Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Photoshop fails on Facebook

Good morning all. Yesterday, I was browsing my news feed on facebook and I noticed that a friend of mine shared a photo of another young female facebook user that looked to be photoshopped. Out of sheer curiosity I clicked on the profile of the aforementioned female and behold, all of the photos she ever posted on facebook were manipulated in some way or another on photoshop.

Now, I know what you are thinking. She is not the first and probably she will not be the last facebook user who does that. To some extend I can understand the need to be accepted by the facebook community for something that she is NOT. In fact, this was the topic of discussion for an older post. Psychologically, these type of people are trying to hide something about themselves they consider to be inadequate and hence it is the source of disutility or discomfort. In economics, we could argue that such a strategy (fooling other users on facebook) could have been successful, ceteris paribus. Ceteris paribus is the assumption that other factors that are involved in a particular action remain the same. We are assuming therefore that the rest of the facebook community is sincere.

What really surprised me though is that literally all users (since the profile of the female was public) were commending her on how good she looked and some even described her as "goddess". The ceteris paribus assumption in this case goes down the drain.

It is not our concern to examine the reasons for this behavior but the lesson learned here is that when you are dealing with online social websites be prepared to lie and be lied to. In the end are we fooling anyone other than ourselves?

Have a ceteris paribus day!


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