If you’ve ever had any doubts that we live in an image-obsessed culture, this article should confirm your suspicions.
According to FoxNews.com, a photo-editing service named Fake A Vacation allows users to take photos of themselves on vacations superimposed onto fake backgrounds so they can post to their followers on Instagram.
Yes, you read that right. People are actually paying money to have fake photos taken of themselves on vacation so they can impress followers on social media they’ll never meet.
A study of 4,000 participants from Jetcost, which is a flight cost-comparison site, determined 14 percent of respondents lied to others about fancy vacations; while ten percent of them took it a step further by posting fake photos on social media.
Some of the main reasons people are paying money to have fake travel photos taken are because a real vacation is too expensive, to make others envious or because they had to cancel a last minute trip. However, they can’t let a canceled trip get in the way of them posting photos about their vacation they’ve already bragged about on Facebook!
Customers purchase photo packages on the Fake A Vacation website, and after it’s processed, the company sends them a link to upload photos. The website staff suggests what clothes the customers should wear in the fake images. Then, three days later, you receive your photos you can post to Facebook to make your fake friends on Facebook really jealous of your fake vacation.
Some of the packages on the FakeAVacation.com website includes a fake trip to Disney Land for $39.99, Hawaii for $49.99 and the Grand Canyon for $49.99.
Americans more than ever are obsessed with status, wealth, and popularity that’s all fueled by social media and all of the time and effort they’re spending trying to keep up with the Joneses is making them more miserable than ever as mental health issues including depression continues to increase in America.
If this behavior continues, the number of mental health issues will only rise. Americans need to stop trying to create fake memories to impress others online and instead turn off the computer and go create real memories with their real friends and family.
Some of these memories might not be “Instagram worthy” but these memories will be worth more than any fake photos on social media could ever mean.
Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.