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Why you should never be jealous of friends' social media posts
Social media experiments conducted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook show why users must practice common sense, whether the stakes are large or small. - photo by Payton Davis
A project completed by Thai photographer Chompoo Baritone shows that before you get too jealous of rivals posting beach or concert pictures on Instagram, you might want to realize it's all about perspective.

According to The Huffington Post, Baritone published pictures on her Facebook page that show just how selective we can be with cropping, filters and other features on sites like Instagram.

"The project perfectly illustrates how cropping, one of the most basic photo-manipulation processes, can deeply transform an image and, why not, even play a trick on unknowing Instagram followers," The Huffington Post's report indicated.

A recent article reported in April that ways to manipulate on the Internet are plentiful.

The lack of regard for others might start with pictures that portray a user differently than in real life but can end with identity crises for those too drawn to what they see and how they represent themselves through social media, Johnson's report stated.

And recent experiments conducted on Twitter and Facebook show as much.

According to The Independent, Jonathan Sun, a writer, designer and researcher at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, posted a "fact" about a celebrity couple Sunday that had garnered 20,814 retweets as of Friday afternoon.

Even though Sun made the information up, people not only shared the tweet with others but pretended they knew the false fact all along, The Independent's piece read.

Sun told BuzzFeed he hoped to show the way information speeds across the Internet with no fact-checking or crediting of the original owner.

What people dont understand is that original comedians and writers on Twitter are not making any money from tweeting their material and that theyre putting it into the world for free. Just so it can be out there and for people to read and laugh at and respond to, Sun said.

Another social experiment's stakes were a bit higher, according to Fox 8 Cleveland.

YouTube prankster Cody Persin found help from parents via Craigslist to see whether their children would meet up with a complete stranger who added them on Facebook, and Fox 8's report indicated all parents doubted their kids would go through with it.

The three teen girls met their online "suitor" at a playground, home and in a van, respectively, though. Persin said it took little effort, with one saying she'd "be there in five minutes," according to Fox 8.

According to Click On Detroit, parents can keep kids safe and smart online by teaching good digital friendship, showing boundaries exist on social media and mentoring when children make mistakes on social media.

"You want to give them freedom, but also give them a safety net. You want them to be able to handle their own social media life so that when they leave home they know how to do it in a responsible way," social media specialist Jean MacLeod told Click on Detroit.
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