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How Accurately Does Social Media Portray The Lives Of Millennials?

In 2017, nearly every single person has some form of social media, whether it be #Snapchat, #Facebook, #Instagram, #Twitter, or something else


May 16, 2017 ( Newswire) - When it comes to millennials and social media, it is not many, but rather almost every single millennial has at least one social media application.

This got the wheels at LendEDU spinning. We wanted to find out just how accurately millennials are portraying their lives when they post on social media.

As it turns out, not accurately at all.

Only 6% of Millennials Have a "Completely True" Depiction of Their Lives on Social Media

In data licensed by LendEDU, 8,472 millennials were polled on the following question: "Do you think your social media portrays your personality and life accurately?"

When it came to portraying their lives, 15 percent of the respondents to this poll answered that their social media was "not true at all."

The majority, or 54 percent, of the millennials who participated in this poll said that their social media posts were a "somewhat true" depiction.

Meanwhile, 25 percent of millennials had a social media presence that was "mostly true."

Finally, only six percent of millennials stated that their social media accounts provided "completely true" representations of their lives.

While not entirely surprising, the fact that only six percent of millennials said their social media accounts portrayed their lives completely truthfully confirms a long standing belief. Anything posted on social media should be taken with a grain of salt, because with a little cleverness and craftiness, a social media post can completely distort reality.

The interesting thing about this poll was that millennials were admitting to their own self-deceptions on social media. The 15 percent that said their social media was "not true of me at all" know that they are totally fabricating their lives and have not only accepted it, but are are seemingly fine with it.

However, things are not all bad when it comes to truthfulness on social media. A combined 79 percent said that their social media was either "somewhat true," or "mostly true." And, there is still the six percent of millennial respondents, or shall we call them social media crusaders, who said their social media was a "completely true" portrayal of their lives.

Remember, the next time you see someone post an awesome looking picture on Instagram or Facebook do not get jealous, but temper your reaction. There is a 94 percent chance that poster is either completely lying or stretching the truth.


The data LendEDU gathered for this report was licensed from polling company Whatsgoodly. In total, 8,472 current college students were asked to answer the following question truthfully: "Do you think your social media portrays your personality and life accurately?" This poll was conducted from February 3rd, 2016 to April 25th, 2017. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that there are 20.5 million current college students in the United States. We estimate that our sample is representative of the population of college students with a margin of error of +-1.00%.

Source - The full report and methodology can be found here:

Mike Brown
Research Analyst

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