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Opinion BeReal isn’t actually real at all

BeReal exists as an intervention, but in many ways, it doesn’t feel like social media at all. The rules are simple: One photo of what’s in front of you, one photo of yourself. The whole point is to prove that you’re not seduced, like the rest of society, by the appeal of a false persona. The thing is, while spinning up optimized versions of ourselves may seem a hallmark of modern-day social media, it's also hallmark of plain old life. Are we not being authentic as we curate our lives for others? Or is curating actually a part of what real life looks like? We're already trying to prove we're capable of showing our “true” selves — fighting against the impulse to

There’s a little trick to BeReal, to which a bona fide Gen Z-er tipped me off