Social media has mutated to something very different than just a way to stay in touch with friends and family. More and more people are using social media for their own gains and as a way to develop their personal business or brand. Understandably, this necessitates marketing, and with it, a lot of fakery ensues.
If you pay more attention, you’ll notice that there’s almost a complete lack of spontaneous or just ordinary images. People go to great lengths to fish for likes by crafting the perfect social media ‘baits,’ so to speak.
And it all seems to be so effortless – which is actually the biggest lie. To prove it, Providr has collected 24 ‘behind the scenes’ pictures that show what it looks like to be on the face of the place – and see the scam for what it is. Enjoy! (And have a good laugh, or a cry, depending.)
1. Those supposedly artistic, but actually awkward selfies.
Connected with nature? Sure. For like 10 seconds or so, while everyone else is scratching their heads.
2. When you are creative but don’t have Photoshop
All you need is just some brains, honestly. Like this girl… High-quality bait, especially for the male audience (well, the female too), and all at the cost of – her knees.
3. Those perfect looking meals
… Actually go cold because no one’s bothered with actually eating them. The bulk of the time is spent on throwing all kinds of crap around the food itself, in order to make it more appealing. For Instagram’s algorithms and shallow tastes. Yuck.
4. If we could only zoom out…
And see reality’s imperfections sticking out like a sore thumb, ruining all that plastic social media perfection. Ahhh. The wonders of framing I guess.
5. Pool floaties
Just shouldn’t be a thing.
6. You can fake your butt or boobs with the help of your knees
Who needs legs for walking, seriously, when you can use them to master the art of selling through illusion? You have a bright future in front of you, kid.
7. When you need to fake your vacation
For whatever reason, really. And I can only think of a few… But, it’s doable – whether you want to make everyone jealous or just pretend you’re living the high life, all you need is very basic items. A potted plant and a cup will do the trick. Of course… don’t let anyone see you ‘vacationing,’ ahem.
8. When a selfie stick is a status symbol
And you have to fake it… For whatever purpose. I just don’t understand.
It’s silly but sex sells, and it seems everyone’s trying to capitalize. Thanks friend, 200 extra likes are still 200 extra likes, hey.
Instagram / @libbyamalia50
10. It’s a million dollar question
Why would a single person pretend they’re taken? Doesn’t that ruin their chances of them actually finding any romantic interests? Anyone have the answer to this one?
Twitter / @patricepannell5
11. Another one
Thankfully, this guy is just joking. Or is he?
12. That ONE perfect shot
Usually means another 300 failed attempts and your phone or camera beeping they’re running out of memory/battery. Which means, relax, nobody is that perfect in real life.
13. Mystery solved!
One of those ‘But who took the picture then?’ conundrums. The truth is… well, both sad and humorous.
14. Pondering the meaning of life?
15. This explains the recent hiking plague
All those people suddenly being so very active and climbing mountains and running marathons, right? And each and every one of them end up with these perfect photos of their sudden spike of outdoor activity. Hmmmm.
16. Better take 200 shots
Because the ocean doesn’t care.
17. A heroic event!
Well, more like a humorous one. Poor dog, it got upset! We don’t call them our best friends for nothing. Dogs are incapable of mocking, luckily for this guy.
18. Want to travel the world?
Buy a 4K led TV. Seriously, some are as large as your entire wall and offer an extreme degree of image detail. With such a television set, you’ll successfully fool everyone that you’re a rich person. Which… Being able to afford a huge 4K TV, you probably are!
19. Need a cool looking Instagram post?
Feeling that itch to pretend again? Mmmm… Better scratch it. Just find a magazine full of amazing photos and there you go – you got yourself a full-month’s worth of Instagram material.
20. It’s all in the angle
You look great… From THIS angle. But from the other one? Well, I better stop talking.
21. Looking to buy a new super-expensive kitchen?
Nah, I am just lookin’. (*Snap snap snap*)
22. We’ve all seen those programmers bragging
But only on our SCREENS. Seriously, when was the last time you went vacationing and saw someone code something on their laptop on the beach? Right?
23. Pets can be famous too!
Why stop with humans? Social media is here for all, and everyone deserves their 5 minutes of faux fame and 1 like!
24. When you missed that game
But you actually didn’t, because everyone on social media SAW you right there, on the stadium, right? Well, seeing is believing, I guess…