Hate-Following People Actually Has Legit Benefits

Admit it, you follow at least one person you’re no longer friend in real life with on social media, right? So why? Social psychologist, Dr. Erin Vogel says it could be fore a few reasons: jealousy (you want the “perfect” life they project, which can be addicting), or you do so to feel better about yourself. Vogel explains, “If somebody’s posts are really annoying, and we feel we’re not that way, then hate-following them can make us feel we’re doing better than they are.” Following someone you don’t really like can also “be a way of directing anger or anxiety from other things onto a ‘harmless’ source,” but the experts say just make sure you’re not turning into a judgmental jerk instead of working on yourself.