Social media is a fickle beast. Itís tough to toe the line between over-sharing, bragging, and boring, and nowhere is this line more blurred than when traveling.
This dilemma is at the heart of a recent study in Psychological Science, which contends that while your experiences may be epic, no one wants to hear about them.
Even worse, force feeding your followers with Facebook posts and Instagram uploads might have negative social repercussions for you. People around you get annoyed, and in turn youíll feel isolated.
The study shows that while youíre posting pics of yourself sandboarding in Peru or hiking through Joshua Tree, others see it as bragging. Relationships generally center on the things people have in common, the study asserts, and recounting amazing experiences that others werenít a part of is thus alienating.
ďAt worst, people may be envious and resentful of those who have had an extraordinary experience, and at best, they may find themselves with little to talk about,Ē it states.
On the upside, youíre officially not alone in groaning audibly while hate-liking someone elseís hot dog legs. Wanting incredible experiences is human, and so is being a jealous jerk.
But is there a way to #humblebrag efficiently? Weíve found a few dos and don'ts so that you can brag about your vacation without alienating everyone.1. Donít post gratuitous photos that add no value
Posting pictures of your standard, beige hotel room the second you checked in just to show people that youíre on vacation is a no-no. In the very least wait until you can get some poolside pics.2. Do post pics that make people want to go there
On the other hand, posting incredible images of stunning views and landscapes that make people want to pack their bags and join you are not just acceptable, but encouraged. Itís hard not to like a beautiful sunset, no matter how jealous it makes you.3. Donít post too many pictures
The days of inviting people over to your home to accost them with slideshows of your latest trip to Fort Lauderdale are thankfully over, as are the days of multiple Facebook albums labeled ďFort Lauderdale parts 1 through 7.Ē No one wants to see 29 pictures of the same beach or every single meal you've eaten in the last five days.4. Curate your pictures
Be selective with the images you post ó pull back the curtain on your vacation with some tasteful, enticing snaps, but be mindful of TMI.5. Donít post pictures of food
Unless youíre a professional food photographer, pictures of food will 99% of the time look crappy, under lit, and unappetizing, even if Nobu himself plated your meal.6. Donít make it about yourself
No one wants to hear how you found yourself mid-downward dog in Bali.7. Do make it about the people and the place
Instead, people want to hear about the locals and the culture that make where you are unique.8. Donít post inspirational quotes
Please, for the love of god, donít spew platitudes you found online or on your doctorís wall calendar. Inspirational quotes are a worse clichť than a photo of you pinching the top of the Taj Mahal, and guaranteed to alienate all of your followers.9. Donít list your experiences like youíre going through a checklist
Ask yourself whether youíre doing something for the experience of it, or for its Instagrammability. Thereís nothing worse than rattling down activities and sounding like a brochure for your destination.10. Donít bog people down with the minutiae
A picture of the Colosseum? Cool. An update on what you had for lunch before it? Not.11. Donít check into every single place every single time
We donít need to know every time you return to your hotel. Plus, if you're constantly updating your social media accounts, and doing so immediately after said events, youíre obviously not living in the moment or properly enjoying your trip, and quite possibly just straight up showing off. Don't be that guy.
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