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People Thought She Had the Perfect Life on Instagram… Until They Learned She Didn’t Exist

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The grass is always greener

It’s easy to make judgements when you don’t know the full story, and we’re all guilty of it. After all, it’s human nature to be curious about others. And that’s one of the many reasons why social media has taken our species by storm over the past decade or so.

Of course, one of the many downsides of social media—depending on the user—is that we can end up spending countless hours of our own lives sitting and watching or reading about the lives of others. What are they wearing? Where are they going? Who are they dating? Who are they fighting with? Facebook and other forms of social media provide little windows into the lives of others, so we pass judgements and make decisions accordingly. But what we often forget is that people on social media have the ability to filter their life any way they choose.

The truth is that we never know the full story without talking to the people involved, but for many of us, we don’t even care. It’s easier just to scroll along liking and commenting on these images and stories without seeing the bigger picture.

Louise Delage had the perfect life on Instagram and quickly acquired a viral following. But her followers never noticed all the warning signs staring them in the face.

Source: Instagram @louise.delage

And just like that, she was gone. But her message stayed.