Some very hon­est on­line ex­pe­ri­ences

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“I got all evan­gel­i­cal about clean eat­ing last year, post­ing pics of my chia seed por­ridge, mil­let sal­ads and avo­cado smooth­ies on In­sta­gram. I gained lots of fol­low­ers who reg­u­larly told me what an in­spi­ra­tion I was. I loved the limelight so much that I car­ried on post­ing the pic­tures long af­ter I’d given up clean eat­ing. In one restau­rant I or­dered a salad just so I could post a photo of it, while I tucked into a burger.” – Lu­cie, 26, teach­ing as­sis­tant

“Af­ter my boyfriend dumped me, I went on hol­i­day to Thai­land to get away, de­ter­mined to post lots of sun-soaked bikini pics on Face­book to show him what he was miss­ing. It rained the whole time and my ho­tel looked like a build­ing site. So when I got back, I gave my IT in­tern some cash to Pho­to­shop pic­tures of me on a beau­ti­ful beach look­ing like I was hav­ing the time of my life.” – Rachel, 31, re­searcher

“My mom is my big­gest fan­girl; she com­ments on ev­ery sin­gle thing I post, in­clud­ing a pic of me and my boyfriend kiss­ing. Her com­ment: ‘Let’s hope he doesn’t have her­pes!’ Not the re­ac­tion I was look­ing for.” – Pippa, 23, stu­dent

“Over the years I’ve be­come an ex­pert on the night-out bath­room selfie: cheeks sucked in, head tilted, and the dou­ble-chin-de­fy­ing high-an­gle shot. It guar­an­tees likes.” – So­phie, 24, makeup artist and blog­ger “I used to post lots of pics of my­self in biki­nis with my bot­tom on dis­play, as they re­ceived a stream of likes. But I don’t feel com­fort­able post­ing bikini im­ages any­more. It’s not be­cause I’m in­se­cure – I just grew out of ex­pos­ing my body for the sake of those likes. Now, my so­cial me­dia posts are re­stricted to the three F’s: fash­ion, fam­ily and friends. And wher­ever those pics are taken, you’ll only see me fully cov­ered.”

– Sasha, 26, fash­ion as­sis­tant ➻

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