Dutch student Zilla van den Born got her Facebook friends and family convinced that she was on a five-week vacation around Asia with just a simple photo manipulation tool.
Zilla faked her entire vacation with just Photoshop and some clever tricks.
The only person who knew the truth was her boyfriend, who helped her with this project.
According to Gapyear.com, Zilla “took” a 42-day break having a spectacular holiday in Asia without ever leaving her home in Amsterdam.
She posted photos of herself indulging in exotic food, visiting gorgeous beaches and even seeking serenity at a Buddhist temple.
Zilla even re-decorated her own bedroom to make it look like an Oriental hotel room and engaged in video conversations with her family via Skype.
Her friends and family believed her and did not raised any questions.
They did not realise this entire holiday was actually a university project to show how people can create illusion of the world they live in through social media.
Speaking to media in her home country, she said:
â€œI did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media, and that we create an online world which reality can no longer meet.
â€œMy goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality.
“Everybody knows that pictures of models are manipulated.
“But we often overlook the fact that we manipulate reality also in our own lives.â€MYNEWSHUB/STOMP
Photos: Zilla van der Born, Rex USA, Mercury Press & Media Ltd, Vimeo, Facebook