Looks can be deceiving. We’ve heard it a million times before, and yet some of us still fall for it. In the current world, hyperreality is taking over, and social media is no exception. As its users continue to push these limits to keep their fellow Instagram aficionados on a like-driven leash, one can't help but remember the words of philosopher Jean Baudrillard: “We live in a world where there are more and more information and less and less meaning.” The lines between real and fake have blurred, while true and false are hard to tell apart. Luckily, the subreddit r/Instagramreality is armed with 723k active members who dedicate their days (or maybe years) to exposing fake people on social media. Let’s have a look at their most recent ugly truth discoveries and if it’s not enough, then check out more Instagram vs. Reality posts here and here.

#1

She’s Back And Her Eyes Are Even Bigger

She’s Back And Her Eyes Are Even Bigger

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Supac Takur
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1 year ago

Sally, Jack Skellington is looking for you. Where have you been?

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Bored Panda spoke to Siobhan Ward, a primary therapist at Life Works, a rehabilitation centre 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 behavioural addictions, such as porn and gambling, as well as eating disorders, especially predominant with the likes of Instagram. It may be that the addiction is not with the social media itself, but the social media has become a tool of other addictions." 

So why can't people stop faking and photo editing their social Instagram photos, even when it’s an obvious lie? The answer might be more interesting than you expected. In short – blame brain chemistry! Of course, all these neurons have a lot going on. In full – “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.” 

“One would need to become aware of what they believe they are getting from the internet in order to start resisting its temptation. By understanding why they turn to the internet, they can start to think about healthier ways to meet these needs.”

Of course, that's in no way an excuse for spreading fakery online. But at least we now know where to look. Hint: right inside your head.

#2

Oceans Have Hills Now Sweetie

Oceans Have Hills Now Sweetie

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Ripley
Community Member
1 year ago

She also forgot to photoshop the fuck out of her shadow.

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#3

My Sims Look More Realistic

My Sims Look More Realistic

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misteriosa
Community Member
1 year ago

Just imagine the smell of her feet when she takes those off 🤮

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#4

Nothing Normal About This Picture.. At All..

Nothing Normal About This Picture.. At All..

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Misha Christensen-wildeman
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahahahaha reminds be of beetlejuice when he has a small head

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#5

Shadow Tells The Truth

Shadow Tells The Truth

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Supac Takur
Community Member
1 year ago

Flat Earth Society

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#6

3 Years On Instagram Turned A Lovely Girl Into This

3 Years On Instagram Turned A Lovely Girl Into This

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude. Yuck. Nooo

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#7

If We Don’t Have A Pregnant Model We Will Just Improvise. No One Will Notice!

If We Don’t Have A Pregnant Model We Will Just Improvise. No One Will Notice!

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Ilona
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh good heavens

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#8

I Mean... Who Needs Organs Anyway

I Mean... Who Needs Organs Anyway

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JuJu
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought the back of the dress is white...damn

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#9

All Of Her Photos Are Heavily Facetuned, But This One Is Just Beyond

All Of Her Photos Are Heavily Facetuned, But This One Is Just Beyond

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

this is scary

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#10

Maybe They Wouldn't Notice

Maybe They Wouldn't Notice

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Maria Lazaridou
Community Member
1 year ago

Notice what?

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#11

I Call This The Dorito Body

I Call This The Dorito Body

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

The photo on the right looks like a caricature of a human.

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#12

Instagram / Tiktok

Instagram / Tiktok

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Misha Christensen-wildeman
Community Member
1 year ago

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must have been a baaaaaaad day on tiktok :)

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#13

Lady On Facebook Insists That There's No Editing, And Any Comments Saying Otherwise Are Blocked

Lady On Facebook Insists That There's No Editing, And Any Comments Saying Otherwise Are Blocked

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Misha Christensen-wildeman
Community Member
1 year ago

im convinced mutant

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#14

How Is This Supposed To Resemble Her Behind?! Just Looks Like 2 Balloons At This Point.

How Is This Supposed To Resemble Her Behind?! Just Looks Like 2 Balloons At This Point.

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

The Kardashian affect strikes again.

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#15

Left Is From The Official Show Account, Right Is The One She Posted

Left Is From The Official Show Account, Right Is The One She Posted

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Phyllicia Goh
Community Member
1 year ago

She thought we wouldn't notice.

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#16

I'm Scared

I'm Scared

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Ripley
Community Member
1 year ago

Not nightmare inducing AT ALL!

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#17

Caught One In The Wild As They Say. He’s A Very Corrupt Lawyer In My Country, Posted This In His Twitter Account Recently

Caught One In The Wild As They Say. He’s A Very Corrupt Lawyer In My Country, Posted This In His Twitter Account Recently

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Francis
Community Member
1 year ago

trump is happy: finally someone with smaller handy than him!

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#18

Kitchen Cabinets By Salvador Dalí

Kitchen Cabinets By Salvador Dalí

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Phyllicia Goh
Community Member
1 year ago

Britney is that you?

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#19

This Girl Is Known For Calling People Ugly On Facebook And Says She Doesn’t Edit Her Pics....lol

This Girl Is Known For Calling People Ugly On Facebook And Says She Doesn’t Edit Her Pics....lol

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
1 year ago

Uffdah

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#20

This Girl And Her Demon Eyed Family Keeps Popping Up On My Explore Page

This Girl And Her Demon Eyed Family Keeps Popping Up On My Explore Page

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JuJu
Community Member
1 year ago

They haven't turned the boyfriend yet...send the Winchesters for rescue

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#21

Saw This While Looking Up Hairstyle References

Saw This While Looking Up Hairstyle References

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy hell 😦

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#22

Local “Influencer” Badly Photoshopping On Different Clothes

Local “Influencer” Badly Photoshopping On Different Clothes

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theproplayer 2016ender
Community Member
1 year ago

What! I did not know that was thing.

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#23

I Just Can't Deal With This One Particular Girl, I Just Had To Follow Her Because Of The Crazy Editing

I Just Can't Deal With This One Particular Girl, I Just Had To Follow Her Because Of The Crazy Editing

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Why, why, why do people do this as if the public can't tell that it's completely fake?

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#24

Proportions Out Of Whack

Proportions Out Of Whack

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, that's right.

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#25

Hot Dog Fingers Strikes Again

Hot Dog Fingers Strikes Again

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Misha Christensen-wildeman
Community Member
1 year ago

how do ppl not think that haveing no knuckles is just pain stupid

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#26

My Hair Stylist Was Warning Me About Unrealistic Hair Expectations Due To Photoshopped Photos On Instagram Like This One

My Hair Stylist Was Warning Me About Unrealistic Hair Expectations Due To Photoshopped Photos On Instagram Like This One

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Esté
Community Member
1 year ago

No lie.. I had hair as white as that once.. took a lot of maintenance.

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#27

Girl What

Girl What

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Esté
Community Member
1 year ago

She has a T-Rex claw on the last one😅

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#28

Oh No

Oh No

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Tee
Community Member
1 year ago

Girl BYE!

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#29

This Is The Mother Of A Girl I Grew Up Near. Her Instagram Is Full Of This Sort Of Stuff

This Is The Mother Of A Girl I Grew Up Near. Her Instagram Is Full Of This Sort Of Stuff

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Nash Nopper
Community Member
1 year ago

even the sunglasses are fake!

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#30

Genuinely Upsets Me How Much She’s Edited Her Face Here

Genuinely Upsets Me How Much She’s Edited Her Face Here

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Pardon me, but who is this?

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#31

Beautiful Girl... I Don’t Know Why She Does This

Beautiful Girl... I Don’t Know Why She Does This

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Damn. Her original self is so much better.

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#32

Saw This On Pinterest. Girl Went Crazy With The Smoothing Tool. Her Face Literally Looks Like A Sim To Me

Saw This On Pinterest. Girl Went Crazy With The Smoothing Tool. Her Face Literally Looks Like A Sim To Me

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Also the teeth look unnaturally white

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#33

I Personally Hate The “Snatched Waist” Look. It Looks So Weird And Unneeded. We’re Humans Not Plastic Barbies, No Need For Unrealistic Expectations.

I Personally Hate The “Snatched Waist” Look. It Looks So Weird And Unneeded. We’re Humans Not Plastic Barbies, No Need For Unrealistic Expectations.

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Elina Kuusisto
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate it too

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#34

Edited vs. Unedited

Edited vs. Unedited

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Phyllicia Goh
Community Member
1 year ago

Only thing they kept was her boobs..

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#35

At Least He Chose A One Colored Background

At Least He Chose A One Colored Background

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booHguy
Community Member
1 year ago

Exellent title !

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#36

That Dog Is Smooth As Hell

That Dog Is Smooth As Hell

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misteriosa
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor lighting does this to my shitty camera.

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#37

Excuse Me What The F?

Excuse Me What The F?

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misteriosa
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a painting to me.

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#38

Bruh...

Bruh...

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Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
1 year ago

Woah.

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#39

Another Gem From Aliexpress. Tiny Head Big Body

Another Gem From Aliexpress. Tiny Head Big Body

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aussie snowdropper
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

similar like a T-Rex they hav big bodies and head but little arms

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#40

When You Edit Dem Hips But Not Dat Shadow

When You Edit Dem Hips But Not Dat Shadow

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Jasmine
Community Member
1 year ago

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#41

What "Natural" Looks Like Online vs. Irl

What "Natural" Looks Like Online vs. Irl

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks really gorgeous on the right and I prefer her look there

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#42

Recently

Recently

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Even all the work she's had done on her face, it's still not enough and she needs to heavily edit her pictures

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#43

He Likes Museum Enough To Photoshop Him In It But Not Enough To Be Really There ( I Think His Body Is Also Edited To Make Waist Smaller... But Not Sure)

He Likes Museum Enough To Photoshop Him In It But Not Enough To Be Really There ( I Think His Body Is Also Edited To Make Waist Smaller... But Not Sure)

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
1 year ago

did the vfx team from Cats do this?

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#44

My Hairdresser Using Filters On My Hair, Setting Unrealistic Expectations.

My Hairdresser Using Filters On My Hair, Setting Unrealistic Expectations.

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kathryn stretton
Community Member
1 year ago

Thanks for calling her out.*

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#45

Skin Online vs. Skin Irl

Skin Online vs. Skin Irl

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do people think skin on the left is somehow beautiful? It looks unnatural and creepy to me.

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#46

Got Blocked Within 60 Seconds For Asking Why Her Left Hand Is So Small

Got Blocked Within 60 Seconds For Asking Why Her Left Hand Is So Small

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Paula Swanson
Community Member
1 year ago

When they block you, you know you hit the nerve of truth

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#47

Like Two Different People

Like Two Different People

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

If the photoshopped one is on the left she didn't do a bad job.

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#48

An Unconventional One

An Unconventional One

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Jasmine
Community Member
1 year ago

I like this one. It brings awareness to littering.

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#49

Instagrammer’s Picture vs. Photographer’s Picture

Instagrammer’s Picture vs. Photographer’s Picture

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aussie snowdropper
Community Member
1 year ago

no comment

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#50

"Natural" Is Always Flawless Online

"Natural" Is Always Flawless Online

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Jasmine
Community Member
1 year ago

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#51

A Very Popular Cosplayer

A Very Popular Cosplayer

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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

She wants to make herself look like a character in a video game.

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#52

Okay But Why Does The Lolipop Be Like That?

Okay But Why Does The Lolipop Be Like That?

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Martti Laurson
Community Member
1 year ago

if you deepthroat the lollipop and chew on the stick, it will look like that

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#53

It Looks Like It Hurts To Exhale.. Someone Get Her Some Clothes That Fit!

It Looks Like It Hurts To Exhale.. Someone Get Her Some Clothes That Fit!

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Do not understand why they do this, absolutely nothing wrong with unedited pic.

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