Are social media posts telling you the true story?

A Dutch University student recently went on a journey for a school project to prove that the realities we perceive through social media aren’t necessarily what they seem.

“Everybody knows that pictures of models are manipulated,” the student, Zilla Van Den Born was quoted as saying, “but we often overlook the fact that we manipulate reality in our own lives as well.”

She had convinced her friends, family, everyone (except her boyfriend who was in on the secret) that she was going on a five-week trip around South East Asia. Little did everyone know she was actually hiding in her bedroom the entire time.

“What a picture really shows is not the exact situation as it really was, but what it represents.”

Distorting reality at its best – no one would’ve been the wiser had she not said anything [Caters]

Everyone was shocked when she revealed the truth, yet the truth behind her message was the most revealing of all.

“My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality,” she said, “”I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media.”

The Internet isn’t always right, and Ms Van Den Born proves that anyone can blind the world from their truths if they truly want to. Sure there are those who post legit pictures and postings but, in this day and age, it’s getting harder and harder to discern between reality, and fiction.


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