We see more and more people on Instagram living a life of wealth and luxury. Surely some of those many stories had to be fake, right? Well, British lad Byron Denton figured the exact same thing and tried to turn himself into someone with the Instagram account of a wealthy person.
Small sidenote: Byron wasn’t rich at all. It probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that within a week of starting his plan, Byron was already at influencer-status.
Surprised at how easy it was to influence (yeah, that’s getting a second meaning now, isn’t it?) people on Instagram into thinking he was rich and had all his stuff figured out, Byron decided to show people how exactly he went about creating this fake persona. You could probably argue that Byron, who is 19 years of age, lied to his 74k followers, but I think a bigger and better argument could be made that he showed 74k people (and probably a lot more) how you need to take everything you see on Instagram with a grain of salt.
If you’re of the particularly curious kind, he explains the entire process on his YouTube channel.
So if there’s anything you should learn from this, it’s that people on Instagram – and social media in general – will go to great lengths to pretend that their life is better than everyone else’s.
Remember that everyone has his problems, everyone has their crosses to bear and nobody’s life is perfect. The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but a few brown patches will really give character to your lawn.