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The Things People Fake for Social Media Attention

Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  

Do We All Do This?

I don't know if I should put myself in this category of faking the reality. I do take selfies; they are mostly close up, and I do smooth my face out, but I don't think I have ever faked anything besides that. I would be too embarrassed to fake a relationship or a vacation spot. I feel as if that is going a little over the top for attention.

I'm not seeking attention with my selfies. I actually like it when I take a good picture. I'll doll it up just a little and then post it. However, it's more for the involvement of contributing to my page. I have a boring life. I have boring details of that life, so why not a selfie, right?

I don't mind the fake. I'm not here putting people down. The truth is I actually enjoy the entertainment of it. It's amusing. I like funny stuff! The poor souls that go so far out of the way to post fake photos inspired my poem here today.

Fickle Thoughts

I suppose when I reminisce,

there are parts of the past

that I miss...

the not knowing every piece

of so many other lives, and

that thought-provoking moment

of a clear mind.

Though, which is me, then

stares at a screen, and I observe

these perfect, energetic, lives of


Oh, silly thing, but it all must be

such an illusion, and you do love

the magical themes you

seemingly delusion...

Would you not so miss the blessing

of later realizing your own simpleton


Sit back, silly girl, and

marvel in your boring blessings;

my devious giggle filling me up with

exuberating self-affection.

This, being my ability to enjoy the

work of all the exhausting and false

attempts at being something they are



perfection only exists throughout the

land of what's not...

© 2018 Missy Smith


Andreea nicolae on August 13, 2020:

So true! Social media it's a trap!

Ray from Philippines on June 28, 2018:

I really hate seeing people faking themselves in social media. It's a nice poem Ma'am.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 15, 2018:

Good message in your poem of reflection. Thanks for sharing.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 15, 2018:

Often people pretend to be what they are not on social media. I don't mind being just me and that is what I am on my social sites.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 14, 2018:

I just had to laugh at the imagery in your poem because it is so true. One person constantly posts selfies. It is obvious she is proud of her secret facelift. I know it's a facelift because she's my age and still has a tight jaw. That doesn't bother me. It's the fake lives so many of these persons post. Nobody has a life that perfect! Oh well, let people wonder about me because I don't let it all hang out. Great poem, Missy.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on April 14, 2018:

Yup, I know what you mean and yes, I am guilty not of fake postings but of selfies. Like you, I wrote (a poetry) about it once (Selfie and the Imperfect me). Not trying to promote my own writing but I simply can relate on your sentiments girl. :)

Well, good one Missy and perfect video to complement too.


Missy Smith (author) from Florida on April 14, 2018:

I really appreciate all of you who have commented and taken the time to read my poem. You absolutely got the jest of it. I wanted it to be a little funny in a lighthearted way. I totally agree with Venkat, "Let them be happy as far as they can dupe people." That was exactly the message here. I mentioned how I get a kick out of watching how hard they try, and some, I must admit, pull the fake reality off very well. lol.

Moreover, I haven't been coming to HP a lot; therefore, I haven't visited anyone's page lately. However, I plan to do so very soon. I've been a bit busy, and hopefully I will have some time to relax more in the coming days and weeks.

Thanks, everyone, for all the support. Happy Springtime!! :)

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on April 14, 2018:

Enjoyed this Missy, thanks!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 14, 2018:

Very interesting point shared by you here.

I come across many such fake photos often and wonder at their artificial projections.

Let them be happy as far as they can dupe people.

Your poem is very good.


Lori Colbo from United States on April 14, 2018:

I'm not much of a selfie person, but I do post photos taken of me with friends. I cringe sometimes when someone posts a picture of me. I have an acquaintance who posts selfies everyday, sometimes two or three times a day.

I love your poem, especially the last line.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 14, 2018:

Back in the day when I was dating, I belonged to a dating site...Match...and boy oh boy, do you ever see some fake photos on that site. It's amazing how much a person ages when seen in person. lol

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on April 14, 2018:

What a combination, deceptive photoshopped photos and your poem expressing the gullibility the of us who look but never see. Very interesting they both were, thanks for sharing.

Frank Atanacio on April 14, 2018:

love the face pic then body pic LOL.. also the videos and the poem was awesome Missy..:)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 13, 2018:

Missy, I loved your poem and the videos are great too. Yes, it's getting harder and harder to tell the real from the fake these days. News stories, photos, whatever. You my friend are "real." Good job.

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 13, 2018:

I like the last line. Sums up quite a lot. LOL. And the video was fun to watch. My daughter and I were playing with a camera app a little while ago. The app issued a challenge to do a levitation photo. Let's just say we suck at photo shop editing and perfection most definitely does not exist in that particular land of what's not!

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