The Different Types of People There Are on the Internet

People Who Love Their Dogs as Much as They Love Their Human Loved Ones


This may be self-explanatory, but it still merits a rigorous and shattering account of these people, the people who love their dogs as much as they love their human loved ones, many of whom I have found on Facebook and Twitter. They are easy to find. Their profile photos on Facebook, obviously, involve their dog. Most of the photos in their albums show the person and the dog together, which is bad, but still socially acceptable if the dog is at a certain level of indisputable, objective cuteness. But many of their albums contain photos of only the dog, alone. Worse, the person is often tagged as the dog. In their “about me” info on Facebook, the people who love their dogs as much as they love their loved ones have descriptive diatribes that announce things like “Dogs can’t find it in their hearts to hate or be mean [understood point: unlike you terrible people], dogs are our best friends, dogs lead our hearts down paths to other worlds.” On Twitter, people who love their dogs as much as they love their loved ones tweet their mundane activities, but remind us that their dog is also present, of course, or around the house, i.e. “I’m home folding the laundry. Boopsie growls whenever the dryer buzzes! hehe!” or, “Just chillin on the couch watching the Westminster show with Snappy, our vote is for the toy poodle!”

via Daniel Roberts

People Who Promote Christianity on Their Facebook

At first glance, their Facebook profiles seem normal. They have photos of smiling friends on ski trips, introspective Mac photobooth pictures. But then you read the “About Me” and shit gets real weird. It reads, “I want to tell you about a guy I know whose name is Jesus Christ. He died for our sins and if you want to know more, you should e-mail me.” Ugh. There is, like, nothing worse than a weird Christian on Facebook. Their quotes are always pulled from the Bible, they have photos of their friends drinking hot chocolate and playing party games that should only be played while wasted. Their drug of choice is an Oreo dunked in milk. They’re horrible in general but on Facebook, they reach a whole new level of gross. Their Facebook statuses usually say some variation of “God told me to just breathe today and I’ll make it through. Thanks, God. LOL!” or “Going to meet the girls at Chilli’s in a sec. Molten lava chocolate cake? Talk about a sin!” Normally, you can avoid Christians by becoming a homosexual and moving to a big city like New York but Facebook makes them unavoidable. They’re here, they’re Christian and we need to blog about it.

via Ryan O'Connell

People Who Are Infatuated With Los Angeles Socialites


I don’t live in Los Angeles or affiliate with socialites, but somewhere along the way I was mistaken for someone who does. I rarely interact with fans of ‘Cobrasnake culture’ formally, but anonymous questions from said types appear in my Formspring inbox from time to time. Most of the inquiries come from girls in unremarkable American suburbs who wish to grow up and be ‘on the A-list.’ They add everyone in Hollywood on Facebook. They wear Doc Marten boots, shredded crop tops, and use words like ‘cray’ and ‘DGAF’ in an attempt to blend in with their Californian idols. They almost never solicit me to chat with them – instead they observe from afar. They’re the types of people who believe that a hipster is anyone who owns a Tumblr account and a sideways cross ring from Forever 21. They may or may not get hammered over the weekends and create YouTube videos in which they declare that they ‘run LA.’

via Bebe Zeva

People Who Use Internet Words In Real Life


These are the people that you first met online through some messageboard or artistic collaboration and have since that time developed a specific, internet-vocabulary. This vocabulary has come about as the result of specific topics of conversation you both usually riff off as well as the website-environment you both inhabit. When you finally meet this person in real life, they attempt to reference words and language you use in your chatting and when they do this they make eye contact with you trying to get you to participate and reinforce the bond of an inside joke – but really it just feels awkward. Hearing someone say “lolcats” or “teh kitteh” out loud just sounds fucked up and weird. They keep using internet words, and it keeps sounding very unlike how you say it in your head, and very unlike normal sounds that you want to hear. When you try to reciprocate and speak internet language with your mouth, it sounds just as bad. You realize that internet words must remain typed and never spoken and force yourself not to acknowledge your well-meaning internet/now-IRL friend’s vies for inside-joke internet-speak bonding.

via Sari Moon

People Who Play Online Poker/ Fantasy Football


These people are usually male, 20-30, and not talented enough to play either sport IRL. They majored in business and gain a sense of relevance by complaining loudly about the bad beat they took on the river or how their starting running back suffered from a high ankle sprain. They are extremely serious about the numbers associated with their sport and can recite from memory the winning percentage of a pocket pair versus an ace king/ how many touchdowns Adrian Peterson scored last season. They enjoy talking shit to their opponents and ruining a perfectly good game of football by constantly mentioning their fantasy team. These people wear backwards hats while at their computer to stay in “the zone.”

via Ben Saucier

People Who are Former Digg Libertarians (Now reddit Libertarians)


No, you weren’t a part of the Digg Patriots. You were far more pervasive: a breed of “socially liberal, fiscally conservative” Digg users who believed the government should keep its fat, inefficient nose out of everything. And even though you’d never taken an economics class, the efficiency of market forces just seemed so obvious. People just didn’t get it. Had they ever read anything on the internet?

And on Digg, your influence was strong. During the 2008 election, thanks to you, Ron Paul made up 20% of the “upcoming” articles — not just in the politics section, but on the entire site. That’s a lot for a guy who received less than 3% of the country’s vote.

But what you didn’t realize was that Ron Paul’s popularity on Digg had less to do with what he stood for and more to do with Digg users trying to validate themselves. You just wanted to prove that Digg wielded a power greater than sending massive amounts of traffic to Mashable articles. Thanks to you and your commenting cohorts, Digg was going to put Ron Paul in the White House. It wasn’t about Ron Paul, it was about you — which makes sense, because everything Libertarianism stands for motivated by self-interest.

And now that Digg has caved to pressure from its investors to become a largely paid sponsorship shit show (instead of a nerdy, democratic shit show), you feel betrayed. So you migrated to your formal rival: reddit.

It’s chaos over there. It’s an ugly site full of ugly people, like the format of the original Digg combined with the immaturity and disorder of 4chan. But it’ll have to do, for now… RON PAUL 2012!

via Kevin Nguyen


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  • Joy

    Can I add another one?
    “People who are too impatient to read multiple-page articles on the internet about the different types of people on the internet.”

    • Daniel Roberts

      but took the time to post a comment, eh

      • langer


      • Joy

        Ok, ok, there's also: “People who like to leave comments on long articles complaining about long articles.”

        Whatever. Happy?

  • DiTrapano


  • stephen

    i felt a desire to give kudos to erik stinson and blake butler
    all seemed interesting tho

    i skimmed a bit. did anyone do “people who change their profile picture almost daily and have created a vaguely unsettling document of their fluctuating narcissism/overcompensation for [something] in their profile pictures section as a result”?

    • Brandon Gorrell

      nice, no one did that

      • leighalexander

        scared it's me too

    • saramcgrath

      scared that's me

  • Lolly

    this fucking rules.

  • aaron nicholas

    for “People Who Are Over 80-Years-Old or Under 7-Years-Old”
    i immediately thought of this:


  • bodum

    jimmy chens was my fave

    • Jimmy Chen

      sweet, feel like i should 'like' this, but i'm shy

  • jacob

    thought it was funny how someone used a image without mentioning dump in their article.

    • uhnonnymus

      I think it was assumed that Dump was the primary distraction of “People Who Have Forgotten What They Were Supposed to Be Doing.”

      • Brandon Gorrell

        the .gif was made by erik i think, who contributed

    • Catherine Lacey

      I'd never heard of It seems weird.

  • Ben

    “Dads think Firefox and Mozilla are rock bands “

    jhahabhaha damn this is true shit yall

  • Jocelyn

    jimmy's > just for the fact that my dad still uses dogpile to search for “big titty porn” on his google-branded android phone like it's still 1999 & we're on aol 4.0

    • Jimmy Chen

      just realized aol preceded lol, cuz it ain't funny

    • halfling_rogue

      Damn…Dogpile is still around? That is a blast from the past…that used to be my favorite search engine, oh, and MetaCrawler…

  • Elizabeth Shelby

    People who only use social media to talk about HOW INCREDIBLY BUSY they are. UGH!

  • missmollymary

    two more who have (possibly) won the internet: coke talk and ned hepburn/the folks at epic mag.

  • Patrick

    no 4chan /b/ goons?

    • Bee Goode

      i don't think you are allowed to talk about them or they will 'hack ur life' until u cry like jessie slaughter.

  • david miller

    @chandler: i'm glad your mom likes matador

  • ekibyou

    People Who “Claim” to Have a “Degree” in Journalism But Cannot Distinguish Between “Post Post Script” and “Post Script Script”

    People Who Graduated From University of Phoenix. “Online Degrees for Busy Adults.”

    • Bonzai!

      How much is a bike horn going for these days anyway? Five bucks? Ten bucks?

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  • Herpderpington

    forgot trolls.

  • qutequte

    I guess I fall into the last group “People who take SHIT seriously.” haha Very interesting article – thank you!

  • HannahJ

    You forgot “teenage girls on Facebook who add guys only because they're hot.”

  • Lady Blue ✔ VERIFIED

    This was FUNNY. My favorites were: People who are Dads and People who promote Christianity on their facebook. Spot on and hilarious.
    People who take shit seriously = every Jezebel commenter that ever lived.
    Guys with retail jobs who read rap blogs, I definitely know plenty of those.
    People who are cool Moms, I'd like to meet some of those. Just because.
    People who talk shit = me.
    The rest can all log off and die.

  • Nil

    You forgot people who reverse engineer super nintendo games.

  • Joy

    Some of this is funny. Most of it is not. Did this really need to be 4 pages? Grandmas AND dads AND moms are on the Internet? But what about aunts? Cousins? Step-moms? The point is: editing is your friend. The article feels link-bait-y, elitist, and smug. HTMLGIANT and The Rumpus? You *wish* you were in the same category, Thought Catalog.

    • spinflux

      If it weren’t four pages, it would have been too cliched and not worth reading. This was funnier than “Five Different Types of People on the Internet” would’ve been. That’s what is for.

  • lukebourassa

    This was the best thing I've read today, even though it's sort of a cliche list-type thing… it's well-written and funny. Also bittersweet, because I'm the guy in the pink shirt and I don't know if I'm happy about that or not.

  • daedalhead

    Can think of more categories, to be sure.
    I find myself torn between feeling left out because I am not
    represented here, & being a bit relieved.
    (I _was_ on the internet, became disabled, missed the entire
    Myspace/Facebook/Twitter/RSS/whatever wave because I have
    been unable to use a computer for _years_,
    & am now just getting my feet wet again…
    It is more intimidating than you might imagine.)
    Keep up the good work.

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  • Rayan Khayat

    SO judgmental jeez

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