With the rise of photo-editing software and the increasing importance of our image on social media, most of us sometimes get worried about what people think of us. Do I look good enough? Do I dress stylish enough? What do people think of me when they see my picture? Would I get more likes/upvotes/notes/tiny red digital hearts if I did X, Y, and Z?
Unfortunately, some people have these thoughts far too often and take them to extremes: they care about their image so damn much that they start heavily photoshopping the pictures they upload online. This results in people looking radically different online than they do in real life. And when you put those pictures together side by side? Wow. The difference is striking, often hilarious, and might make some of us wish you were born before they invented electricity.
We’ve collected some of the best examples of Instagram vs. reality pics, so get ready for some shocking comparisons. Scroll down, upvote the pics you enjoyed, and let us know what you think in the comments. After you’re done with this list, be sure to check out Bored Panda’s previous articles showing the vast difference between what some people look like in real life and how they present themselves on social media right here, here, and here.
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#2 I Cannot Believe She Seriously Posted This
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#3 When You Preach Body Positivity And Then Shop Your Waist Into Oblivion
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There are more people who Photoshop their pictures than most of us think. Of course, most of these edits aren’t as drastic as the ones shown in this list, but it still raises the question of how widespread this is.
According to one study, two thirds of Australian women believe that it’s wrong for magazines to edit photos before printing them. The irony is that 57 percent of them also admitted to Photoshopping their own pictures before posting them on social media.
#4 Found On Facebook
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#5 What The Tim Burton
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#6 This Girl Was Posted In Another Post For Falsely Calling Police On Her Neighbor. They Put Both These Pictures In The Article
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The desire to receive approval and to create a positive reputation for oneself means that some people take multiple selfies in order to get the ‘perfect’ shot.
Dr. Vivienne Lewis, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Canberra, told the Daily Mail that more and more women are becoming dissatisfied with how they perceive their bodies and their image.
#7 When You Move Too Much And The Filter Comes Off
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#8 This Person Is Running For Mayor Where I Live. Yikes
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#9 This Girl With A Hefty Following Edits Her Photos To Unrecognizable Extremes. What The Heck Is Up With Those Eyes? And Skin Texture? Wheres Your Nose, Girl?
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“The thing is, they’re constantly having to meet unrealistic standards of beauty,” Dr. Lewis explained. She noted that there is huge pressure for women to look ‘perfect’ in the age of social media. “Women in particular who are very concerned about their bodies can spend hours editing photos.”
#10 Saw This On Instagram
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#11 Floors Look A Bit Bent…
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#12 Famous Singer From My Country
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#13 His Page vs. Her Page. I Guess He Had To Bring Her To His Level ?
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#14 Left: Instagram, Right: Youtube
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#15 Legs For Days
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#16 Girl, What Is Up With Your Legs?? She Put The Whole Leg On Backwards In The Second Pic!
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#17 Same Person, Different Angle
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#18 Flexible Bones
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#19 Serving Ginger Realness
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#20 Now That The Clouds Have Been Pointed Out, That’s The First Thing I Look At Now
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#21 The Longer You Look At It, The Weirder It Gets
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#22 Dude From Tinder Must Think He’s Got Us All Convinced
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#23 This One Is A Lot
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#24 Local Nail Salon Apparently Removes All Wrinkles From Your Hands After Doing Your Nails
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#25 Apparently We Should All Be Ashamed Of Our Knuckles Now
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#26 On The Left, Pictures Someone Posted To Twitter Calling Her The Most Beautiful Woman Alive. On The Right, What She Really Looked Like That Day. I Agree She’s Absolutely Gorgeous, So Why Photoshop Her To Make Her Look Like A Doll?
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#27 I Normally Don’t Notice These Things But Come On….
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#28 Her Instagram Is A Gold Mine For This Stuff. Every Time She Posts, Her Edits Get More Extreme
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#29 Filtered vs. Unfiltered
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#30 Saw This Girl On Tiktok…atleast She’s Completely Honest About It Lmao
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#31 Christmas Is Coming. Don’t Forget To Photoshop Yourself With A Nice Tree
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#32 Goldmine Ig Account. There So Many To Choose From
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#33 Couldn’t Believe My Eyes With This One
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#34 Left Was Posted On A Thinspo Insta Page. I Thought They Were Tackling This Issue?
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#35 I Posted A Girl Who Got Called Out For Photoshopping Her Makeup A While Ago. Now It Seems Even The “Greats” Are Getting Away With It
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#36 The Guy On The Left (Who Doesn’t Really Filter On His Own Insta) Got Filtered By The Other Guy A Bunch Too
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#37 I Don’t Even Have To Say Anything
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#38 May I Present To You, A Thicc Zombie. He Makes Fake Pages To Follow And Comment On His Own Pictures And Deletes Anyone Else’s Comments That Call Him Out
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#39 The Photo She Posted vs. The One Her Friend Posted Of Her
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#40 Completely Changed Her Face Structure
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#41 At This Point, What Is Real?
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#42 The Picture She Posted vs. The Original
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#43 Ouch @ Her Dislocated Hip, She Should Go Get That Checked Out
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#44 He Is Honestly Very Talented But The Editing Is Just So Unrealistic
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#45 At Least She Edited Her Friend Too
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