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What not to do online on #LeavingCertResults Day

Published 13/08/2014 | 13:45

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Nearly two thirds of social media users say that sites like Facebook and Twitter make them feel inadequate about their own lives and achievements
Nearly two thirds of social media users say that sites like Facebook and Twitter make them feel inadequate about their own lives and achievements

We've rounded up some of the worst social media sins to commit on Leaving Cert Results Day.

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Stay away from these mistakes unless you want to lose your followers or Facebook friends!

1. #Humblebrag

Don't brag about your results online in a way that will make other people feel bad. Feel free to express your happiness but maybe don't rub it in too much - think how you would feel if you didn't do so well and had to read other people's bragging. 

2. "Oh I definitely failed"...

This tweet is normally followed by a humble (or not-so-humble) brag when the person in question finds out they did, in fact, pass. This is incredibly annoying in person and even more so online because you can't just pretend you didn't hear it.

Even worse, if you then find out you really did fail, you'll have a couple of hundred Facebook friends waiting on tenderhooks to hear.

3. "Can't believe I passed, I did nothing!"

Every single one of your fellow classmates that liked this status were being fake when they did it.

4. Making jokes about beating up people who did better than you.

Not cool, man. Not cool.

 

5. Calling people who did well 'nerds' or 'geeks'

If you didn't get what you wanted, don't belittle others success. They worked hard and they should be allowed their day in the sun. (Unless of course, they're tweeting "I did nothing!" in which case, they deserve an unfollow)

 

6. Oversharing

Do not tweet a picture of your results that includes any sensitive information, like the envelope with your address written on it. Rookie error!

 

7. Being rude about teachers

Getting your results is not an excuse to be abusive about your teachers online - remember, you're not officially a college student until the offers come in.

These people have also spent six years of their lives helping you out so play nice on the last day!

 

However, one thing you SHOULD do on the day is send Independent.ie your #LeavingCertResultsSelfie!

Email social@independent.ie, tweet with #IndoSubmit or snapchat them to 'independent.ie'!

 

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