An Instagram user says she is over $5,000 dollars in debt after traveling to the US just to make her followers jealous – exclusive with Christine Bagley-Jones

Brisbane psychologist Christine Bagley-Jones told A Current Affair many Australians who see loved ones or influencers living it up on social media may think spending leads to happiness.

She added: “It just is like fast food, not very substantial and nutritious – you’ve gotta keep going back for another hit.

“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.”

She also explained some social media users get instant gratification from spending, but it is short-lived and potentially devastating in the long-term.

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