YouTubers Prove Just How Easy It Is To Fake Enviable Jet-Setting Trips On Instagram
Sometimes, you never know what to believe on the Internet. People post pictures and videos of their vacations on social media, but it’s not always what it seems. They add creative filters, take close-up pictures, and have elaborate planning to make their social media presence the best one ever. But, in some instances, these social media influencers don’t even go on a vacation. They seem to present constant perfection on Instagram, but it’s fake. They stage vacations, often never even leaving their home country.
Isn’t that crazy? YouTubers seem to agree, which is why several have decided to film videos proving how easy it is to be fooled on social media. Their videos are great, but they also deliver an important message we need to consider.
Going To Bora Bora?
Bora Bora seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s gorgeous and it’s definitely an eye-catching photo opportunity for social media. If you scroll through your Instagram newsfeed and you see a photo of Bora Bora’s bright blue ocean water, you quickly ‘like’ it. So, when fans noticed popular YouTuber Liraz Roxy was vacationing in Bora Bora in March 2019, they were amazed by her Instagram photos and videos. The scenery was beautiful and it seemed Roxy was legitimate. But unfortunately, it was fake.
She noted in her YouTube video, “If you have Instagram nowadays, you can pretty much fake everything, from your relationship to literally your lunch. And it’s so, so easy.” Instead of flying to Bora Bora, she used leftover photos and videos from her recent vacation to Hawaii.
Every day, she posted photos and videos on Instagram to trick her followers into believing she was actually spending a week on the Polynesian island. She used appropriate hashtags, added creative filters to “brighten” the ocean water, and avoided any photos that would reveal her secret. Her followers believed her, reaching 3,000 likes. Once she revealed her secret, Roxy wanted to educate her followers to be aware of social media. Don’t get wrapped up in what people post on Instagram. Don’t feel like your life is boring in comparison. Roxy commented, “Please you guys, don’t be depressed over something you don’t know for sure because it can still be fake.”
Partying At Coachella?
In April 2019, YouTube vlogger Gabbie Hanna seemed to have attended the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. She shared photos on Instagram that looked like everyone else’s photos who had attended the iconic music festival. But she didn’t even attend the festival. She took photos near locations Coachella visitors usually take photos at and then used Photoshop to make it seem like she was actually at the festival. The photos seem realistic. She fooled her Instagram followers, gaining half a million likes. But she wanted to make a statement that a lot of people who go to Coachella are only going to improve their social media presence, and Hanna doesn’t like that.
“There’s a lot of people that go to Coachella who do not enjoy the experience just because they’re going for Instagram pictures,” Hanna said. “And that, to me, feels stressful.” There’s a quick way to relieve this stress: stop worrying about what people think on social media.
No One Is Perfect
While some followers called these YouTubers “hypocritical” for lying to them, the YouTubers don’t care. They were performing a social media experiment and they weren’t happy with the results. According to Hanna, people care too much about how they look on social media that it ruins the fun. She said, “I know a lot of people look at people on Instagram and social media and think, ‘Wow, their life is impossibly perfect.’” But that’s impossible because no one is perfect. Hanna added, “Looks and appearances are important when it comes to branding and your social presence, just know that those things aren’t always as attainable as they seem.”
No one is perfect. As these YouTubers prove, stop comparing yourself to others on the Internet. If you could see what goes on behind-the-scenes, you would know they aren’t perfect.
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