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While lots of people shy away from sharing too much of their personal life on Twitter, many use it to project their innermost fears, hopes and desires.
Twitter is also a place where people talk about what they hold most dear, so we decided to look at data over two months to determine what Twitter “can’t (or couldn’t) live without”.
no cellphone, no facebook. (I can’t live without twitter tho)
— Pret (@rorororomelameh) February 25, 2016
The aim was to remove the spam (“10 beauty products you can’t live without”, for example) and identify patterns in what people were talking about.
From the 1st of January to the end of February we found 16,000 unfiltered mentions of people talking about things they couldn’t survive without, excluding retweets.
Here are ten things we found large groups of tweeters declaring their need for.
We thought we’d find Netflix and we were right. Round 150 people purported not to be able to live without the streaming service.
@netflix you are my drug. I can’t live without you ?
— Sarii (@sariivalero) February 19, 2016
It’s even turned into a pick up line:
Are you Netflix? bc I can’t live without you
— bananón (@Onemarlenesday) January 3, 2016
If you can’t leave your house without earphones in you’ll empathize with these hundreds of tweeters. Music is definitely an essential part of life to a lot of people, and plenty have taken to Twitter to express their need for it.
The things I can’t live without. Music. Art. Fresh Air. Good food.
— Amelyth (@AmelythLomax) February 29, 2016
Anyone got headphones im begging you? I can’t live without music for more than 2 hours pls give me my life support
— skyler (@skylerrose_) February 16, 2016
I can’t live without music, I hate silence but I love being alone with music ?
— KRIZIA LINDSAY (@meetheBIEBZ) January 8, 2016
It’s no secret that living without a phone is hard, and over 400 tweeters are happy to admit they couldn’t live without theirs. iPhones made up around a quarter of these tweets.
Sometimes I wish smart phones were never invented, even though I couldn’t live without my iPhone
— Doüg (@SmithDug) February 18, 2016
Some tweeters even write poetic messages to their phones:
Dear phone, I can’t live without you no matter what I go through, I always need you.
— Gerald Anderson (@iGeraldAnderson) February 28, 2016
While many connections are made online, family and pets were a lot more popular subjects of “can’t live without” tweets than internet related topics like Netflix or social media.
I can’t live without my brother, he has a 4G WiFi :)!
— ` FATEMA ~ (@F_Suwailem) February 28, 2016
We found over 500 mentions of family and pets, plus nearly 200 mentions of friends. How sweet.
We found a whole lot of junk food tweets and decided to group them by searching for popular food types.
Eating healthy idea lasted all of four days. I can’t live without pizza
— Joe Serpico (@JoeSerp) February 13, 2016
Fries, burgers, pancakes and hot dogs made up our initial search and we found a plenty of brand names within them, from McDonald’s to Bob’s Burgers.
Here’s a break down of some of the food types we found tweeters declaring their love for:
On the subject of food, we definitely appreciated this bread-loving tweet:
I couldn’t live without bread…. you could say that I knead it to survive
— greekboi95 (@universitydad) March 23, 2016
We separated meat and cheese from junk food because of a common pattern we spotted.
Though many were talking about not being able to live without either or both, many were using them as reasons why they or someone they knew couldn’t become a vegan or vegetarian.
I can’t live without red meat, i can never be a vegetarian lol.
— Eric Saenz (@Eric_Abram) February 18, 2016
got an interview at a vegan restaurant..but how to i explain to them I can’t live without cheese
— Gabrielle Gutierrez (@gooobie11) January 27, 2016
Leaving the vegan/vegetarian mentions aside, there were around 90 mentions of cheese and 150 mentions of meat amid the “I can’t live without” tweets.
Who knew tweeters loved social media so much? We recently wrote about people talking about being addicted to social media, and these guys might fall into that category.
What going on youtube??? ???
I can’t live without you!!!
— Macy Aronce (@Cutcy_Macy) March 1, 2016
We found hundreds of mentions from people not being able to live without all sorts of different social media, though for some tweeters it might not be the network that’s important but the subject.
I can’t live without seeing @KendallJenner ‘s Facebook and Twitter
— BARBARA FOLLOW ME♔ (@angelasslv) January 7, 2016
We definitely weren’t surprised to find hundreds of mentions of coffee in our “can’t live without” dataset.
Couldn’t live without a nice cuppa coffee in the mornings, sets me up for me day ahead
— Bigman (@Kieran_T4) February 26, 2016
@Starbucks You are my life! I can’t live without you. I’m so happy you exist! I love youuu!
— dawnspookstopher (@sincerelydawnxx) February 27, 2016
Dunkin’ Donuts was definitely feeling the love from this tweet:
@AmberCalak And we can’t live without you. Welp, guess we’re dating ;) ^NS
— Dunkin’ Donuts (@DunkinDonuts) February 29, 2016
Avoiding the article spam (“10 beauty products you can’t live without” etc) by removing .com links, we found plenty of people talking about make-up and specific products that they love enough not to tweet about.
We found nearly 300 instances of people saying they can’t live without make-up, although we suspect there are far more.
I can’t live without my velvet teddy lipstick
— brianda diaz (@_brianduh) February 27, 2016
One makeup product you can’t live without ? Mine is mascara.
— Robyn Fenty (@hasnaadow) January 23, 2016
I couldn’t live without concealer
— mel (@melissahuntxo) February 20, 2016
Well, maybe we deserved to witness this sickening outpour of love since we searched for “can’t live without” during the Valentine’s period. We certainly weren’t expecting to find over 1,000 mentions of “Can’t/couldn’t live without you”, though.
Twitter is all loved up whether they’re directing their tweets at another account or at a mysterious someone who’s not aware of the tweeter’s feelings.
Since the melancholic tweets are heartfelt and sometimes tragic, but also a bit hilarious, we thought it’d be a bit mean to post them here. Instead, here are some people who’s “you” in question wasn’t human.
food is my only true love
food never let me down
food has been there for me when I needed it
food, food, food I can’t live without you ???
— P.Scott (@pscott_1) January 3, 2016
I Can’t live without you @googlemaps ?
— Manar.alrasheedi (@almner9) January 5, 2016
Can’t live with you, can’t live without you. Oh KFC. Why so good !!
— Monotosh (@iam_monotosh) January 10, 2016
What can’t you live without? Let us know @BW_React