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One in six have shared FAKE snap on Instagram pretending it’s their own home logo 24/3/2019 Aoife Ryan Christensen
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We’re all familiar with that feeling of envy when we see someone’s polished life on Instagram. 

Maybe they work out more, maybe they make more money – maybe their house is gorgeous and you wish it was yours!

The dazzling snaps you share of your home are essentially the new way people brag about what they’ve got. 

But it’s not all real.

It seems a surprising number of people are prepared to cheat to impress their followers by posting FAKE images.

The Irish Mail on Sunday reports that a survey has found that one in six people have posted an image on Instagram that they pretended was their home when it belonged to someone else.

More than a quarter of the 2,000 people polled admitted to being so envious of images of friends’ properties on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, that it made them miserable.

Nearly half of 25 to 35-year-olds confessed they would buy an item purely on the basis of how it would improve their home’s appearance on social media.

Remarkably, some even admitted buying furniture and furnishings, posting pictures on Instagram and then returning the items to the store.

For first-time buyers, how ‘Instagrammable’ the property is matters. 

18% of 18- to 24-year-olds polled, would not buy a house unless they thought it would impress friends on social media, and 17% said they would pay more for such a home.

The survey was conducted for the Ideal Home Show, whose spokesman Justin Levett said: ‘It’s making people feel the need to not just keep up with their friends but to keep up with people they don’t even know across the world.’

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