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This guy’s brilliant graphs will sum up your entire life

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Watching a movie with your parents, the first day back at school after the summer break, giving your phone to someone who asks to look at a photo – just three of the most anxiety-inducing things that can happen in life to all of us. But just why do they bring out such terror in us? What’s the process going on throughout? How does it work?

Well, Matt Shirley must be some kind of psychologist-meets-soothsayer because every day he creates a graph which picks out a particular strand of life and perfectly converts it into graph form.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry but most of all you’ll think, “Yes that is indeed exactly what my life as adult is like compared to my life as a kid and that makes me deeply sad but also slightly happier that someone else understands the pointlessness of being a completely directionless grown-up”.

So thanks Matt – you should follow him on Instagram, and enjoy a selection of his excellent graphs below.

The cycle of adulthood

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Being drunk vs. being a baby

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The first day of school

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How to dance well

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Should you touch my phone?

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Every Game of Thrones episode

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Summer cycles

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Game of Thrones vs. my life

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The string cheese / serial killer Venn diagram

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Grocery line anxiety chart

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Every high school seating chart

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Airplane seatmates

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Tuesdays

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Commute cycle

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The photo Venn diagram

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Dating pools

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Watching a movie with your parents

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How long minutes feel

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Sunday night

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ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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