Awww … vacation! Don’t you just love when you’re on one. The sun, the sand, the cute banana boy … oh and yes, the photos! And that’s where things can get a bit annoying, at least for those of us that hate when our Facebook or Instagram friends clog their pages up with endless vacation photos.
Remember the days when you got cornered for an hour looking at your friend’s massive photo album of her recent trip to Paris. Well, those days are long gone, but replacing them is selfies with historical monuments in the background, location check-ins, live videos from the Great Wall of China, and food porn pictures — all splashed across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat.
And while you might enjoy following your friend’s journey through South America, most of us don’t. That’s just part of what Annette and Megan talk about in the latest Forever 39 podcast — listen above.
In fact, a study from Aviva finds that 73 percent of social media users find the online posting of vacation photos annoying. So if people find it so annoying, why do so many of us do it?
According to the survey, 44 percent said they post their photos on social media sites so they can keep family and friends updated on their whereabouts and activities. Okay, sounds fair enough. But if you think others do it just so those stuck in the office will be jealous, you’re absolutely right.
The survey finds that 10 percent post their photos to make others jealous, and 21 percent admit to posting them so they can show off.
So if the survey hasn’t convinced you to keep your self-serving vacation snaps to yourself, here’s some tips from Business Insider and College Humor that you can follow so you do it the non-annoying way.
Also from this week’s Forever 39 podcast — Why most women think they’re the better friend. PLUS: Couples who wait to divorce. Click on the podcast player above to hear the entire episode.
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— Annette and Megan, Forever 39
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