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A quick scroll through social media and you might begin to think that you're not good enough. There, people look so happy, so beautiful, it's as if the whole world is theirs.

But it's important to remember that their uploads are just snapshots and that they often don't reflect the full story, either. To illustrate this point, we present to you the subreddit 'Instagram Reality.'

Its 1.2 million members regularly share images that expose the fake people online, highlighting just how ridiculous their photo editing has become. There's always more than meets the eye.

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What She Posted vs. What The Man On The Right Posted

 What She Posted vs. What The Man On The Right Posted

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#2

When You Skip Left Arm Day On Photoshop?

When You Skip Left Arm Day On Photoshop?

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Such edits might seem insignificant, but they contribute to the overall online landscape, and social media has been shown to negatively impact mental health, especially for teens.

Posts, likes, and comments can contribute to feelings of perfectionism, anxiety, and even body negativity.

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Come On...seriously?!?

Come On...seriously?!?

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Jeremy Tyler, PsyD, an assistant professor of clinical Psychiatry at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, speaks with patients about perfectionism and often addresses social media as a stressor.

"A big trigger for perfectionism is social media and that fear of missing out,” he said. “It can be challenging to take a step back and recognize that what is being posted isn’t reality."

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#8

She Posts A Lotta Videos So I Didn't Expect This Stark Of A Difference

She Posts A Lotta Videos So I Didn't Expect This Stark Of A Difference

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Addi
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't this Mikayla Nogueira? That makeup influencer who faked how a product looked in a review?

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"Many assume that people with those perfect photos don’t have problems, but they do. It’s important to remember that the people behind the lens are just as stressed and nervous as everyone else," Tyler added.

"Everybody suffers at some point or feels less than perfect. Social media expression is inherently biased because very few people aim to post about their flaws."

#10

I Was Checking Out Tagged Photos Of A Restaurant And Stumbled Upon This

I Was Checking Out Tagged Photos Of A Restaurant And Stumbled Upon This

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Olivia Lisbon
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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah, a common problem when you make your head tiny - if you don’t shrink/align the rest, your face won’t fit.

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#11

Why Do People Edit Their Heads So Small? Her Hand Is Literally Twice The Size

Why Do People Edit Their Heads So Small? Her Hand Is Literally Twice The Size

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#12

She Uses This Filter Not Only For Her But For Everyone Else

She Uses This Filter Not Only For Her But For Everyone Else

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Olivia Lisbon
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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because who doesn’t want to look identical(ly unnerving) to everyone else?

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#13

Her Left Brow Has An Escape Plan

Her Left Brow Has An Escape Plan

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While striving for the best can be seen as a positive character trait, studies show that perfectionism can harm our mental health.

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Adolescents are increasingly holding unrealistic expectations of what they should own, how they should look, and what they need to achieve, which is linked to higher rates of anxiety.

#14

Her Posts Have Seriously Helped Me Feel Better About My Body! Love Seeing These Types Of Photos

Her Posts Have Seriously Helped Me Feel Better About My Body! Love Seeing These Types Of Photos

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#15

This Lady Lives Somewhere Near Me And Frequents Dating Apps. Genuinely Disturbed Upset By Her Appearance Every Time It Crosses My Path

This Lady Lives Somewhere Near Me And Frequents Dating Apps. Genuinely Disturbed Upset By Her Appearance Every Time It Crosses My Path

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#16

This Girl Has Gained A Huge Following Of Mostly Men And Young Girls Because Of Her Tiny Waist. Recently She Posted Photos From A Photoshoot, Then The Photographer Posted The Originals

This Girl Has Gained A Huge Following Of Mostly Men And Young Girls Because Of Her Tiny Waist. Recently She Posted Photos From A Photoshoot, Then The Photographer Posted The Originals

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Jack Smith
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

but she's... already skinny??? why does she want to be even thinner???

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#18

Twin Reality TV Star’s Instagram Post vs. Tagged Story Post…

Twin Reality TV Star’s Instagram Post vs. Tagged Story Post…

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#19

Legs For Days!

Legs For Days!

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Olivia Lisbon
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The longer you look, the more confusing it gets - wtf is going on with that upper body?

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#20

Found By A Friend In The Wild: Filter Madness

Found By A Friend In The Wild: Filter Madness

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#21

Need Help Reaching The Top Shelf?

Need Help Reaching The Top Shelf?

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#22

The Way This Is Not A Parody Account…

The Way This Is Not A Parody Account…

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Devon Archer
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The photoshop is decent here. It’s obviously super fake but photoshop is decent

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#23

How Anything Thinks This Extreme Photo Shopping Looks Good/Believable Is Beyond Me

How Anything Thinks This Extreme Photo Shopping Looks Good/Believable Is Beyond Me

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#25

A Totally Real Body For Sure

A Totally Real Body For Sure

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perfectly normal and average airport attire that everyone always wears 🙄

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#29

How Can They Smell Without Nostrils

How Can They Smell Without Nostrils

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#30

This Woman I Met Years Ago Posting Progressively Weirder Stuff On Facebook

This Woman I Met Years Ago Posting Progressively Weirder Stuff On Facebook

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#31

What She Posts vs. What She Looks Like Irl

What She Posts vs. What She Looks Like Irl

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#32

This Makes Me So Sad. There's So Many Things Wrong About This

This Makes Me So Sad. There's So Many Things Wrong About This

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#33

Mother/Daughter? Nope, The Same Person

Mother/Daughter? Nope, The Same Person

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I clicked the Reddit link at the bottom left and in case anyone doesn't know, the woman is Paula Abdul. Both photos are using a filter. She's 61 but looks much better than the pic on the left in real life.

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#34

Pic By Photographer vs. Pic From Her Instagram

Pic By Photographer vs. Pic From Her Instagram

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#36

My 60 Something Year Old Aunt Discovered Filters And Promptly Lost Her Nose 🫠

My 60 Something Year Old Aunt Discovered Filters And Promptly Lost Her Nose 🫠

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#37

People Love To Look Ai Generated

People Love To Look Ai Generated

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#39

I Love Hear

I Love Hear

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Peter Trudell Jr
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Compared to the rest, this one's practically natural. A little color correction, a little smoothing... she still has blemishes on her face and chest and her skin has texture. There are no abnormal bends or shaping...

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#41

Travel-Fluencer Simply Photoshopped Herself Into The Location. 1m+ Followers

Travel-Fluencer Simply Photoshopped Herself Into The Location. 1m+ Followers

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#42

Ok Is It Just Me Or Did She Photoshop Herself In Front Of A Crowd

Ok Is It Just Me Or Did She Photoshop Herself In Front Of A Crowd

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#43

The Background Is So Bad, Everyone Is Calling It Out In The Comments

The Background Is So Bad, Everyone Is Calling It Out In The Comments

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#48

Mom Come Pick Me Up I'm Scared

Mom Come Pick Me Up I'm Scared

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#49

Found This One In The Wild. How The Hell Do People Think This Is Real?

Found This One In The Wild. How The Hell Do People Think This Is Real?

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#50

The Number Of Likes Tho

The Number Of Likes Tho

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now just how are you supposed to fit a full set of adult human organs in there?

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