Ryan Kerrigan’s Instagram experiment

October 21, 2013

 (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

It’s not uncommon for people to use social media to share random inspirational quotes, sometimes in photo form. Ryan Kerrigan clearly isn’t a fan of such practices, and posted a commentary chiding those who take it a bit too far.

Kerrigan tweeted the following missive on Saturday in two parts (1 and 2):

During my short time on Instagram, I’ve picked up on a few of the main trends. #MCM, #WCW, and of course #TBT to name a few. But one trend that doesn’t have an abbreviated hashtag, or a title at all for that matter, is the trend of posting a picture accompanied by a deep, artistic, emotion-evoking quote. The quote often times has little to nothing to do with the posted picture. The whole thing is done seemingly to make other people believe they are artistic, creative, etc., and quote frankly this whole fad of “look at me I’m artsy and stuff” is just ridiculous. Even more ridiculous than posting these kinds of things is that these posts seem to get the most “likes” on Instagram. I must be missing something. When did it become cool to take a pic of yourself staring off into the distance and then couple that with a quote like “always work your hardest and never forget where you came from”? See any correlation between the quote and picture? Me neither.

Anyway, I plan to test this theory. I’m gonna post a pic of an inanimate object along with an unrelated quote and I guarantee it gets an undeserved amount of “likes.” I’ll report my findings.

A bit later, Kerrigan posted the below photo with this description:

“Life is a song– sing it. Life is a game– play it. Life is a dream– realize it. Life is love– enjoy it!” – Sai Baba#deep #artisitic #CompatiblePictureAndQuote #nofilter#JustKiddingIUsedAFilter

As of this posting, it had 422 likes.

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