my mom sent this to me earlier, apparently julia roberts and a bunch of other celebs posted it… debra messing deleted it and THEN reposted it! pic.twitter.com/KpiBwLJOIg
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) August 21, 2019
Without further researching, I knew it was fake, and a hoax.
However, I was one of the few who didn’t fall for this trap.
this dude oversees our nuclear program https://t.co/DqGbR8pZRp
— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) August 21, 2019
But why does this this happen? More importantly, why do people create Instagram hoaxes? According to Psychology today, “hoaxers exploit human psychology in order to persuade us to do foolish things”(Mark D. Griffiths).Duh. According to The Washington Post, the way in which we receive media information happens almost instantaneously and before we can even process what we are reading, we are sharing it on our own pages, or with friends and families. Also, if a celebrity posts about it then it must be accurate, right? Though hoaxes are generally harmless, some can be harmful when there is a dangerous connotation. It is also important to note that in this particular case, hoaxes can in fact be helpful. They allow us to take a step back, re-read and better understand how to avoid them in the future.