Facebook or Fakebook? 75 per cent of users admit to lying about lifestyle

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In a survey conducted in the UK, people have admitted posting stories and images of things that they had never seen nor done

In the study as many as six per cent admitted to borrowing objects such as cars, expensive gadgets and more while passing them off as their own.

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Almost 50 per cent said they posted images to cause jealousy among friends and family.

To add insult to injury, 75 per cent of people said they judge their peers based on their Facebook profile and what they post.

More than three-quarters of those taking the survey said that Facebook made their lives seem more adventurous.

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The survey was not specifically based on Facebook alone, a large number of those taking the survey said they also judged people by their Instagram and Snapchat profiles.

The survey was produced by smartphone maker HTC.

Behavioural psychologist, Jo Hemmings said the trend was unsurprising given the rise of social media. “We’re living in a world of instant communication,” she said.

“Fashion and style used to live and die in magazines; now people are in search of authentic, peer-to-peer recommendations as well, making social media an equal power house to magazines and newspapers.”

“With images being shared in an instant we now demand to know what our friends are wearing, or what celebs are buying, as soon as they have the item in their hand.”

In the survey 76 per cent admitted being influenced to buy something after seeing it on social media. Men were more likely to take style advice and buy what they see.

HTC’s Peter Frolund said: “In 2015, everybody is a photographer, and more and more we are seeing people really use photography to express themselves and show the world exactly what makes them who they are.”

“From snaps of people’s homes to perfectly laid out outfit shots, every images counts and smartphone photography has never been more important.”

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