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This Student Used Facebook To Lie About Being On a Gap Year In Asia

There’s nothing worse than a friend bragging on Facebook about how great their gap year is going. The photos alone fill you with enough jealousy to unfriend them.

But one Dutch student told everyone she was going away to South-East Asia, when in fact she never left Amsterdam.

Using Photoshop and lies, here’s what she posted to Facebook that had everyone – even her parents – fooled.

An underwater shot with some tropical fish. Looks legit. 

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

Except it was taken in a swimming pool. 

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

This temple and monk? Actually in Amsterdam. 

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

Here she is on a beach. Kind of.

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

Zilla van den Born / via Distractify

Impressively, Zilla skyped her family while she was “away”, decorating her bedroom to make it look like a hostel.

She even frequently went on sunbeds so her lack of tan wouldn’t give the game away.

But why? 

It was all part of a university project. Zilla wanted to demonstrate how social media updates are not accruate indicators of real life. “I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media,” she said. “Thereby we create an online ideal world which reality can no longer meet. My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality.”

Here’s the video of her revealing the truth to friends and family.

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