Around 81% of teens use social media on a regular basis. However, just like with adults, not every teen uses it in a very productive way. In this case, I want to discuss ways that teens use social media to make themselves look unflattering or unpopular. You’ll want to avoid these teen social media fails if you want to look your best online.
The majority of fails involve photos, especially for teens. When taking or posting a photo, the general rule of thumb should be don’t look stupid. Avoid the duck face, odd facial contortions (looking like you have to use the bathroom, for example), outright attention seeking pics (like super low cut shirts), etc.
The problem here is that people often judge others by looks. So, if you act in a way that makes you look weird, unattractive, goofy (except when being funny), too available, etc. then others are going to assume that’s what you really are. Pictures are really worth a thousand words. Don’t tell others the “wrong” things about you through your pics.
There are lots of examples where people misrepresent themselves through social media. I don’t use the word lying because lying is much more obvious. Misrepresentation is much more common and just as bad. While you can always present yourself in the best way, don’t imply that you’re something different than you really are.
Don’t call yourself a model if you’re not. Avoid weird camera angles or photoshop to make yourself look different. And those are just a few examples. If you don’t like the way you really are? Then change it. Then you can post amazing things about yourself and it’s all true!
Drama and Whining
Facebook drama is awful. Avoid posting negative stuff about friendships, relationships, family trouble, etc. Yes, people will tune into your feed, but that’ll only be because they’re taking in every juicy detail of your dysfunctional life (and likely laughing at it and spreading it around).
Avoid being too whiny and needy too, especially if you’re a guy. Even if you’re lonely and single, don’t announce it to everyone. You’ll just be more lonely and single.
Finally, don’t be creepy on social media. This includes what you post on your own accounts and what you say to others. Don’t talk about weird subjects openly or act weird towards other people. While the other social media fails will make people think you’re a loser, these might make them think you’re dangerous.
So, make your social media presence one that people will actually enjoy and make them want to get to know you. Don’t let your internet activities make you seem less popular or weird.