grid. This one is our favourite for making collages or moodboards.

7. Edit now and post later by saving a draft

You take a great photo. You use Instagram to edit it and apply a filter. You write a really funny caption. But then you realise you don’t want to share it straight away – you want to wait until 6pm when you’ll get more likes! Now Instagram lets you save your posts as drafts so you can come back to them later.

Here’s how to do it: Do everything you’d usually do to your photo first, like add effects, filters, a caption and your location. But then instead of hitting ‘Share’, press the back button in the top left-hand corner. Then press it again. Instagram will ask you if you want to ‘Save Draft’ or ‘Discard’. Click ‘Save Draft’ and next time you go to add a photo, it’ll pop-up first under ‘Drafts’ above your regular photo library.

8. Make your bio and captions stand out and look better with line breaks

You probably think that to add line breaks to your Instagram bio or captions you need to write everything out in Notes or a note-taking app first, then copy it across. But there’s a much easier way to break up text.

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1. Did I just…?

2. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.


4. Unlike it immediately!

5. Oh my god! I re-liked it! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!

6. My life is officially over.

7. Will they still get a notification that I liked the photo?

8. Will it say which photo I liked?!

9. WHY, OH WHY, DID IT HAVE TO BE THE PHOTO WITH THEIR EX?! Do the internet gods have no mercy?

10. I should text Jo and tell her to like and then unlike one of my photos and see what happens.

11. Why won’t Jo text me back?!

12. Urgh and because we don’t even follow each other on Instagram they’ll know I stalked them.

13. And that I trawled through the bazillion Alex Joneses and found the Alex Jones (by the way, thanks for having such a generic name) and that I then proceeded to go through SEVENTY EIGHT WEEKS of Instagram posts.

14. Is it possible they’ll find it flattering?

15. No. Probably not.

16. Maybe I should delete my Instagram account.

17. ORRRR I could move to Latvia! No one knows me in Latvia.

18. I wonder how much flights to Latvia are?

19. What’s the capital of Latvia…

20. Riga? Huh, I wouldn’t have guessed that.

21. I should move to Riga.

22. But then I’d never see Alex again and we would never fall in love.

23. Maybe I’ll just have another look.

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Parents are embarrassing in real life, but they are, without question, at their peak cringe when they decide to engage with social media. If, by some lucky miracle, your parents aren’t on social media or haven’t worked out emojis yet, we strongly urge you not to teach them (though on the plus side, their social media cock-ups can provide a steady stream of LOLs).

But one 18-year-old from Austria has decided her parents have taken their digital activities one step too far – so she’s doing the only logical thing: she’s suing them.

Say what?

Yep. She’s suing her parents for posting embarrassing childhood photos to Facebook. In the last seven years, she claims her parents have uploaded more than 500 photographs of her as a child to the social network without her permission, and that it has made her life miserable.

They knew no shame and no limit – and didn’t care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot – every stage was photographed and then made public


While lawyering up might be a pretty extreme response to public parental affection (whatever happened to just writing “GOD MUM YOU ARE SO EMBARRASSING GODDDD” underneath and slamming a few doors?), there’s no denying that parents + social media often = a whole heap of pain.

In case anyone else is looking for more reasons to go all Good Wife on your ‘rents, here are a few other social media mishaps that we wish we could sue our parents over…

1. Re-posting poems captioned “Share this if you’re a mom who loves her kids!!!!”

2. Liking three weeks’ worth of Instagram photos in one giant landslide of notifications

3. Putting kisses on the ends of tweets to nobody in particular.

4. Misusing the cry-laughing emoji on texts telling you your Grandma is in hospital.

5. Showing they’re angry with you by passive-aggressively refusing to like your photos, and expecting you to notice or care.

6. Excessive fear of The Man, leading them to periodically delete their accounts or post 500-word chain statuses about Mark Zuckerberg harvesting details on your favourite crisps and Netflix viewing habits to sell to terrorists.

7. Replying to everything Phillip Schofield says on Twitter, and genuinely expecting a reply.

8. Posting things in the voice of their pets. E.g. A photo of a dog with “I had a really hard day today! I went for a big walk in the morning and swam in the river, then rolled in some mud so had to have a bath when I got home. I met so many new friends! Now I’m home and cuddled up with teddy” on Twitter, and genuinely expecting a reply.

And our personal fave:

9. Referring to it as ‘The Facepage’.


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Ahh, Instagram. You big lying wizard, you.

While we know with our brains that all those super-groomed outfit shots, perfect bag spills and dreamy beach scenes aren’t exactly what they seem, sometimes it’s hard to believe it in your heart. Especially when you’ve taken 54 grainy mirror selfies, your mum won’t play photographer anymore and you’ve almost injured yourself falling off a chair trying to snap your breakfast.

The most important thing about Instagram is that things are never as they seem,” says photographer Kate Forster. “It is always reassuring to remember that people are not always where they say they are, the pictures may have been edited 10 times before posting, and that girl’s skin is probably not as flawless as you thought while you stared at your mid-month breakout though the camera lens!”

So in the interests of looking behind the lens, reminding ourselves that perfection is all just smoke and mirrors (and  filters), we asked six Instagram stars to spill the beans on one of their gorgeous photos.

From bloating and bad hair days to location fakery, here’s what was really going on IRL…

Pandora Sykes

Pandora Sykes

I adored this two piece velvet suit from Alice Archer, a designer I have worked with before, but it was slightly too small – and I had my period and was bloated, and was so scared of someone taking my picture from an angle.

I’d been taken to Paris by Chanel for their show which felt like a Big Deal, but I was worried they’d be really glossy and haughty. Imagine my relief when they encouraged me to undo my skirt at lunch, and order pasta? Things are rarely as they seem – whether it be a picture, or a posh designer.” @pandorasykes 

Kavita Cola  

Kavita Cola

In this image I was in glamorous Cannes during the Film Festival. Standing on the rooftop of the 3.14 Hotel, loving my back drop, my friend Annie and I had carefully picked a spot to take a couple of pictures of me in my dress, with my well invested, treasured (expensive) Leica camera. Directly behind Annie, there were two couples (two guys and two girls) in a raised jacuzzi, taunting and splashing their water from over the little rail. Every time we walked to the corner and Annie was about to take the photo they kept splashing us and laughing out load, which felt like taunting. In the end they had managed to soak Annie, soak the front of my dress, soak the left side of my hair and almost soaked my camera. I almost feel a little bit silly saying this now but at the time it really felt like bullying and I was quite upset.

Anyhow, I managed to get my winning shot in the end but left the scene looking like a drowned rat. Eek! #HatersGonnaHate.” @kavitacola

 Kristabel Plummer 

Kristabel Plummer

I was in Portugal for a friend’s wedding but also had a brand project that I needed to create content for. I only had one day where I could shoot the photos but it also happened to be raining and my photographer friend wanted to hurry up and go to the spa. Add to that I rarely see images of myself in a bikini, and you have a very insecure Kristabel indeed.  

The thing about social media is that you’re very often presented with one kind of body, especially when it comes to women in bikinis. I took loads of photos where I wasn’t happy with my stomach; in this one it looks a little bit more toned but still showcases a more straight-up-and-down figure. Not everyone has a Kardashian waist-to-hip ratio and that’s totally fine, we need to see more of it! Even though I wasn’t initially happy with the photos, I had to tell myself that just because we’re so used to seeing one kind of body on social media, it doesn’t make other bodies wrong. We need to reprogram our brains a bit with more diverse imagery. Also we’re in our heads so much, no one else usually sees that flaws that we do.” @iamkristabel

Kate Forster

Kate Forster Instagram image

Beds and duvets on Instagram tend to perform very well. If you’ve seen picture upon picture of legs, in beds with the morning newspaper and first flat white of the day, then you will know what I mean! I myself have indulged in a few Instagram ‘bed’ shots, but most of them haven’t been anywhere near a bed…

Take this snap for example. I was on holiday in a beautiful hotel in The Lake District. Don’t get me wrong, the bed was beautiful – but the lighting was not. I wanted that gorgeous white, exposed ‘Instagram light’, so to achieve this, the duvet was dragged out on to the balcony. My breakfast was by now freezing, the duvet strategically placed to hide the fake tan/makeup leakage and I tried desperately to contort my legs so they looked as lean and long as possible, not to mention my boyfriend hovering above me awkwardly with the camera. ‘Lazy’ morning, huh?” @misskatef

Ella Gregory 


I currently live at home with my parents, and my desk (AKA ‘home office’) is in the loft, which is otherwise used as a dumping ground for items that need to be thrown away. It’s not a very nice or glamorous place to work, and my desk is tiny and smushed between lots of old boxes and a sofa bed.

However, for this I styled up my desk with some books and other props to make it look more glossy, made a cup of coffee even though I don’t really drink it any more, and took about 54 photos of the scene until I got something that looked slick enough. I then edited all the colours to improve the lighting and make it more Instagrammable.” @cocosteaparty

Wendy H Gilmour 

Wendy H Gilmour

“Shooting this campaign for Sassoon, the truth is that I had to walk home with my coat over my head in the drizzle to stop my hair from frizzing and then crumple myself under my kitchen worktop to get the shots without ruining the ‘do’. I had it covered in concrete and it comes in very handy as a backdrop – I just can’t sit up straight! So glam.” @thankfifi

So what have we learned? Nothing is really perfect. And sometimes, you should just eat your breakfast while it’s still hot.

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You probably know the story by now. A few weeks ago, Justin posted a stream of selfies of him and his new lady friend, Sofia Richie, on Instagram.

Lots of Beliebers were less than impressed and started throwing some serious shade at Sofia. Biebs came to her defense, saying:

“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand. If you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”

Next followed a public spat with his ex, Selena Gomez, who advised him to stop whinging and stop posting pics of his new love – then a few days later, Justin’s account vanished into Instagram heaven (presumably to live happily with the ghost of Ed Sheeran’s social media presence).

What can we learn from this?

Well, for starters, it’s probably not a great idea to feud with your ex in the comments section of Instagram.

But maybe Biebs is on to something. Maybe we should all be taking a bit of a break from social media.

Shockingly, it turns out that all the time we spend staring at screens isn’t amazing for our mental health. The University of Pittsburgh found that the more time people spent on social media, the greater risk they were at of developing depression.

Meanwhile, Anxiety UK conducted a study that suggested people who spent a significant amount of time on social media have increased levels of anxiety and low self-esteem.

Half of the people interviewed said social media had a negative impact on their lives, whether it was because they were negatively comparing themselves to other people or struggling to ever switch off.

The constant pressure of social media; to pick the ‘right’ filter and get the ‘right’ amount of likes, to be seen with the ‘right’ people in the ‘right’ places.

To be funny and smart and interesting and beautiful. And to do all of those things without spilling tea down your front and remembering all your friends birthdays.

It’s frickin’ exhausting.

So this weekend, let’s all be a little more Biebs (but without the face tattoo) and take some time out from social media.

And guys – stay away from your ex’s comments section.

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