Wait what? In one of the most absurd complaints ever, wannabe influencer, Fiona Melbul (27) is blaming Instagram for her own debt! Fiona knew she couldn’t afford the trip, but went anyway. And now, she says the photo-video sharing platform forced her into borrowing that $20,000 in the first place!
Fiona secured a loan to travel to the US just to make her friends jealous
Whew! 27 year old Australian woman, Fiona Melbul, has made headlines for going on Channel 9’s A Current Affair to blame Instagram for her financial problems.
Citing Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) syndrome as the cause, Fiona saw a ‘one-time’ chance to visit Disneyland with her brother, and when she realized she couldn’t afford it, she decided to borrow for it!
The Aussie woman racked up about $20,000 in debt, just to post some shots on the gram to “feel good”.
“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,” she said.
“My brother said, ‘I’m going to Disneyland’. I said, ‘You’re not going without me!’ So I got a loan”
Fiona Melbul has to now live with parents till she can payback loan in full
“I think the trip, all-up, costs about 8k. All on credit,” she said, breaking down her expenses.
“Fiona also said one photo of her at Disneyland cost $10,000 when she factored in all the costs associated with being there”, Daily Mail reported.
And you wouldn’t guess how many likes that photo gained — a total of 18 likes and three comments.
Now, Fiona cannot afford rent and has moved in with her parents in order to save up to pay back.
Psychologist Christine Bagley explained A Current Affair how many think spending equals happiness
“It is just like fast food, not very substantial and nutritious, you’ve gotta keep going back for another hit,” Ms Bagley told the Channel 9 programme.
“We’re connected all the time and we’re constantly being reminded of what other people are doing, and that status-envy and downward comparing leads us to strive for this other life that’s not our own.”
“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”
Nevertheless, the effect often doesn’t last.
“But it’s short-lived, and the long-term consequences are quite devastating for some,” she added.