15+ Random Things We Learned From Social Media

Diply 25 Oct 2018

We use social media to post selfies, show off our brunch spread, and tag friends in memes. However, if you scroll outside of your feed there are actually a ton of helpful tips that make life a little easier.

These little lifehacks will help you take better photos, save money, and look your best. Take a look at some of the things we learned from the 'gram.

1. Use your headphones as a remote shutter for your phone.

Instagram | @5.min.crafts

If you want to take a cool photo but don't have another person to help you out, you can use the volume button on your headphones instead.

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Simply set up your phone, plug your headphones in, and click on the volume button to take your photo. 

Instagram | @5.min.crafts

This is an awesome way to get a selfie with a cool background in the shot.

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2. Don't have time to shower? Out of dry shampoo?

Instagram | @selfcareyouu

A little dash of baby powder should clear up those greasy roots in an instant. Social media prevents another bad hair day.

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3. The Starbucks secret menu is a thing. 

Instagram | @cute_stuff_online

The next time I go to Starbucks, I might just need to try the coveted pink drink, cotton candy frappuccino, or any of the other crazy creations that aren't on the regular menu.

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4. You can make a planter with a piece of newspaper. 

Instagram | @diplycrafty

If you want to ease your way into gardening, this is a great tip for beginners. Crafty shows us how to make this planter with just a sheet of newspaper and a few folds and tucks.

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It's an easy and eco-friendly project. 

Instagram | @diplycrafty

The best thing about this project is that you can directly plant the newspaper into your pot. No need to transplant your new, leafy friend.

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5. There is a better way to shave. 

Instagram | @skinxcarexaddiction

I've been using men's razors for years. I find that they are generally a little cheaper and work better when it comes to getting a smooth shave.

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6. Store your Beauty Blender in an Easter egg. 

Instagram | @brieisabelcarter

Okay, whoever thought of this is a genius. Keep germs away from your Beauty Blender (you are going to rub it on your face, after all) with this trick.

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7. Try taking a photo near neon lights. 

Instagram | @alexander_panetta

Suddenly, you've become a professional photographer. Have fun experimenting with the different effects a neon sign can produce for your photos.

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8. Sub in these phrases when you're trying to hit your word count. 

Instagram | @vibingthreads

If you've left your paper until the night before the deadline, don't sweat. These handy phrases sound professional and will help you reach your word count faster.

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9. Fitted sheets are the ultimate beach accessory. 

Instagram | @htans_marlton

Everyone likes the beach, but 99% of the population hates bringing sand home with them. With a fitted sheet, you can create a sand-free oasis. Ahhhh, much better.

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10. A ton of snacks are actually vegan. 

Instagram | @selfcareyouu

Sour Patch Kids, some Doritos, and yes, even Oreos are vegan. That means you can binge and not feel too guilty.

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11. Beauty is possible on a budget. 

Instagram | @beautydupe.s

Beauty dupes are probably one of the best things about Instagram. Thank you for keeping my makeup bag stocked up on a budget.

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12. This trick to avoiding socially awkward situations. 

Instagram | @dewaynekperkins

I really wish I had known about this idea sooner. It would have saved me from a few awkward encounters, to say the least.

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13. Bullet journals can help you get your life together. 

Instagram | @feebujo

Remember those agendas you would get in grade school? Bullet journals are kind of like that, but way more creative. Organize your life and express yourself!

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14. Desk hammocks are the luxury you didn't know you needed.

Instagram | @diplycrafty

Stuck studying? Make it a little more comfy with a desk hammock. Crafty has a fast and easy way to make one for your desk ASAP.

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15. Knock off YEEZY boots for a couple of bucks. 

Instagram | @thenuvogue

If you aren't ready to drop a couple hundred dollars on a pair of YEEZY boots, DIY your own with a pair of socks and some heels you already own.

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How cute are these? 

Instagram | @thenuvogue

After you've slipped your socks over your heels, just remember to add an adhesive non-stick sole to the bottom so you won't slip. We won't tell anyone that they aren't real YEEZYs.

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16. Try this trick for creative photos to add to your feed.

Instagram | @editingxthreads

Recycle those old CDs into the ultimate photo prop. Everyone will wonder what filter you used to get this rainbow effect.

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17. Need a quick power nap?

Instagram | @Alpha_Lima_Whiskey_

It might be borderline creepy, but hey, if you need to nap, you need to nap. Someone try this and let me know how it goes, okay?

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18. There is a correct way to pose for your photos. 

Instagram | @alexandramitroshina

Try angling your body to the side slightly to add more depth to your photos. It creates a more flattering shot so you'll basically look like a contestant on America's Next Top Model.

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This tip also applies to profile shots.

Instagram | @alexandramitroshina

Kicking your leg out a bit creates more of a diagonal composition. That sounds complicated, but really it just means a better and more interesting photo. Go get those likes!

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19. Use a tampon to make a DIY air freshener. 

Instagram | @the_original_purple_girl

Is it weird? Yes. Does it work? Yes. Dip a tampon in an essential oil and stick it in one of your car vents if you need a quick blast of freshness.

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20. Hang up your phone with your charger. 

Instagram | @americanjewelleryco

The floor is not an ideal place for your phone. Simply wrap your charger around the plug to make this phone hammock. Rest easy, little phone.

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