Taking Selfies Is The Most Annoying Thing On The Internet, Study Finds

by : George Pavlou on : 20 Jul 2017 15:26

Everybody has that one mate who takes too many selfies.


You can’t leave the house without them wanting a quick selfie. Comfortable in the car? Quick selfie. Arrive at your destination? Quick selfie. Taking a shit? Quick selfie.

Well, it turns out that taking too many selfies is the most annoying of social media sins, pipping political ranting and liking your own content to the top spot.

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A poll of 2,000 Brits by online casino Casumo.com found that four in ten people get annoyed by attention-seeking status updates that are too cryptic for anyone to decipher.

Half of people think trolling is the worst thing you can do online.

Casumo.com spokesman Greg Tatton-Brown said:

New technology, including smartphones, have given us a lot of great gifts. They mean we’re never far from information, or being able to contact loved ones – as well as games and other entertainment.

However, as they’ve become ubiquitous certain behaviours around them, and social media in particular, have proven to really wind many of us up.

Apparently posting too many pictures of your kids is pretty annoying as well as people who can’t stop posting about their food. Despite the hate, one in five admitted to posting images of food on social media in the past, according to the research from OnePoll.

Four out of every ten people have unfollowed or unfriended someone for simply being too annoying on social media. A further 27% have muted their friends.

A quarter of people believe they’ve been unfriended by people, with over half those people getting upset about it.


Surprisingly, 15% of the people polled said they’ve unfollowed their partner on social media due to their annoying online persona.

Facebook is apparently the worst place for annoying social media behaviour, quickly followed by Twitter.

Without further ado, here they are:

The Top 25 Social Media Sins

1. Too many selfies.

2. Trolling people.

3. Body shaming.

4. Cryptic, attention-seeking status updates followed up with ‘I don’t want to talk about it’ or ‘I’ll DM you’ when someone asks if they’re ok.

5. Liking your own profile picture.

6. Inviting people to play games like Candy Crush, Farmville etc.


7. Ranting about politics.

8. Revealing TV show spoilers.

9. Selling Mid-Level-Marketing products like juice or make-up.

10. When people “check in” to hospitals without specifying why.

11. Posting endless pictures of kids.

12. Overly loving couples constantly talking to each other on social media.

13. Posting pictures of food.

14. Gym selfies or updates about being at the gym.

15. Simply updating too often.

16. Boasting about kids.

17. Expressing inauthentic sympathy after a disaster or other incident.

18. Boasting about your performance at something.

19. Photoshopping/Facetuning selfies or pictures of yourself.

20. Re-posting old memories that nobody else would be interested in.

21. People who get overly upset about comments online.

22. Using hashtags on Facebook.

23. People who steal jokes and write them as if they came up with them on their own.

24. Using hashtags that nobody else would possibly use, that are incredibly specific to what that person is doing at that moment.

25. Sub-tweeting.

Casumo.com’s Greg Tatton-Brown continued:

Although our survey was definitely light-hearted and aimed to find some of the funnier habits of social media users, we found many people do get genuinely peeved by things they find online.

We believe that everything should be as fun as possible and so if social media is annoying you, take a short break and reflect on what makes it great.

You can always come off it entirely, there’s no law that says you must be connected 24 hours a day, after all.

Basically, don’t be a dickhead on social media and we can all get along! You have been warned.

George Pavlou

Taking the idea of 'being woke' to a whole new level over a decade-long career in sport, court and online news, George has worked for titles and agencies including ESPN FC, Eurosport, LADbible and Court News UK. He may not have a degree but does have an unhealthy obsession with Lord of the Rings.

Topics: Life