Social media has become so much more than just a way to connect with family and friends. Nowadays, people use social media to develop their own personal brand. If you scroll through any network news feed, you’ll notice that most of the photos are far from being unpremeditated. In a time where likes are basically currency, people are willing to go above and beyond to get some social media love from their followers.
A lot of people have become very strategic with their posts, and some go completely overboard, orchestrating photos to a ridiculous degree.
However, the real kicker is that the overall goal seems to be to make these intricately constructed photos seem completely effortless. Here are 25 pictures that show how the “perfect” social media photos people post online are really one giant lie.
1. When it comes to social media, looking like you are certifiably insane to a couple of onlookers is completely justifiable as long as your followers don’t know the truth. It appears that this girl wanted to show the world how connected to nature she is, but little do they know, she’s just loitering in a backyard, which hopefully is her own.
2. There’s one thing, ahem, two things that are guaranteed to get some online attention, and this girl is well aware of that. Who needs Photoshop when you can sacrifice other limbs to make up for what you lack? She certainly deserves points for creativity, but this doesn’t seem like a pose that’s super practical for future photos if she plans on keeping up the facade.
3. Meals are just like a night out on the town in the world of social media, if it wasn’t photographed, it basically didn’t happen. There’s no denying that overhead meal shots are visually appealing, but the next time you’re feeling self-conscious about your microwavable meal, just remember how awkwardly someone must have contorted themselves just to make the picture happen.
4. If only social media allowed you to actually take a step back and look at the bigger picture. There’s a reason this photo was so delicately framed. The background becomes a lot less dreamy when you realize that this girl is lying half on a sidewalk in someone’s unkempt front lawn.
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