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Sunday 18 August 2019

So over: The professional social-media victim

Amy Huberman
Amy Huberman

We all have that friend: the energy-drainer, for whom it is not enough to bend the ear off you in person about the latest list of awful things that have happened to them. They need to take to Twitter and Instagram to whip up an outpouring of social sympathy on their behalf.

Their classic lines include - the 'I'm not moaning, but . . .' whinge; the 'I'm just saying' rant; the passive-aggressive giving out about things you already know friends of theirs do - friends who are, no doubt, reading the posts. Then there's the posting of cryptic inspirational quotes, the subtext of which screams, 'Pity me'.

What's worse, this attracts all the fake empathy of those who love to wallow in the misery of others. Your fake sympathy only encourages their maudlin attention-seeking. Can we call it quits on the social-media victimhood, please? Even the fake 'my life is so amazing' is better than this.

Amy Huberman, knows how it's done, so take a leaf out of her book. Her social-media feeds are light, breezy and funny.

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