Honest Short Film Exposes the Lies People Tell on Social Media

Everybody lies. We can’t help it. We exaggerate details to seem more fun, we highlight specifics to get more sympathy, and we fish for other people’s reactions to make us feel better. And with the social media handcuff we lock onto ourselves everyday with our phone addiction, we lie even more on the Internet to cull for likes and hearts and thumbs ups. Reality isn’t real anymore but a highly curated photo feed of who we want to pretend to be.

This short film called A Social Life from Kerith Lemon shows a girl whose life online doesn’t match her life in real life at all. Lemon writes:

A Social Life is a short film about a career driven woman named Meredith who’s living the life she’s always dreamed of... online. Meredith strives to live a balanced life: staying fit, working hard and connecting with her friends; she is creating her “image” within her broader social media friend base. But she awakes one day and realizes that her reflection is merely the collection of photos that she has shared with others. Is this her life? Or just a carefully curated brand?

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DISCUSSION

You know what, I never needed to lie. Everyone knows I sit at home and write stories and make comments. That’s what I do from the Internet’s perspective. They don’t need to know about my wife, two collies and my job. The fact that I love writing is pretty clear, but hey - I also love taking photographs and doing art. The one thing I don’t do is Facebook and Twitter. Mostly because at the moment, its pointless. The only thing that participating there would net is an exaggerated feeling of your own lack of social worth. Even taking into account the extent of outright lying and heavy exaggeration that happens.

At the end of the day, as long as you know your own accomplishments - you can at least be true to your self. I’ve always been a quiet person. But occasionally I let my voice be heard. And for those who think their little comments and stories in social media are ephemeral motes on the wind... well...

The internet has a long, long memory.