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Ten cliche Instagram photos to avoid in 2013

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10. #WIWT - What I Wore Today

Oh, you managed to match your Burberry scarf with your Scottish tartan-print rain boots, a mini-skirt with paisley leggings, and that cute khaki rain coat you bought from Target? How wonderful. Sadly, you look like an idiot holding your best model pose in front of your closet mirror, which is reflecting the crumpled heap of department-store purchases you tried on before picking this magical little number to show your 137 followers. If you want more likes, just post a naked picture. If you are too insecure to post a naked picture, garnering eleven likes on your outfit won't do any wonders for your half-sunken battleship of self-esteem.

9. #OfficeForTheDay - Where you plant your laptop/derriere for the work day

The occupation that can claim the most guilt for this one is probably professional photographers. They are always on location somewhere, snapping a quick photo of the camera and the subject so that everyone knows exactly where they are, what they are doing, and how much better it is than you sitting in your office for the day. Also, bloggers, writers and fresh-out-of-college-but-still-unemployed early adults are pathetically guilty of this.

8. #autocorrect - Screen shots of your text message threads The reason you text people is because you want a private conversation void of actual talking and full of emojis, emoticons, abbreviations and other childish inside jokes. Sometimes, though, your smartphone makes a mistake in correcting a word that might have been deliberately typed, leaving you with a nonsensical sentence that's already been sent. This can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on the auto-correction, and more often than not, it doesn't make sense. Sorry to break it to you, but the only person that thinks your auto correction is funny, is you. Leave it on your phone, and stop wasting our Instagram feeds.
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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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