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16 Ways The Internet Appears Different When You Have Anxiety

You always end up stressing about how unglamorous your life appears.

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1. Netflix feels more like a clock that's counting all the time you spend indoors being antisocial.

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2. Posting photos on Instagram is a nightmare, especially when it comes to selfies.

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3. And you always end up stressing about how unglamorous your life appears.

Especially when your timeline is pretty much just cat photos interspersed with the occasional photo of a dog you saw on public transport.
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Especially when your timeline is pretty much just cat photos interspersed with the occasional photo of a dog you saw on public transport.

4. Facebook feels like a constant popularity contest, where everything you post is being measured by number of likes.

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5. And all your previous acquaintances are there, ready for you to compare yourself to.

Remember that guy you went to high school with who was really into horses? Well he's now a pilot. Oh, and that girl you really hated for a reason you don't even remember? Well she just got engaged. Meanwhile you were happy about not burning your dinner before you logged on.
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Remember that guy you went to high school with who was really into horses? Well he's now a pilot. Oh, and that girl you really hated for a reason you don't even remember? Well she just got engaged. Meanwhile you were happy about not burning your dinner before you logged on.

6. Nothing brings fear to you heart like a notification telling you that you've been tagged in a photo.

Seriously, people should not be allowed to do this without your approval.
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Seriously, people should not be allowed to do this without your approval.

7. And pretty much every event invite feels insincere, if not downright sarcastic.

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8. Pinterest is just an album of impossible to achieve goals.

It's just a constant reminder that you'll never have the drive to make an artsy bookcase out of recycled wooden pallets. Hell, you can't even be bothered to put the ironing board away.
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It's just a constant reminder that you'll never have the drive to make an artsy bookcase out of recycled wooden pallets. Hell, you can't even be bothered to put the ironing board away.

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9. Twitter brings about a different kind of anxiety.

How does Twitter still not have an edit button?
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How does Twitter still not have an edit button?

10. It feels like others are waiting to scrutinise everything you post.

The number of serious, funny, and intelligent people on the site makes your own attempts at tweeting feel like you're dumping trash into everyone's garden.
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The number of serious, funny, and intelligent people on the site makes your own attempts at tweeting feel like you're dumping trash into everyone's garden.

11. And oh god, then there's the subtweets that are definitely about you.

The vaguer they are, the more certain you are that they're definitely about you.
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The vaguer they are, the more certain you are that they're definitely about you.

12. All events on your calendar are disasters waiting to happen.

That meeting with your boss at 4pm? That's obviously to fire you. Jan's birthday drinks next Tuesday? That's a ruse: They're firing you then, too. That's right, you're getting fired twice, because one firing just isn't enough.
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That meeting with your boss at 4pm? That's obviously to fire you. Jan's birthday drinks next Tuesday? That's a ruse: They're firing you then, too. That's right, you're getting fired twice, because one firing just isn't enough.

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13. LinkedIn is pretty much a site that just screams out "I’m a massive imposter, when are they going to realise?"

If I knew my CV would live online as part of some social media site used primarily by middle-aged office workers named Ian or that kid from high school who wore his dad's suit to the school disco, I probably would have made more of an effort tbh.
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If I knew my CV would live online as part of some social media site used primarily by middle-aged office workers named Ian or that kid from high school who wore his dad's suit to the school disco, I probably would have made more of an effort tbh.

14. Emails are all potential messages of doom.

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15. Online dating is HELL.

"Why would I even want to date someone who'd date someone like me? Jesus, have some standards."
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"Why would I even want to date someone who'd date someone like me? Jesus, have some standards."

16. Especially when it comes to making small talk.

Note: The above conversation is sadly real.
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Note: The above conversation is sadly real.