Social media sites allow for global communication, image stalking, and plenty of tomfoolery. It may come as a surprise to some, but people like to lie about themselves on social media platforms. Whether this is because one has a dull life or wants to change things up, one can easily create a fictional online existence.

That is exactly what Zilla Van Den Born, a 25 year old student from Amsterdam, did. She told her friends and family that she was venturing off on a Southeast Asian adventure for over a month. After her parents left her at the airport, Born’s boyfriend picked her up and drove straight back to their apartment.

She went to great lengths to fool everyone. Born purchased Asian souvenirs, called during the middle of the night, went to tanning salons, cooked Asian meals, and photoshopped herself into various images, which she took from the internet. This elaborate scheme was part of her university graduation project, which shows how social media doesn’t reflect reality.

Social media has become a filter through which one can fabricate everything. As long as you keep posting pictures and statuses, nobody will question your whereabouts. Born’s project represents a reality, while simultaneously representing a falsehood. A picture doesn’t always depict an exact situation, but it presents a real moment. “It raises questions about the representative power of pictures and reality itself.” Know more.