AN Instagram fanatic frittered away thousands of pounds in a bid to make her followers envious.
Fiona Melbul, 27, she spent a small fortune on a trip to the United States because it “felt good” to make her friends jealous when seeing her photos on Instagram.
She told Australian news show A Current Affair: “You take those 10, 20 shots to take the perfect one, post on social media, then you wait for your friends to see it.“Then you get all those comments of them being jealous. It makes me feel good that I can do that.”
When her brother told her he was going to the States, she decided to join him on a six-week trip — even though she knew she could not afford it.
She said: “I think the trip, all-up, costs about 8k. All on credit.”
Ms Melbul’s quest for social media admiration was sending her credit card debt spiralling to $20,000 (£11,000).
And to pay it off, she was then forced her to move back in with her parents.
Psychologist Christine Bagley-Jones told A Current Affair posting about your life on social media may think money is the key to happiness.
Dr Bagley-Jones said: “It just is like fast food, not very substantial and nutritious, you’ve gotta keep going back for another hit.”
“It’s that instant gratification — you do get a little rush when you spend — your mind starts to release the dopamine and serotonin that gets us all excited.
“But it’s short-lived, and the long-term consequences are quite devastating for some.”
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