This may come as a 🚨 HUGE 🚨 SHOCK 🚨 but people tend to primarily post the good parts of their life on social media.
It makes sense — who would want to share a sub-par breakfast they had, or a mediocre hike they went on, or a selfie of being sick in bed watching a marathon of Real Housewives of who-knows-where? We don’t feel the need to notify our friends of these moments, and we don’t have a desire to be reminded of them every time we scroll through our photos.
Part of it is our self-centred need to brag and make everyone we know jealous, but on a more positive note, maybe it’s just nice to share fun, interesting, inspiring parts of our lives with the people who care enough to follow us. #SpreadPositivity, you know? We can all agree that social media
trolls users can be a bit of a buzzkill when posting negative comments. (#positivevibesonly.)
Either way, we can hardly blame travellers for prioritizing the envy-inducing parts of their trips on social media. But what about when the content being shared is actual better than the reality?
Case in point: almost every touristy landmark or viewpoint in the world looks incredible in the photo when it’s just you and the backdrop. And while the sights are usually amazing, what you don’t typically see is a huge crowd of people gawking and huddling around behind the camera. Click right on the gallery below to see what we mean.
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To put some numbers to this, a recent survey by Allianz Global Assistance USA has found that nearly nearly three in 10 Canadians (27 percent) admit to posting photos that make their vacation look better than it actually is. Broken down generationally, 50 percent of Canadian Millennials admit to posting “better-than-reality” photos, compared to 26 percent of Gen Xers and 7 per cent of Boomers.
So remember that while Instagram is great for inspiring wanderlust, take every post with a grain of salt. You never know who is facing food poisoning or just got dumped by their boyfriend behind the scenes.
Psst — check out the hilarious Instagram account @lifestylejorden, which shows the embellished Instagram life at its finest.
So what do you think? Is it socially acceptable to feature the highlight reel even if it doesn’t show the whole picture, or do you want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly? Maybe a happy medium is best. Either way, we want to see your travel pics — don’t forget to share using #dailyhivemapped!