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Great Betrayal: Why 75% Users Lie on Social Media

Harare – The rise of social media has rendered some regular users into habitual liars. People cannot own up to their current status, and te...

Harare – The rise of social media has rendered some regular users into habitual liars. People cannot own up to their current status, and telling a lie will not change anything – right? Well, most of these people believe it does.

From a nonexistent relationship status, profession, age, location and posing in front of stranger’s car – these are some of the white lies portrayed via social media platforms. 

Derick Matsengarwodzi
But research has revealed why you and I lie – and exposes to you how you can spot a fake post or profile from a genuine one. Below we disclose more.
Many Social Media Users Tell Lies Often 

Unknowingly, many users fail to accept their situation, and in order to impress, they in turn bloat their status, creating an online illusion to been perceived as ‘cool’.

“Our world has become fast paced, people relocate everywhere for various reasons. And without being noticed, one is pushed to appear rich, prosperous and trouble free – which is often false.

“In reality, life is tough for them, but they seek to construct a utopia society, unfortunately that is reserved for social media and their minds,” says Derick Matsengarwodzi, a media consultant and writer.

British survey
A British digital marketing company, Custard surveyed 2 000 Brits, and 18 percent admitted lying about themselves on social profiles.

Only 18 percent had accurate Twitter and Facebook profiles. Fourteen percent mentioned that Facebook makes them more socially active than they are.

“Money can’t always be used as a measure of success. The illusion that money equates to happiness is really flawed,” revealed a social media specialist.

Interestingly, men pretend more than women on social networks. Nearly half – 43 percent of men polled admitted to fabricating facts, often.

Annoying fake posts
• 42.65% Attention-seeking statuses

• 41.40 percent: Just boring status updates

• 40.1 percent: Constant selfies

• 30.2 percent: Gushing about their babies/children

• 28.55 percent: Cryptic digs at people

• 27.80 percent: Pictures of food

Why inflate facts?
On the Internet, we can be whoever we choose to become. Teenagers look at social media role models and wish to be like them.

Fourteen percent of the poll respondents said they crafted profile pages to make their social life much more active that it is. Some lie not to hurt others, look good and some are just compulsive liars.

Many portray a carefree life of beauty, luxury and happiness – exactly the opposite presentation of real beauty and life. People set unrealistic goals for themselves. When it is not achieved, people are discourages, with tarnished self-image. 

Online dating has become a letdown for some, after being cheated by unknown lover. Users should start to capture real life, that way people will start to love themselves. – Sources

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