What You See On Instagram Isn’t Real

The images we see do not tell the full story

Tom Stevenson
4 min readApr 13, 2019
Photo by Mary Ionita on Reshot

It seems like everyone is on Instagram these days. Whether it’s your mum or your friend’s cat, they all have an Instagram profile.

Instead of Facebook, Instagram has become the main way people express and present themselves online. It has almost become an advertising board for the lives we lead.

However, is what we post on Instagram an accurate reflection of how we live our lives?

I’m not so sure it is. To me, Instagram has morphed into something else entirely. It has become less about who you are and more about how you want others to perceive you.

By posting snapshots of our lives online, we are selectively choosing what moments of our lives we reveal to everyone else. It’s unlikely anyone is going to post an image or video of themselves during a breakdown to Instagram.

A house and car used to be how you presented yourself to the world in the 20th century, now, the images you post on Instagram are how you do this in the 21st century.

By only posting a small portion of our lives online we are only revealing what we want to reveal. It is similar to what happened when you go travelling. You only post half of the pictures, the remainder is too bland and…