100 Hilariously Obvious Lies On The Internet, As Shared By This Instagram Page

People lie. It’s no secret. But when you realize the extent to which they do this online, you might just lose a large chunk of your faith in humanity.

That’s where the ‘Yeah That Definitely Happened’ Instagram page comes in. The page names and shames the folks who make stuff up on the internet, all for the sake of getting attention. And the lies they come up with are so ridiculous, they’re as funny as they are sad.

Scroll down for the best of the worst, and some blatant internet lies that would even make Pinocchio blush with shame.

Bored Panda reached out to entertainment, pop culture, and lifestyle expert mike sington to get his opinion on why some people make stuff up on social media. He agreed that it’s done for attention. “Getting clicks and amazing followers on social media is how success is defined. For many, it becomes addictive, and the more attention your social media gets, it actually creates an adrenaline rush.” He added: “The monster feeds itself.”

Hollywood’s Ultimate Insider, Mike, told Bored Panda that one way to realize that someone’s unable to balance the role of social media in their lives is that they begin to lie or bend the truth online.

“A good sign of people going overboard in seeking attention and recognition on social media is when they start exaggerating or making things up. If you find yourself doing that, stop and check yourself, and maybe realign your priorities in life,” he suggested.

Mike also shared with Bored Panda some ways to tell if a certain tweet or post might be made up. It’s a good thing to trust your gut, as well as your mind. “If a post seems particularly outrageous, or too good to be true , it may be made up. Even if someone else is posting the same thing, that doesn’t make it true, because it could simply be a re-post from the original poster,” the expert said.

“Your instincts can usually tell you when something is made up, and old-fashioned online sleuthing can usually confirm it,” Mike told us.

The ‘Yeah That Definitely Happened’ Instagram page has just over 78k followers and invites them to send in their own submissions. So if you happen to stumble across something that fits the mood of the project, consider sending the screenshot over to the creator of the page.

However, one thing that they ask of their fans is that they check the posts to see if the particular screenshot has been posted before. If it has, it’s best to find something else to share. After all, fresh content is king, while reposting the same things over and over frequently would get stale quickly.

There’s no shortage of misinformation, fake news, and simply downright lies on the internet. While some people clearly make stuff up to get attention, others do it with different goals in mind, whether they’re political, social, or other.

Joseph M. Pierre, a professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, previously spoke to Bored Panda about conspiracy theories and the type of people who believe in misinformation.

Professor Pierre told us that conspiracy theorists tend to focus on certain historical events when choosing to twist the truth for whatever goals they have in mind.

He also noted that the only spike of conspiracy theories in recent modern history was during the communist ‘red scare’ in the 1950s.

“It is true that certain historical events do tend to attract conspiracy theories and there is evidence that times of societal upheaval or crisis when people are feeling unsafe and desperate for clarity offer a kind of fertile soil for conspiracy theory beliefs,” he told Bored Panda .

“Over the past 60 years, the assassination of JFK, the death of Princess Diana, and 9/11 are the most obvious examples of national traumas surrounded by conspiracy theory beliefs,” the expert went into detail.

“We should acknowledge that many conspiracy theories, like the idea that the Earth is flat, aren’t really based on any kind of obvious traumatic event,” he added that not all misinformation, fake news, and made-up ‘facts’ are associated with traumatic events.

The professor told Bored Panda that the people who tend to believe in conspiracy theories are usually those who see the world in a very black-or-white way: they see history as a struggle between good and evil, and don’t tend to notice nuances or subtleties.

“People who believe in conspiracy theories are also often drawn to the Manichean narratives that conspiracy theories offer, involving battles of good and evil pitting against each other in an almost apocalyptic fashion. So, it should come as no surprise that conspiracy theories might sprout up from World War II—a real-life apocalyptic battle between good and evil,” the expert noted.

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