[PICS] A popular blogger FAKED her entire trip to Disneyland21st Mar 18 | Entertainment News
A lot of what you see in your news feed isn't actually real...
Scrolling through social media can leave one comparing their 'dull' and 'boring' lives to other people’s Instagrammed perfection. However, with so many editing apps and filters available, it's easy to forget that the finished product can often be a far cry from reality.
32 year old lifestyle blogger Carolyn Stritch, or better known as 'The Slow Traveler' on Instagram, faked a trip to Disneyland to prove an important point about deception on social media.
The UK blogger, who has over 190,000 followers, decided to conduct the experiment by sharing photos that were entirely fake.
The worst part of it was? Not one of her followers noticed until she came clean on her blog a few days later!
First, she shared a cosy snap of herself drinking some tea in bed.
"Tomorrow, I'm going to be 22! I'm treating myself with a trip to Californ-I-ay: I'm off to Disneyland to Instagram the hell out of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. I'll be putting myself to bed nice and early tonight: I'm flying tomorrow and coming home Monday (need a magic carpet, not an aeroplane). I'll be by myself, but so what? It'll be my very own fairytale. Human possibilities vastly exceed our imagination!"
Sounds fab doesn't it? A trip to Disney to celebrate turning 22 - Except Carolyn wasn’t really turning 22 – she’s 32.
Tomorrow, I'm going to be 22! I'm treating myself with a trip to Californ-I-ay: I'm off to Disneyland to Instagram the hell out of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. I'll be putting myself to bed nice and early tonight: I'm flying tomorrow and coming home Monday (need a magic carpet, not an aeroplane). I'll be by myself, but so what? It'll be my very own fairytale. Human possibilities vastly exceed our imagination!
The face in the photo wasn’t really hers either – Carolyn had done some editing with an app!
Carolyn then uploaded a photo of herself, in full blogger pose, outside Sleeping Beauty's castle.
Although it might look as though she was there - she wasn't!
I've taken myself off to California. There I am in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle – my crazy, self-indulgent 22nd birthday present to myself. Tomorrow I'll be back home and it'll be like it never even happened! I keep saying to myself: it's kind of fun to do the impossible. Life is what you make it!
In a post on her blog, Carolyn admitted:
"I came up with a story: my FaceApped perfect self, who’s ten years younger than I am, flies off to Disneyland for the day, and somehow manages to photograph herself all alone in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
I manipulated images, captioned them with a fictional narrative, and presented them as real-life. ‘I hacked my own Instagram account.
For me, Instagram is a positive experience. But I know that’s not the case for a lot of people. Instagram is apparently full of these “slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular” – a bit like my perfect self.
I wanted my fictional narrative to challenge the way I portray myself online and the effects of this portrayal.
I never read by the window – those windows, beautiful as they are, make my flat freezing cold, Sometimes that coffee cup I’m holding is empty.
I suck in my stomach. I rearrange the furniture. I photoshop out dirty marks made by bashing furniture off the walls.
Is it bad to do those things? I don’t know. What I do know is this: I take those pictures because they’re the kind of pictures I like to look at.
Instagram is really good at escapism, the aspirational, the inspirational. So I try to get those things into pictures I post."
I'm not feeling entirely myself after that trip. Strange. Tomorrow I'll share a blog post telling you all about it. It's not every day you get to say: "I'm going to be 22 and I'm taking my self to Disneyland." Well, back to reality. Hard to believe that just yesterday I was standing alone outside Sleeping Beauty's Castle. But I'll always have The Image.