At this point, Instagram looks like an alternate universe. A place governed by its own laws. A place, where the ultimate creator is photo editing software.

In fact, it's so full of fake influencers, there's even a subreddit dedicated to calling them out, r/InstagramReality. "Social media is a breeding ground for Facetune and Photoshop," the online community writes on its page. "It's unbelievable how some people get away with it while others don't!"

These Internet detectives are on the quest to expose those who have taken it too far: guys who make their biceps so big, they warp the space-time continuum, women with skin so smooth, you can't tell where they chin ends and their necks begin, they're all here.

When you're done scrolling, check out our earlier articles on the subreddit here, here, and here.

#1

I'm Calling Emergency Services. This Injury Is Serious

I'm Calling Emergency Services. This Injury Is Serious

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow it’s like those old trees that consume the fence around them

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#2

I’m Sensing A Filter

I’m Sensing A Filter

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 month ago

Dang that is a heavy filter

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#3

Holy Hand Difference, Batman

Holy Hand Difference, Batman

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Iffydust
Community Member
1 month ago

Its the claw!

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In an earlier piece on r/InstagramReality, Bored Panda spoke to Siobhan Ward, a primary therapist at Life Works, a rehabilitation center that provides treatment for addictions and eating disorders, about the scope of social media addiction in the United Kingdom.

"If you broke 'social media addiction' down into categories, it would encompass other process or behavioral addictions such as porn and gambling, as well as eating disorders, especially predominant with the likes of Instagram," Ward explained. "It may be that the addiction is not with the social media itself, but the social media has become a tool of other addictions."

The therapist thinks people can't stop faking and editing their Instagram photos (even when it's an obvious lie) because of brain chemistry. "Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that comes into play with the addict — it is what tells us that we enjoy something and therefore need to do it again as it gives us pleasure."

"If the person is taking a lot of selfies that have to be 'perfect', then maybe they are not addicts. Instead, this could be a sign of a possible narcissistic personality disorder. Also, if someone is posting pictures to get as many likes as possible, they may not be getting certain needs met in their life. They may not have the love, support, or even safety that they need now or that they needed when they grew up and therefore have had to find another way to fill that hole," Ward said.

#4

Jeebs

Jeebs

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would you want to look like that?

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#5

Internal Organs? Never Heard Of 'Em

Internal Organs? Never Heard Of 'Em

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Shelley Morrison
Community Member
1 month ago

Ewww, what is wrong with people?

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#6

She Could Be An Olympic Swimmer With Those Flippers!

She Could Be An Olympic Swimmer With Those Flippers!

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あんぱんまん
Community Member
1 month ago

wow....

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Interestingly, being reminded that social media is fake can also 'fill' us. In a 2019 study, researchers decided to investigate the effect 'Instagram vs. Reality' pictures (the ones containing side-by-side photographs of the same woman, one an idealized depiction and the other a more natural depiction) have on body image.

They got together 305 women aged between 18 and 30 years, the largest demographic group of Instagram users. The sample had a mean age of 25.34 years, and their mean body mass index (BMI) was 26.98, indicating a slightly overweight sample. The majority of participants identified as Caucasian (69.2%), followed by Latino/Hispanic (11.8%), African American (10.2%), Asian (6.6%), Native American (0.3%), and 'other' (2.0%). The participants were randomly assigned to view one of three sets of Instagram images over a period of time: 'Instagram vs. reality" images, the 'ideal' side alone, or the 'real' side alone.

#7

You Have Got To Be Kidding Me

You Have Got To Be Kidding Me

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Shelley Morrison
Community Member
1 month ago

why would anyone want to look like that????

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#8

She Forgot The Reflection In The Glass

She Forgot The Reflection In The Glass

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Shelley Morrison
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL

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#9

No Face Texture

No Face Texture

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TmKhr
Community Member
1 month ago

Little bunny is cute, the guy not so much

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"[The study found that] viewing the 'Instagram vs. reality' and real images resulted in decreased body dissatisfaction relative to the ideal images," the researchers wrote. "Furthermore, the detrimental effects of appearance comparison were much less marked for the 'Instagram vs. reality' and real images than for the ideal images. It was concluded that 'Instagram vs. reality' and real posts have the potential to bolster women's body satisfaction, but more research is needed to assess their longer-term impact."

Siobhan Ward said that we need to become aware of what we believe we are getting from the Internet in order to start resisting its temptation. "By understanding why [we] turn to the Internet, [we] can start to think about healthier ways to meet these needs."

#10

Nearly Had A Heart Attack When I Opened Tinder This Morning

Nearly Had A Heart Attack When I Opened Tinder This Morning

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Ancsuri
Community Member
1 month ago

Gollum... is that you?

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#11

I Was Shopping Online When I Saw This Dress... And Those Shoulders...

I Was Shopping Online When I Saw This Dress... And Those Shoulders...

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice, natural way to hold a purse as well

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#12

Faking Swimming With Sharks Is A Thing Now I Guess, By Blatantly Stealing A Background Image From The Internet

Faking Swimming With Sharks Is A Thing Now I Guess, By Blatantly Stealing A Background Image From The Internet

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Yettichild
Community Member
1 month ago

But wait. What IS a group of sharks called?! I must know!

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#13

I’m Speechless

I’m Speechless

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

D: ARGHAGHHH

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#14

Ok These Are Getting Ridiculous...

Ok These Are Getting Ridiculous...

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Lisa Simpson
Community Member
1 month ago

New goal - butt triple times as big as the head

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#15

That Is One Giant Hand

That Is One Giant Hand

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Sel Bonda
Community Member
1 month ago

Bold lady! Seems the hand has been pretty busy with the works.

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#16

I Can’t Decide If This Is A Joke Or Someone Actually Thinks This Is Believable...

I Can’t Decide If This Is A Joke Or Someone Actually Thinks This Is Believable...

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Shelley Morrison
Community Member
1 month ago

Aliens are real!

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#17

Seems Legit (It's A Real Profile From Facebook)

Seems Legit (It's A Real Profile From Facebook)

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TmKhr
Community Member
1 month ago

Must be an old building for having bent door and walls

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#18

Found In The Wild - Why Would Anyone Even Post This?

Found In The Wild - Why Would Anyone Even Post This?

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Lila Launehase
Community Member
1 month ago

Dr. Who, anyone? "Moisture me!!"

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#19

Chin To Neck Transition?

Chin To Neck Transition?

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troufaki13
Community Member
1 month ago

I've seen photo-realistic paintings that are more realistic than this

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#20

Found On Amazon Reviews

Found On Amazon Reviews

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

Did she paste someone else´s face on?

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#21

Banana Hand

Banana Hand

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Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
1 month ago

Must be the spawn of Chthulu to have a tentacle like that...

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#22

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

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Juliet Hadaway
Community Member
1 month ago

Clark kent plus ken

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#23

Chin, Meet Photoshop

Chin, Meet Photoshop

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oli
Community Member
1 month ago

Johnny Bravo?

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#24

I Can’t Look Away... The Eyes, The Teeth... So Bright. The Mouth... So Large

I Can’t Look Away... The Eyes, The Teeth... So Bright. The Mouth... So Large

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Sel Bonda
Community Member
1 month ago

Blow this up, hang inside house, no evil spirits!

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#25

This Is Not How Real Hair Looks Like Bro

This Is Not How Real Hair Looks Like Bro

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

Now they make video game characters that look more realistic.

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#26

Forgot To Photoshop The Other Boob

Forgot To Photoshop The Other Boob

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Shelley Morrison
Community Member
1 month ago

Boob deflation at it's worst.

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#27

Nice T-Rex Arm

Nice T-Rex Arm

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Austin Alexandersson
Community Member
1 month ago

and a T-rex bum to match

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#28

Same Girl, 10 Year Difference (In Photoshop Skills)

Same Girl, 10 Year Difference (In Photoshop Skills)

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Lisa Simpson
Community Member
1 month ago

She is already pretty on the unedited photos.

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#29

Ahh, They Definitely Look Alike Alright

Ahh, They Definitely Look Alike Alright

"Anyone think my mom and I look alike!? I'm 22 she's 44!"

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Austin Alexandersson
Community Member
1 month ago

yep, alike! both as fake

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#30

Was Reading An Article About Photoshop Fails On Instagram. This Was One Of The Examples

Was Reading An Article About Photoshop Fails On Instagram. This Was One Of The Examples

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Bored Batgirl
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would you need to add trees to this background??

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