This is why your Instagram idol will never, ever reply to you

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Instagram is arguably one of the best social media platforms to interact with famous people, and a lot of users attempt to do just that. You’d be surprised at how many fans covet the hard-to-get “first!” comment on an Instagram post, all in the hopes of capturing the attention of their favorite actor or musician or athlete or celebrity.

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The thing most regular people forget? These famous folks have followers in the hundred thousands, if not millions, and likes and comments arrive like a torrential downpour. You’d have to be particularly witty or obscenely offensive to catch the eye or ire of a celeb, and you’d have to catch them at just the right moment when they’ve got nothing better to do than scroll through their Instagram account’s recent activity.

Otherwise, they most probably have their push notifications turned off. Why? Because if they didn’t, their phones would become possessed by a demon and cause it to go hay-wire, as demonstrated by 433, a popular football-centric account that has 8 million followers.

According to Demy De Zeeuw—who runs 433—his posts garner over 200,000 likes on average, and to show just what that kind of attention would look like on your smartphone, he shared a preview of his phone with Instagram push notifications enabled:

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In short: if you really want your idol to notice you, you might have a better shot on Twitter.

H/T TechCrunch | Screengrab via Instagram

Jam Kotenko

Jam Kotenko

Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter and graphic designer who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.