News Weed: Man Posts Same Stories on Snapchat and Instagram, Alienates Friends

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News Weed: Man Posts Same Stories on Snapchat and Instagram, Alienates Friends

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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umbai, Jan 30: Prateikk Mehta, 28, is your everyday urban yuppie. He is a “digital entrepreneur” and even runs his own agency, “Velon-kay-Jund”, which apparently means something cool in French and his résumé boldly spells out the words “Social Media Maverick” in Comic Sans MS. But there’s just one problem: Prateikk’s story mirroring is making his friends alienate him.

For the uninitiated, story mirroring is the politically correct term for a fairly deadly, although not fatal, condition. Sufferers, both young men and women, feel compelled by psychological pressures to post the same “story” on Instagram as well as Snapchat. (For older readers: “Story” is a term that describes a photograph or a video posted on social media with a lifespan of 24 hours, and must not be confused with literature of any kind.) Affected people, who have no control over their impulses, also display another symptom: the inability to understand hints dropped by their friends, warning them about this practice that renders them total squares.  

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