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
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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....

natie marie
Community Member
1 month ago

to be fair that's just because the photo was taken with the wide angle lens

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you! I thought it was quite obvious

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Austin Alexandersson
Community Member
1 month ago

Frodo's sister?

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
1 month ago

Aw, she's a kid. Leave her and her hobbit feet alone

LadyDelynn
Community Member
1 month ago

Are we sure she did this herself? Could this not be just some weird elongation due to angle or...? I'm not a photographer so I'm not sure how to phrase it.

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 month ago

Probably.

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Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

It's the world freediving champion!

Lanie
Community Member
1 month ago

Dang, I can't show that to my boyfriend. He would immediately fall in love with a woman with such tiny feet.

Jazzy Mc. Jaz
Community Member
1 month ago

um?

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Frog woman! Maybe she has super powers!!

Lanie
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, she can swim really fast. Above the water even. Like a powerboat.

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Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
1 month ago

What shoe size is this? 52?

Lanie
Community Member
1 month ago

Man's.

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Night Owl
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

... Why? Just...Why? Why would anyone do something like this?

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks the photograph was taken with a wide-angle lens, hence, the super-elongated legs and feet.

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Wonder Homie
Community Member
4 days ago

Probably a better runner, Olympic swimmers have really long torsos

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 month ago

When mermaids stay on land too long?

MoodyBlue
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor kid. Not sure if she belongs here.

lol idk
Community Member
1 month ago

I LAUGHED OUT LOUD DURING CLASS XD

Ikiraイキラ
Community Member
1 month ago

damn, there's enough leg there to feed an entire family :00

Granny
Community Member
1 month ago

HAHAHAHA

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 month ago

Mermaid still during transformation...

Iara Ra
Community Member
1 month ago

Bad... just bad

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

The girl gets tickled every time she sees this. That girl justs goes on and on.

LJ williams
Community Member
1 month ago

Leg's that go on for miles lol

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahaha!!!

patreon.com/rauldap (NSFW)
Community Member
1 month ago

In fact I think it is not a filter nor is it intentional, but the use of an ultra-wide lens. In the center it looks good and proportionate, and the lower and upper ends are stretching. In the legs, as they reach the lower end of the photograph, it is observed that this stretch is accentuated.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
1 month ago

The longer the kegs ..the sweeter the bite

deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

Her feet are bigger than her entire torso.

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 month ago

Whooooa

MaryAnn Ryan
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this is on purpose.

Alayna Gill
Community Member
1 month ago

Hello Animal Control, I just found Bigfoot

Bubbles
Community Member
1 month ago

Lol

Kt
Community Member
1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣 she must be about 7ft tall with a size 18 shoe!

Anthony Nizza
Community Member
1 month ago

BWWWAAHAHA

Royer Potts
Community Member
1 month ago

Is she part frog?

Chloe *Leah* Pheonix
Community Member
1 month ago

Holy-

Danie
Community Member
1 month ago

But.. but.. why??!!! 😑

Doob
Community Member
1 month ago

Her legs are so long, I thought for a moment she was a ducking spider.

Ladyandthetramp
Community Member
1 month ago

Bloody hell! How did not notice her feet.

WholesomeArmyweeb
Community Member
1 month ago

Bigfoot! In the flesh!

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

That is how Sideshow Bob's feet would look if he were real!

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

Why don’t people think twice or at least double check before they post stuff on the internet?

Sel Bonda
Community Member
1 month ago

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Unlucky she is female.

Lanie
Community Member
1 month ago

Why downvoting?!

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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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