A poll of 2,000 UK adults has revealed that a third of the posts that are submitted to the site are lies. Many people in the survey suggested that they had edited photos or used old pictures, shared articles and other media that they hadn’t read or watched in order to appear more intelligent, and had even requested attractive people that they did not know to be their friends in order to make them seem more interesting and appealing.
People use Facebook and other social networks in a variety of ways, but the fact that virtually every aspect of life is shared on a daily basis means that it offers a window into a person’s life. For those that post regular updates and that are not afraid to be honest and sharing, this means that friends, family, and colleagues are able to see everything about them, both good and bad.
However, most people also have a desire to appear better looking, more successful, or more popular than they really are. Businesses can buy Likes for their pages, and embark on expensive social media marketing campaigns, and it seems that individuals and personal users are also finding innovative and unique ways to make their profiles seem a lot more attractive to others.
Editing photos is far from a new concept. Magazines and other media outlets have been using the practice for years to cover blemishes or even to enhance the people that appear. Because the likes of Facebook can essentially turn anybody into a celebrity, it seems that some of the tactics employed by genuine celebrities are also being used by everyday people. Users claim to have edited photos, or used older photos depicting them when they were younger, as a means of appearing better looking.
Checking in, or geo-tagging, is another popular use of the Facebook website, and the poll suggests that around one third of respondents think carefully before tagging themselves as being at a particular location. While it might not be possible to tag oneself at a distant location, users only share a location that they think makes their life look more exciting and appealing.