When young university student Casey Sosnowski recently uploaded a new Instagram post of herself wearing active gear in a wooded area, naturally the likes began to flood in.
And while her followers may have believed the tall blonde was taking photos while on a walk through the bush, her sister, Carly, was quick to set the record straight.
Little to Casey’s knowledge, Carly was keeping a close eye on her sister’s activities, taking her own photos of her sibling from afar before uploading them to Twitter alongside Casey’s post.
My sister said she was going hiking.....this is our backyard. pic.twitter.com/LDGhAHNSSp— ℂ𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕪 𝕊𝕠𝕤𝕟𝕠𝕨𝕤𝕜𝕚 (@carlysos3) August 4, 2019
“My sister said she was going hiking… this is our backyard,” Carly wrote.
Casey had posted the photo of herself on Instagram in pink leggings and a white crop top carrying a water bottle, with the caption: “Nature is the ultimate healer to all our problems.”
According to Carly’s screenshot of the Instagram post, her sister had also geotagged Lake Okahumpka Park and Trail.
It turns out Casey wasn’t on an adventure through bushland, but was at her home in Florida.
It wasn’t long before Carly’s post went viral, with more than 270,000 likes.
Many suggested the tweet uncovered the dark truth behind popular Instagram accounts which portray the “perfect” lifestyle.
“I was definitely surprised with how much attention it got,” Casey told Yahoo News Australia.
“I would’ve never expected that.”
In her version of events, she and her younger sister went into their garden to pose for photos as she hadn’t posted to Instagram in a while.
When looking over the pictures with her family she told them they made her appear as if she was going on a hike.
And while Casey’s caption didn’t directly say she was on a hike, certain elements of the pictures – such as carrying a water bottle – certainly alluded to it.
“This is why I don’t believe nothing (sic) people say on social media,” one person wrote on Carly’s Twitter post outing her sister.
“These type of people are ending the world. One post at a time,” another remarked.
And while some comments directed at Casey were negative, she said she found the majority of them to be “so funny”.
“Posting on social media alone makes you vulnerable to negativity from others so you’ve just got to accept that risk and have fun with it,” she told Yahoo News Australia.
Casey said she held no grudge over her sister’s tweet and it had become a poignant reminder to young girls idolising Instagram influencers that their lives may not necessarily be as glamorous as they portrayed.
“It just goes to show that not everyone’s life is as perfect as it seems on Instagram,” she warned.
Earlier this month, it was revealed a popular Instagram hotspot which looked like it was in the Caribbean was in fact the dumping ground for a nearby power plant.
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