And I mean I genuinely l-o-a-t-h-e them. They drive me completely insane.
There. I said it. I just had to get that off my chest. And for those of you - my friends - who
That being said, I can understand using them as a way to label specific posts. For example, if you participate in what's called "Throwback Thursday" where on Thursdays you post a picture from the past, and you use the hashtag #throwbackthursday to label it as such so that when people want to look at other people's Throwback Thursday posts on Instagram, it's simple to do so...I get that. It's why I use labels on my blog posts so I can easily find something later on.
But other than that...I simply cannot stand them. When people will #hashtag #every #single #word #in #their #sentence? Uh, yeah...why, exactly? Or when they hashtag every single thing in their picture - like if they post a picture of a bird in a tree with a blue sky in the background they would do this: #sky #bird #bluesky #bluebird #tree #treewithnoleaves #beautifulsky #bluebackground #birdsittinginatree...really?
And then there's those who choose to write complete sentences using hashtags. Like if they would post a picture of their breakfast and then type: #ireallywantedcornpopsforbreakfastbuthadtosettleforfruitloopsinstead. Why wouldn't you just type: "I really wanted Corn Pops for breakfast but had to settle for Fruit Loops instead?" I just don't get it.
I know what you may be thinking: Don't knock it till you try it. Well, I did try it. Way back in the beginning of the year, I posted a picture on Instagram showing me relaxing on the couch with a book and a cup of hot tea on a Sunday afternoon. My hashtag read something like #ilovesundays. And I think that was the first and last time I used a hashtag [other than to use #handiwork on the first several pictures of my crocheted creations that I posted, but even that ended pretty quickly when I realized just how many other pictures have that label that have nothing remotely in common with MY kind of handiwork].
So, I did try it. And I still hate it. I hate that there are no punctuation marks, I hate that there are no spaces between the words, and I hate it that one day my kids will be living in the time where people only speak in hashtags. What is happening to the English language?
Am I the only one who is irritated by this phenomenon?
Okay, rant over. For now.