We get it. You're on social media and you want to show the world your very best self - the times when you are on exotic holidays, looking great and surrounded by friends. Very few people share the mundane banalities of everyday life anymore, nobody really cares about your dinner or what you are currently watching on Netflix.

But some people take it way too far, distorting reality beyond all reason and creating unrealistic aspirations for their followers. Like it or not (we don't), 'influencers' are very real and have an effect on impressionable young minds, leading to all kinds of self-esteem and mental health issues as people try to chase unattainable bodies and lifestyles.

All this photoshopping and fakery in the name of promoting a false image is dishonest and unethical, and we here at Bored Panda will continue to call it out when we see it. Because no amount of hours in the gym will give you that butt, no amount of 'detoxing' will give you that skin, and you'll never capture that amazingly colorful picture of that impossibly exotic place because they DON'T REALLY EXIST - you are being deceived on a daily basis.

As a follow up to our previous post on the subject here is another batch of fakery, so you know what to look out for. With photo and video technology improving all the time, it's getting more difficult to separate the fact from fiction! Our advice? Take everything with a pinch of salt and don't believe it until you've seen it with your own eyes, in real life.

Scroll down below to see what we mean, and let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments.

#1

Woman Worries As She Meets Her Fiance Abroad At The Airport For First Time After Communicating Through Heavily Filtered Photos And Videos Of Herself. (He Of Course Shows Up To Meet Her Wearing A Heavily Filtered Photo Her On His T-Shirt...)

Woman Worries As She Meets Her Fiance Abroad At The Airport For First Time After Communicating Through Heavily Filtered Photos And Videos Of Herself. (He Of Course Shows Up To Meet Her Wearing A Heavily Filtered Photo Her On His T-Shirt...)

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Foxxy 1 week ago

False advertising. I understand you wanting to look your best but there is a line to be drawn, otherwise you will end up with disappointment.

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Bored Panda spoke to Dr. Tim Bono - Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and author of the book "When Likes Aren't Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness" - to get his views on the impact of social media on mental health.

"I’ve been doing research on this for several years now and the data I’ve collected on this topic has shown that the more time people spend on social media, the more likely they are to experience negative outcomes psychologically," Dr. Bono told us.

"They report experiencing fewer positive emotions, less optimism, less sleep, and less motivated; college students who spend the most amount of time on social media report highest levels of homesickness, and perhaps most ironically, the more time people spend on social media site, the less socially connected they feel to other people."

"I would say that what is driving this is that we are social creatures and so it’s only natural that we are motivated to pay attention to those around us, and we use how other people are doing as a barometer for how we should be doing in our own lives. And with the advent of social media, it is now easier than ever to catch a glimpse into everyone else's lives and see how our own lives measure up."

"One of the biggest issues with it is that people post the highlight reel of their lives, boasting about all of the great things--job promotions, lavish trips, great parties they are attending with friends.  And people are NOT posting about the everyday mundane or burdensome aspects of their lives."


#2

Kylie Jenner (Same Day On Instagram vs. On TV)

Kylie Jenner (Same Day On Instagram vs. On TV)

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varwenea 1 week ago

That entire family is the definition of fake. I blame Ryan Seacrest for creating that show years ago.

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#3

Why Travel When You Can Photoshop!

Why Travel When You Can Photoshop!

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Pokemon sa 1 week ago

This is gold

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"Long before the advent of social media psychologists knew that one of the fundamental barriers to our well-being is social comparison. It’s hard to be happy if we constantly concern ourselves with how we measure up to those around us. When we derive a sense of worth based on how we are doing relative to others, we place our happiness in a variable that is completely beyond our control."

"Within moments of logging on to social media we have instant access to others' accomplishments, vacations, job promotions, home upgrades, and culinary creations. It’s nearly impossible not to get swept into the cycle of comparison. Scrolling through the highlight reels our friends’ posts inevitably fills us with envy because of the things we now want."

So how to protect yourself against this constant and excessive social comparison? Dr. Bono advises that we spend that time instead focusing on the good things in our own lives. "Taking time for gratitude has the opposite effect of social comparison—it redirects our attention to the many wonderful things we already have in our lives that already are there but that we have likely taken for granted," he explained. "People who take just a few minutes to focus on what they’re grateful for feel better about their lives overall, report more optimism about their futures, and even get sick less often."

#4

When It’s “Raining” But Not Enough To Make Your Hair Wet

When It’s “Raining” But Not Enough To Make Your Hair Wet

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Bored Alchemist 1 week ago

They must be twins

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#5

This Girl Creeps Me Out

This Girl Creeps Me Out

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yerawitchSam13 1 week ago

Slenderman's wife.

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Browsing social media, with our selective presentations of the 'best' of ourselves, can also affect our relationships with those around us. Dr. Bono explains how this incomplete picture can have a negative impact on some people. "Social media—especially Facebook and Instagram—is exposing us to information that is ultimately exaggerating how much better off others are in comparison to our own lives, because we are gaining access only to a narrow segment of other people’s lives, without the whole picture that in all likelihood has some blemishes and challenges and difficulties that others are inevitably going through as well," he said.

"Social media leads us to draw inferences about other’s lives when we don’t have the complete story of how they are actually doing. This would explain the correlations I have found with my research. If people feel they aren’t measuring up to what others’ lives look like, or that they have not been included in others’ adventures (Fear of Missing Out is a real thing!), it can lead to various forms of distress."

"Feelings of inadequacy can prevent people from engaging meaningfully with others in the real world out of fear that don’t or can’t measure up."

#6

Teeth Brighter Than My Future

Teeth Brighter Than My Future

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Tahani 1 week ago

reminds me of Ross in Friends when he bleached his teeth.... get some black light!

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#7

I Don’t Have Any Words To Describe How Impossible This Would Be In Real Life

I Don’t Have Any Words To Describe How Impossible This Would Be In Real Life

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Neon Petra 1 week ago

"Hello passengers, this is your captain speaking. We are currrently cruising at 30m. If you look to your left you can see the too-close Eiffel Tower, and if you look down you can see a fake instagrammer. Have a nice day."

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"What’s worse is that social media is replacing authentic in-person connection. The single strongest predictor of our happiness is the strength of our connections to other people. But we’re referring to the three-dimensional people in this case. The number of Facebook friends or Instagram followers we have does not count, despite our obsessions with crafting our own digital personas and becoming wrapped up in others’."

"In recent years the amount of time we have dedicated to screen time has corresponded with a similar decrease in the quantity and quality of our in-person connections. Even if we are physically with another person, we often are so wrapped up in documenting the experience for our followers to see, or checking our phones to see what others are up to, that we neglect the opportunities to develop authentic connections with the people we are actually with."

Dr. Bono advises that from time-to-time, when tempted to scroll through social media, to scroll through your list of contacts instead. "Find someone to call or FaceTime. The happiness you derive from an authentic connection with another person will be far greater than a random post or like on social media."

#8

Wow.. Just Wow

Wow.. Just Wow

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Troux 1 week ago

This looks like a Fortnite character.

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#9

Bro What

Bro What

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Full Name 1 week ago

Those hands could crush coal into diamonds.

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It can all sound a little scary when we frame our use of social media in such a cautionary way. Dr. Bono is keen to stress that social media is not inherently bad however, there are many positives too! "It can be used for a lot of wonderful things that can lead to information sharing, entertainment, and even authentic social connection," he continued.

"But we have to be wise consumers of this media and aware of the potential risks. If you find that your social media use is leading you down a path toward social comparison and envy, I’m not suggesting that you get rid of it altogether. But you may want to modify how you are using it. Then you’ll get more of the benefits with fewer of the drawbacks."

#10

Instagram vs. Court Date

Instagram vs. Court Date

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BusLady 1 week ago

How to lose 30 pounds in 10 minutes.

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#11

One Instagram vs. The Other

One Instagram vs. The Other

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Restless 1 week ago

Queen of fake!

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#12

[tinder] Good To See People Are Still Playing The Sims 2!

[tinder] Good To See People Are Still Playing The Sims 2!

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Kaiserfranzgirl 1 week ago

Hey! I still play Sims 2 and my sims look 100x better!

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#13

Spanish Singer Caught "Cloning" His Audience To Make It Look As If The Concert Was Packed

Spanish Singer Caught "Cloning" His Audience To Make It Look As If The Concert Was Packed

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BusLady 1 week ago

Well, how do we know there is not 30 sets of quintuplets in the audience?

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#14

Can You Breathe...?

Can You Breathe...?

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Shawn 1 week ago

Ther Grinch stole her nose cause she stole his look.

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#15

Her Face Almost Looks Exactly The Same In Every Picture??? Weird

Her Face Almost Looks Exactly The Same In Every Picture??? Weird

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Restless 1 week ago

Bwahahahahaha!!! What a weirdo!

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#16

It's Not Just Bodies And Faces That Get Tune-UPS On Instagram

It's Not Just Bodies And Faces That Get Tune-UPS On Instagram

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BusLady 1 week ago

The pic on the right is much more pleasant to look at, if you ask me.

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#17

Another Image From The Guy Who Photoshops His Photos & Comments Praise Him. Someone Who Lives There Called Him Out And Took The Same Photo Showing No Tulip Field

Another Image From The Guy Who Photoshops His Photos & Comments Praise Him. Someone Who Lives There Called Him Out And Took The Same Photo Showing No Tulip Field

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AndersM 1 week ago

Only thing missing would be a unicorn between the tulips and a pregnant dolphin under the rainbow.

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#18

Posted vs. Tagged. She Is Always Making Her Waist Tiny And Editing Her Arms To Create A Muscular Build

Posted vs. Tagged. She Is Always Making Her Waist Tiny And Editing Her Arms To Create A Muscular Build

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Restless 1 week ago

Her edited figure looks bizarre! Wake up Lady!

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#19

Excuse Me What...

Excuse Me What...

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Restless 1 week ago

What up with the huge shoes? Never mind the bendy slinky wrist

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#20

Australian Pizza Shop. Instagram vs. My Order Tonight

Australian Pizza Shop. Instagram vs. My Order Tonight

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Lisa Beatty 1 week ago

Yes Dominoes.. Be Better

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#21

Instagram vs. Video. Sorry Its Hard To Take A Good Screenshot Of The Video But You Get The Point

Instagram vs. Video. Sorry Its Hard To Take A Good Screenshot Of The Video But You Get The Point

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Shawn 1 week ago

The filter she used must have been called 8 beers deep

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#22

What Is With This Trend Of Trying To Look Like An Alien?

What Is With This Trend Of Trying To Look Like An Alien?

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lenniee 1 week ago

In regards to the caption, you could say that she is trying to look out of this world

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#23

Girl On The Right Has Been Stealing Other Models Entire Bodies For Her Instagram Page

Girl On The Right Has Been Stealing Other Models Entire Bodies For Her Instagram Page

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Meike Henneman 1 week ago

AND editing them! Look at the waist

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#24

Two Profiles, "Same" Picture...

Two Profiles, "Same" Picture...

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Tahani 1 week ago

they edited themselves to make the other look fatter in both pix... nice friends..

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#25

Everything Is An Illusion On This Woman’s Profile

Everything Is An Illusion On This Woman’s Profile

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slothbaby 1 week ago

Who can fall for that, it's sucha bad photoshop

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#26

First Time Posting In Here, But I Found My First One In The Wild

First Time Posting In Here, But I Found My First One In The Wild

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BusLady 1 week ago

I found myself counting her fingers.

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#27

When Puberty Hits You So Hard That Even Your Eyes Turn Blue

When Puberty Hits You So Hard That Even Your Eyes Turn Blue

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varwenea 1 week ago

Could be colored contact lenses.

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#28

Finnish Influencer's Ig Page vs. Video

Finnish Influencer's Ig Page vs. Video

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Neon Petra 1 week ago

Looks like a Barbie/Elsa mashup.

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#29

Body So Hot The Colosseum And The Fence Gets Distorted

Body So Hot The Colosseum And The Fence Gets Distorted

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Give me a beagle any day... 1 week ago

Why didn't the iron fence distort too? I don't understand how this stuff works.

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#30

Jacaranda Trees, Insta vs. Reality

Jacaranda Trees, Insta vs. Reality

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Restless 1 week ago

Actually on a sunny day they can look like the first pic

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